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Overview

Clients value Derek’s business acumen in creating customized legal solutions.

A passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals led Derek to corporate law, serving on the firm’s team that navigates clients through mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, commercial lending, securities law compliance and commercial contracting. Derek enjoys working with clients at all phases of growth, from emerging startups to multinational corporations. He assists clients in numerous sectors including:

  • Real estate
  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Medical device

Derek provides counsel and transactional work including corporate governance, due diligence, drafting and reviewing a wide range of contracts, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. Clients appreciate Derek's understanding of the intersection of business and law, marked by his ability to communicate and deliver practical legal solutions for business needs. He enjoys acting as a business partner, helping clients assess and navigate the legal aspects of complex deals so they can stay on track with business goals.


Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • CALI Award for Excellence: Constitutional Law, Corporate Finance, Evidence, Criminal Law, Torts II, Tax Theory, and Negotiations
    • Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, Managing Editor
  • B.S.B.A., University of Tennessee
    • summa cum laude
    • Accounting

Admissions

  • Tennessee

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
Experience
  • Led private placement equity offering for a medical device startup.
  • Represented seller in $2 million stock sale of wholly owned sanitation services business to private equity-backed acquiror.
  • Served on commercial contract team for several manufacturing clients, negotiating and drafting a variety of contracts, including manufacturing supply agreements, warehousing agreements, and freight carrier agreements.
  • Serves as outside general counsel for an emerging growth stage healthcare company.
  • Advised several technology startups and real estate funds on entity formation, corporate governance, securities offerings, and investor relations issues.
Outside the Office

Derek enjoys the great outdoors, including the occasional snowfall.

Derek has found the rare places to snow ski in the Southeast: the Great Smoky Mountains and a few spots in West Virginia. He also enjoys hiking, fishing and cheering on the Tennessee Vols.

Community Leadership
  • University of Tennessee System Promise Scholarship Program, Professional Mentor

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