Overview

Derek is an employment defense attorney focused on helping employers prevent lawsuits, and if necessary, prevail in litigation. Derek takes a hands-on, personal approach with all of his clients where he can emphasize effective and open communication. He has experience in both single plaintiff and class action defense, especially with cases arising under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, and the Texas Labor Code. He also handles charges of discrimination and retaliation filed with the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission. Derek has also recently developed a niche in the regulation of drug and alcohol testing programs so that he can create and implement policies to prioritize workplace safety.

Honors & Recognitions

Texas A&M University School of Law, Career Success

About Me

Derek is known for always being on the move. In his spare time, you can find Derek working out at Orangetheory Fitness, running along the Katy Trail, or playing tennis at local tennis centers. 

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "Progress is not inevitable. It is up to us to create it."
  • Michael Bloomberg

Education

Texas A&M University School of Law 

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 2019
  • Order of the Coif
  • Texas A&M Law Review
  • 3rd Place 2019 ABA National Mediation Competition

Texas A&M University

  • B.B.A., Business Honors and Management, summa cum laude, 2016

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 2019
  • Washington, 2021
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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