A significant portion of Derek’s practice consists of business litigation, representing corporate clients in commercial disputes. Derek handles all aspects of such disputes, including initial investigations, settlement negotiations, alternate dispute resolution, motion practice, and trial. Employment litigation for workplace disputes is also a focus of Derek’s practice.
Before entering private practice in Chicago, Derek had significant tenures at several Fortune 500 companies while earning his undergraduate degree at Indiana University (IPFW) – Fort Wayne. After graduating with a B.S. in Business in 1997, Derek enrolled at the Northern Illinois University College of Law and received his J.D. in 2001. He then joined the Controller’s Office at Illinois Institute of Technology and earned the LL.M. Taxation degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) in 2005. Derek is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
As a lawyer and CPA, Derek also provides general counseling and risk management advice to businesses. Derek currently serves as outside general counsel to multiple companies. In that role, Derek helps businesses evaluate legal and tax issues as they arise, prepares businesses to minimize their liability in the future, and provides business and tax planning advice.
Derek is an active member of the New Tampa Rotary Club. Additionally, Derek is also a regular attendee at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tampa. He also maintains a membership with the Hillsborough Bar Association.
Derek is admitted to practice before the bars of Florida, Illinois, United States Tax Court, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.