Scott E. Kauff
Scott E. Kauff
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Scott established the Law Offices of John K. Dema’s Washington, DC regional office in Rockville, Maryland in 2004...
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Jack Dema
Jack Dema
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John K. Dema is nationally recognized as a pioneer in natural resource damages litigation
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Briana Dema
Briana Dema
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Briana’s practice focuses in the areas of environmental litigation, including natural resource damages, products liability, and toxic torts litigation...
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Derek Sugimura
Derek Sugimura
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Derek’s practice focuses in the areas of environmental litigation, including natural resource damages, products liability, and toxic torts litigation...
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Eli Savit
Eli Savit
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Eli Savit is a Michigan-based attorney and a law professor at the University of Michigan Law School...
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Elise Keys
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Jamie Crooks
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Jamie currently assists the firm as Of Counsel in its representation of public clients in natural resource damages (“NRD”) actions...
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John T. Dema
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  • Environmental Litigation
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Products Liability and Toxic Torts Litigation
  • Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., summa cum laude, Political Science, University Honors, Foundation Honors
  • Hon. Howell Cobb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Hon. Marcia Crone, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Dist. of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern Dist. of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Dist. of Texas

Derek Sugimura

  • (340) 773-6142
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  • Environmental Litigation
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Products Liability and Toxic Torts Litigation
  • Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., summa cum laude, Political Science, University Honors, Foundation Honors
  • Hon. Howell Cobb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Hon. Marcia Crone, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Dist. of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern Dist. of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Dist. of Texas

Biography

Derek’s practice focuses in the areas of environmental litigation, including natural resource damages, products liability, and toxic torts litigation. Matters on which he currently works include lawsuits brought by public clients who have alleged significant contamination of groundwater and other natural resources by toxic and
hazardous substances.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Derek worked at two Washington, D.C.-area litigation boutiques, specializing in complex commercial litigation, policyholder-side insurance coverage, bankruptcy, and interbank disputes, with extensive experience in both bench and jury trials in both support and lead roles. Using both zealous litigation tactics and a willingness to reach fair compromises, he served as lead counsel in assisting his clients in obtaining more than $100 million in judgments and settlements, while working as a part of teams that secured hundreds of millions of dollars in additional recoveries in highly complex international multiparty disputes.

 

Before entering private practice, Derek clerked for the Honorable Howell Cobb, and then the Honorable Marcia Crone, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. He has served as an associate trustee for the Washington Lawyers Committee and co-chair of the Legal Aid Society’s Generous Associates fund-raising drive and is an avid fan of Texas A&M football.