Derek Edwards is a financial services attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office. Clients depend on Mr. Edwards to be responsive, efficient, creative and tough. His time for them is spent crafting solutions, not learning the law.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Edwards has assisted public and private companies with hundreds of inter-company disputes. In particular, he is well-recognized nationwide as a leading attorney in the payments industry with considerable litigation experience defending and prosecuting claims of payment acquirers and processors and others with various financial technology (FinTech) matters. With an overall view of his clients' legal needs and potential pitfalls, Mr. Edwards is consistently leaned upon by his clients to address legal fires that originate from payment contracts and transactions, strategically avoid future unnecessary legal expenses that commonly plague small to medium-sized businesses, and provide overall business consulting concerning matters affecting a payment businesses' daily operations.

Mr. Edwards has also assisted financial institutions with consumer lawsuits and class action litigation arising from the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), Regulation E, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in courts across the country, from California to Massachusetts, Illinois to Texas, Mississippi to Delaware.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
  • Duke University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of California
  • All U.S. District Courts in Tennessee
  • All U.S. District Courts in California
  • All U.S. District Courts in Texas
  • All U.S. District Courts in Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Electronic Transactions Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2024