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Derek works closely with clients, navigating complex mergers and acquisitions.

Derek regularly guides Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms, among other clients, through financial and strategic mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing and transportation sectors. During high-profile deals, he serves on dynamic legal teams that include industry experts, consultants and advisors such as investment bankers, tax professionals, accountants and non-corporate attorneys across the firm’s coast-to-coast footprint. Derek also advises on:

  • Joint ventures
  • Formation
  • Structure
  • Acquisition
  • Disposition

Derek understands the negotiation, pragmatism and collaboration that resolve client issues to implement winning results. In addition to negotiating opportunities at hand, he enjoys helping clients with matters of compliance, due diligence and other cost-effective measures that maximize day-to-day operations and position businesses for future growth.




  • J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Dean’s List
  • B.A., University of Arkansas


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Represented global packaging manufacturer in strategic acquisition of like business.
  • Represented individual in $1 million purchase of promotional products manufacturer.
News Releases | June 21, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents American Airlines in 50-Plane Purchase Agreement with Airbus

The transaction provides for converting 30 firmly ordered A321neo aircraft to the purchase of 30 A321 XLR aircraft, plus a commitment to purchase 20 additional A321 XLR aircraft.

Outside the Office

In fair weather, Derek and his wife spend most weekends boating on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake with their three dogs. Derek serves on the dock association.

Community Leadership
  • Isabel’s House, Associate Board

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