Derek Austin Esq.

Managing Attorney and Chief Legal Strategist for Schank & Associates, Northern California Offices

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Derek L. Austin Esq.

Certified Family Law Specialist – #239655

Derek is a California Certified Family Law Specialist. He did his undergraduate education at the University of California at San Diego, and received his law degree from Santa Clara University. He is native to San Jose and attended Independence High School.

Early in his legal career, Derek appeared and prevailed before the 1st District, California Court of Appeal (Published Opinion 161 Cal.App.4th 809). Thereafter, he focused his practice mainly on family law. In 2010, Derek started his own practice after leaving a regional law firm in San Jose. Derek’s solo practice focused exclusively on family and criminal law.

In 2017, Derek merged his practice with Schank & Associates. Since that time, Derek has assisted Mr. Schank with managing and building his firm’s family law presence in 5 of the major Northern California counties [Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa]. Derek is known for his straight forward, practical approach to problem-solving. However, Derek is a trial attorney at his core and litigation strategy is his strength. His trial-first approach and preparation positions his clients to achieve favorable results prior to trial.

Derek is passionate about his family, friends, community and work-ethic. He loves all sports and especially watching his two boys play baseball, football, basketball and volleyball. Married to his amazing wife since 2000, Derek takes every opportunity to spend his free time with her and his kids.

Past Legal Representations and Disposition:


  • Obtained an award of $22,000 per month in temporary spousal support for the wife of a prominent trucking company owner.
  • Negotiated custody, visitation and child support in a case involving both MLB and NFL players.
  • Successfully defended a client during a lengthy trial against serious and documented domestic violence allegations.
  • Represented several music moguls and/or their wives in contentious dissolution and spousal support proceedings.
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