Derek S. Chaiken, Esq.


Derek S. Chaiken is an experienced trial attorney who tirelessly advocates for justice on behalf of his clients.  He has dedicated his practice to representing home and business owners in recovering compensation from their insurers and third parties when their property has been damaged.  He has had significant success litigating on behalf of his clients at mediation, arbitration and trial.  As a result of his professional accomplishments, Derek was named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2019-2022, an honor awarded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers.

Derek attended the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.  In law school, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Derek is licensed to practice law in all of the state and federal courts in California.  Derek is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

To learn more about insurance claim disputes from Derek, read his valuable contributions on the Merlin Law Group Blog here.


University of Detroit, Mercy School of Law
Juris Doctor

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies