Overview

Derek K. Mountford is a Jacksonville trial attorney who focuses his practice on general commercial, class action and consumer financial services litigation.

Mr. Mountford is experienced in handling complex state and federal court actions across the country, including class actions. He is well-versed in advising on a diverse array of issues, such as products liability, coverage disputes, breach of contract and patent infringement.

As a litigator, Mr. Mountford has substantial class action and mass action experience, defending a variety of clients across the country in both state and federal courts. This includes cases in Florida, Illinois, South Carolina and Mississippi, among others. He served as lead associate in class action or mass action matters in which the courts have dismissed the claims against his clients, or otherwise refused to certify a class against them.

Mr. Mountford regularly represents clients in the banking, auto financing and mortgage servicing industries, with respect to a variety of consumer protection-related matters. This includes defending claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and other related statutes. His work in this area of the law has resulted in Mr. Mountford's appointment to The Florida Bar's Consumer Protection Law Committee for the July 2019 to June 2020 term.

In addition, Mr. Mountford is active in community service and diversity initiatives at Holland & Knight. He coordinated the Jacksonville office's 2018 9/11 Day of Service project, which included firm employees, firm clients and community members working together to aid at-risk youth in the Jacksonville community. Mr. Mountford also is a member of the Jacksonville office's Diversity Committee.

Outside of the office, Mr. Mountford serves on the board of directors for UCOM, a nonprofit food pantry, and participates in numerous bar associations.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Harding University, B.A., with distinction
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • All Appellate Courts in Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee, 2019-2020
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Jax MVP Program, Class of 2019
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court – Associate, 2017-2018
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter
  • Jacksonville Bar Association