Derek Carr, JD

Senior Attorney
Derek Carr

As a senior attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Derek works across multiple program areas, often focusing on issues related to good governance, preemption, health equity, and substance use and addiction, including commercial tobacco control. He has coauthored publications and presented on legal, policy, and equity considerations associated with overdose prevention, harm reduction, commercial tobacco, cannabis, legal epidemiology, and preemption.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Derek was a legal fellow at the Network for Public Health Law, where he helped create legal and policy interventions to reduce drug-related harm. He also worked on issues related to health care access and Medicaid as a legal intern at the National Health Law Program's office in Carrboro, North Carolina. In law school, Derek spent multiple terms in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, providing direct legal services to low-income individuals on housing and employment matters.

Derek received both his bachelor’s degree in public policy and political science and his law degree from the University of North Carolina.