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Derick E. Konz
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Mr. Konz focuses his practice on federal civil rights litigation and is proud to represent those that serve the public good. He has effectively defended numerous public employees including police officers, sheriff's deputies, correctional officers, administrative staff, superior court judges, judicial commissioners, and judicial clerks. His primary expertise involves claims brought under the United States Constitution and his cases largely involve allegations of excessive force, unlawful detention, unlawful search, unlawful conditions of confinement, and the ADA. Although, he also has experience defending religious organizations, state-regulated care facilities, and private businesses in cases involving discrimination, elder abuse, and dangerous conditions.

Mr. Konz regularly presents to law enforcement agencies on various topics, including use-of-force, interactions with the mentally-ill, warrantless home entries, report writing, and record-keeping.

While each case is unique, he approaches them with the same underlying first principle: thorough early analysis and a targeted plan for resolution.

Before joining Angelo, Kilday, & Kilduff, Mr. Konz worked as a math teacher at a public high school in Stockton for eight years. During the final three years, he attended McGeorge School of Law as an evening student while teaching during the day, graduated as a member of the Traynor Honor Society, and received the Witkin Award in Criminal Procedure. He interned with the San Joaquin County Public Defender during the summers and regularly volunteered at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.

He currently serves as a volunteer judge for the McGeorge School of Law National Trial Ethics Competition and regularly volunteers as a youth sports coach in the City of Lodi. He was selected as a Rising Star in 2018 and 2019 by Super Lawyers and featured in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyers List.

Practice Areas:

  • Public Entity Defense
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Elder Abuse
  • General Torts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Past Positions

  • Mayall Hurley, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2013 to 2017
  • San Joaquin County Public Defender, Certified Law Student, 2010 to 2011


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 06/2012
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • St. Mary’s College of California
    • B.A. - 05/2001
    • Major: Philosophy

Representative Cases

  • Porter v. Vignau (9th Cir. July 16, 2018) No. 18-15332, 2018 WL 3551007