Daryl L. Derryberry from lawyer office DZLAW from Tyler TX

Daryl L. Derryberry is board certified in Personal Injury Trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Daryl is also AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, an honor bestowed on him based on recommendations from trial judges and opposing counsel. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from 2017-2020 as recognized by Texas Monthly Magazine.


Daryl is a founding partner of Derryberry Zips, PLLC (“DZ”). Daryl’s legal career spans nearly three (3) decades and includes being lead counsel in trials that resulted in verdicts and settlements totaling tens of millions of dollars. These trial verdicts and settlements include representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and complex business cases, including representing clients in oil field cases, 18-wheeler crashes, large commercial vehicle crashes, medical negligence cases, products liability, broker malpractice, and breach of fiduciary duty cases. Daryl focuses his practice on clients who have sustained catastrophic, life-changing injuries and wrongful death cases.

Daryl exclusively limits his practice to the representation of individuals and businesses who have been the victims of the negligent, grossly negligent and wrongful acts of corporations and individuals who violate basic safety standards and rules.


“My philosophy is to aggressively pursue the businesses, their employees and other individuals who cause catastrophic injuries and deaths to other people because of the violation of basic safety standards and rules that are designed to protect all members of our communities. Unfortunately, it is the norm for a company to have a safety standard in a written policy and then not require its employees to follow the safety standard. As you might expect, this failure to enforce basic safety standards and rules leads to disastrous incidents that cause havoc and destruction to our clients’ lives. I take a personal interest in each case because my experience has shown me the suffering our clients endure during the process that is involved in holding corporate businesses accountable for their negligence and gross negligence. DZ has staying power and the financial resources required to take on the largest of corporations and their teams of lawyers who will stop at nothing to avoid responsibility to properly compensate the victims of their misdeeds and harmful acts. I feel a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction from knowing I have been able to obtain a measure of justice in “righting wrongs” and helping those who need it the most. The courtroom is the ultimate equalizer and DZ is here to help those who have been harmed by others.”

Daryl’s AVVO Client Reviews

Daryl L. Derryberry

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Daryl is listed as a Top-Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Tyler, TX and as a Super Lawyer for personal injury by Texas Monthly Magazine. His peers have bestowed this honor on Daryl four consecutive years from 2017-2022.

Daryl is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. There are approximately 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas. According to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, approximately 2.4% of these 70,000 attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. Daryl is one of the few who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

Daryl is a “Life Member – Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®.” Fewer than 1% of U.S. attorneys are members of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. It is an exclusive organization limited to lawyers who have obtained the requisite verdicts. There are over 4000 members throughout the United States and Daryl is one of its select members.


Daryl is a member of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Each year, the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows (or members) of the Texas Bar Foundation. Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a commitment to the community. Membership in the Fellows is restricted to Texas attorneys.

Legal Experience

  • Derryberry Zips, PLLC,member, May, 2012 – Present
  • Derryberry & Zips, PLLC, member, 2002 – 2012
  • Flowers, Davis, Fraser & Derryberry, partner, 1999 – 2001
  • Cooper, Flowers & Derryberry, partner, 1995 – 2001
  • Law Office of Charles Clark, PC, associate, 1994 – 1995
  • Cowles & Thompson, PC, associate, 1991 – 1994


  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance, Cum Laude, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, 1988
  • Juris Doctorate (JD), The University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1991

Licenses & Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court for Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Select Presentations

  • Author and Speaker, State Bar of Texas, 23rd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2007, “Chapter 95: Its Application to Oil & Gas and Construction Cases.”
  • “Bail Bond Forfeitures” Seminar, Speaker, Northern and Eastern County Judges Association of Texas, 1997
  • “Civil Rights Litigation”, Speaker, County Constables Association Seminar, 1998

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