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Derek represents clients in complex and sophisticated financial transactions. 

He represents real estate developers in the purchase, sale, leasing or financing of property. He also frequently counsels financial institutions when it comes to financing real estate loans, commercial lending, agricultural lending, and new market tax credits, and other tax financing. He tailors his solutions to specific client needs. Whether assisting with the dissolution of business assets or helping investors purchase luxury residential property, Derek is able to provide cost-effective, favorable answers to help clients achieve their business goals.




  • Associate Member of the Year, NAIOP - Wisconsin Chapter, 2017
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Staff Editor and Articles Editor, SMU Law Review Association
  • Inaugural Member of the SMU BBA Scholars Program 


  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    • cum laude
  • Sports Law Certificate, Marquette University Law School
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University


  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association)
  • NAIOP Membership Committee, Chair
  • Commercial Association of Realtors
  • Represent global financial institution in participation into $300,000,000 multi-lender, multi-tranche asset-based credit facility loan to one of the country's largest agricultural producers.
  • Represent national and regional financial institutions in large syndicated, participated, and single bank construction, acquisition, and refinance loan transactions for commercial real estate properties across the United States.
  • Represent borrowers, lenders, leverage lenders, and community development entities in new market tax credit financing transactions across the United States.
  • Represent national waterpark developers in acquisition, development, and re-development of waterpark resort hotel facilities across the United States.
  • Represented a professional football team in negotiating and documenting one of the largest stadium naming rights deals in the nation, as well as in acquiring land for the development of the team's headquarters and practice facility.
Outside the Office

Derek is serious about meat and flames.

He barbecues competitively on the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) circuit in the Midwest and in other non-sanctioned competitions. He is also a founding board member of the Wisconsin BBQ Posse Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that publicizes food sport, fosters partnerships and mentors novice competitors.

Community Leadership

General Counsel to Sharing Life Community Outreach