Derek S. Hollingsworth - Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP

Derek S. Hollingsworth

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2017

Derek Hollingsworth has a track record of handling high-stakes, high-profile cases in both civil and criminal court. He was on the team that won an acquittal for famed pitcher Roger Clemens on federal perjury charges. He also represented the Arthur Andersen accounting firm amid the Enron scandal. Mr. Hollingsworth helped conduct a court of inquiry that led to jail time and disbarment of a former prosecutor for his role in the conviction of Michael Morton, a man exonerated by DNA evidence. And he represented a cancer doctor accused of poisoning her lover in a case that dominated Houston news coverage for weeks.

Mr. Hollingsworth notes that winning can come in several ways: It might be a great settlement. It might be winning a jury trial. Or it might be convincing the government to dismiss charges against a client. "I’ve had all those things happen,” he says.

After graduating first in his class from Baylor Law School, Mr. Hollingsworth clerked for Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen. A year later, he joined the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce in the commercial civil litigation section, but turned to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he could spend more time in the courtroom.

Rusty Hardin lured him away in 2003, calling Mr. Hollingsworth "uniquely qualified to live in both the civil and criminal trial worlds as a result of his clerkship at the Supreme Court, his civil litigation exposure at Hughes & Luce, and his criminal trial court experience at the District Attorney’s office.”

Additional Information

American Bar Association — Fellow
National Trial Lawyers — Top 100
Baylor UniversityBBA 1993Baylor University School of LawJ.D. 1997
State Bar of TexasFederal Bar Association, Houston chapterTexas Young Lawyers Assciation

Case History

Defense of Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo of MD Anderson Cancer Center — Represented Dr. Ana Maria Gonzales-Angulo, a cancer doctor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in her high-profile jury trial on charges that she poisoned her lover’s coffee. Client was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault for a case in which she faced a potential life sentence. 
Defense of Roger Clemens in federal perjury trial — Represented major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens in winning an acquittal at the end of a two-month federal trial in Washington, D.C., in which Clemens was charged with perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements. The charges stemmed from accusations of steroid use by Clemens’ former trainer.
Defense of Arthur Andersen in multiple cases — Represented accounting firm Arthur Andersen in complex securities class actions and dozens of other civil suits arising from the financial collapse of Enron Corp.
Defense of Nan Ya Plastics Corp. in trade secrets case — Represented Nan Ya Plastics Corp., a major Taiwanese corporation, in a theft of trade secrets case filed in Houston, Texas. After aggressively challenging the plaintiff’s claims for more than $400 million in damages, negotiated a settlement that was significantly less than Nan Ya’s remaining defense costs. The terms were so favorable that the remaining defendant, Formosa Plastics Corp., retained our firm as co-counsel to represent them at trial.

Office Location

Five Houston Center, Suite 2250
1401 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010
United States


Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar