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Derek J. Bush is the Regional Managing Partner for the Jacksonville office of Rissman. His practice concentrates on Medical Malpractice Defense, Product Liability, Auto Negligence, Construction Liability, Insurance Defense, and Premise Liability.

When Rissman founded a brand-new office in Jacksonville to further support our clients there, Derek took the lead on opening our new location and pioneering a presence in the area. Derek’s sterling reputation in client service led the way as we established our firm’s new base in North Florida, invigorating the confidence of our local clients as we worked to achieve their goals through risk management, alternative dispute resolution, and aggressive defense through trial.

Derek protects the interests of his clients by preparing each case as though it will be decided by a jury. The result of this commitment to hard work and diligence? Superior service and the best possible outcomes even when trial is avoided. Above all, Derek strives to embody integrity, professionalism, and advocacy in his everyday as an attorney. And he works hard in every case to earn the trust and respect of his client, his peers, and the judges in front of whom he practices.

Derek is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers (2018-2022).

How I resolve

More than anything, I’m committed to three daily characteristics in my job: integrity, professionalism and advocacy.

Practice areas

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida – 2008-Present
  • U.S. Middle District of Florida – 2013-Present
  • U.S. Southern District of Florida - 2014-Present


  • Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, VA (JD, May 2008)
    Law Review Editorial Board, Articles & Book Reviews Editor
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Founder/Chairman
    Moot Court Board, Director of External Relations
  • Michigan State University, College of Social Sciences, East Lansing, MI
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law, May 2005


  • Florida Bar Association – 2008-Present
  • Hillsborough County Grievance Committee G, Member – 2020-Present, Vice Chairman – 2021
  • Herbert G. Goldberg Criminal Law Inn of Court – 2009
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association – 2010-Present
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