A top-rated trial attorney, Derek is a tenacious, and skilled litigator.
With a practice focused primarily on labor and employment law, he has significant litigation experience involving state and federal employment law claims and also regularly advises businesses on all aspects of employment law practices and policies. Derek also provides outside general counsel services to companies ranging from recognizable, national, multi-unit restaurant franchisers to small startup companies, across Texas.
Derek advocates on behalf of clients before various state and federal regulatory agencies, and is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the Northern District of Florida and the Northern District of Indiana. His experience includes representation, advice, and counseling in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB), the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), the Texas Work Force Commission (TWC), the United States Department of Labor (DOL), the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).
As a former Chief Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, he is a skilled white-collar fraud investigator and litigator. Derek also has extensive experience handling complex commercial litigation, including corporate, securities, and franchise disputes.
An AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, a recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by his peers, Derek has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, a recognition earned by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Texas.
In his free time, Derek keeps himself busy coaching his three children’s sport teams. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, being physically active and is a proud member of the Texas Smoke’em BBQ Team.
- Houston Bar Association
- Austin Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Board Member – Legacy – The School of Sport Science