Derek D. Tarver


Derek D. Tarver represents individuals injured by defective products, industrial accidents, medical malpractice, and general negligence. Derek began his practice as a corporate defense attorney but had a change of heart after seeing firsthand how strong legal representation can potentially improve the lives of people in need. Derek joined Parker Law Group in 2023.

Derek has been recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Products Liability Litigation, and South Carolina Super Lawyers: Rising Stars for his practice in Products Liability. He graduated from the South Carolina School of Law, magna cum laude, where he received the CALI Award for the highest scores in his class in Torts, Products Liability, Legal Writing for the Courts, Appellate Advocacy, Fourth Circuit Practice, Choice of Law, and Comparative Law. After graduating, Derek served as the Associate Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s committee on developing legislation for automated vehicles. Derek has since served as a regular guest lecturer at the law school and on legal panels discussing topics including automotive products liability, personal injuries, and industrial accidents.

When he’s not working, Derek is wrangling his two wild sons and/or trying to spend time with his beautiful wife, Kate, who is way out of his league. He also exercises a lot, but only after doing his chores.

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Products Liability Litigation, 2023
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars, Products Liability, 2024


  • South Carolina Association for Justice


  • Undergraduate – USC, Beaufort
  • J.D. – SC School of Law, 2017, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina

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