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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)
  • Alcohol & beverage
  • Hospitality

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. Additionally, Derek counsels clients in the hotel, restaurant and hospitality industry on operational and alcoholic beverage licensing and compliance, assisting them with acquiring and maintaining licenses to launch or expand their businesses. He has experience with state and local regulatory agencies, acting as a liaison between clients and government agencies as well as representing clients at regulatory hearings.


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.
  • Represented seller in $2.4 million asset sale of veterinary practice to national veterinary care network.
  • Represented buyer in $29 million stock purchase and redemption of shares and associated financing in connection with a capital and governance restructuring of a closely held mining company.
  • Represented national hotel brand and management company in connection with conversion of management of a portfolio of several Tennessee hotels, assisting with operational, tax, and alcoholic beverage licensing and compliance matters.
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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