10077 Grogan’s Mill Road, Suite 325
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Labor and Employment law
White-Collar Criminal Defense/Corporate Fraud Investigations
Derek’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, corporate law, commercial litigation, regulatory/administrative law, securities law, sports law and white-collar criminal defense/corporate fraud investigations. Derek also provides outside general counsel services to companies ranging from recognizable, national, multi-unit restaurant franchisors to small startup companies across the Texas.
Derek regularly advocates on behalf of clients before various state and federal regulatory agencies. His experience includes representation, advice, and counseling related to matters pending 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), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
Derek has been rated an AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. He has also been listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, a Thompson Reuters Publication, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, a recognition earned by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Texas. Derek has also been elected to membership in the prestigious Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Derek is a former Chief Prosecutor for one of the largest District Attorney Offices in the United States, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas. In that capacity, he gained extensive experience, knowledge and skill litigating and investigating white-collar crimes and commercial fraud matters. His distinctive history as a former prosecutor affords his clients a unique prospective when it comes to investigating, evaluating and litigating cases.
South Texas College of Law, JD Baylor University, BA; history
Super Lawyer Rising Star 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
United States District Courts: Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas,
Western District of Texas, Northern District of Indiana, Northern District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit