Derek is an associate in the firm's Consumer Financial Services Practice Group, where he represents clients in consumer financial services law, business disputes, and commercial litigation in both the federal and state courts. He
is part of the firm's national practice defending consumer-facing companies of all types in individual claims and class action suits.
Prior to joining the firm, Derek served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr. and Honorable J. Randal Hall in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. During law school, Derek served as judicial intern
to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Derek has previously represented clients in the health care, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, and transportation industries in a wide variety of commercial disputes including insurance coverage, partnership disputes, breach
of contract, civil RICO, breach of fiduciary duties, and trade secrets litigation.
Recovered a seven-figure breach of contract verdict in arbitration on behalf of a health care administration company for a hospital's improper contract termination.
Recovered a six-figure verdict and defeated nearly $2 million in adverse claims in a five-day arbitration hearing representing a doctor group against a Medicare Advantage insurance company.
Advised numerous businesses in the hospitality, real estate, and retail industries related to business interruption insurance coverage for losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Successfully represented a regional construction company in a dispute against its insurance carrier and insurance broker related to a multimillion-dollar professional liability claim.
Representative matters may include engagements before joining Troutman Pepper.