Derek’s entrepreneurial mindset makes him trusted counsel regarding the business operations of public school districts. Whether it is negotiating a labor contract, tax abatement, or real estate deal, or representing a district in tax hearings, Derek knows how to keep a district’s goals and bottom line in mind. Derek is known for his ability to zero in on the most effective path to clients’ desired outcomes, while helping to weigh the risks, costs and benefits of options.
Representing school districts, Derek has significant experience in collective bargaining, labor grievances, termination proceedings, employment discrimination defense, and general employment law matters. Derek has represented school districts and public agencies in both state and federal court, including trying cases before the bench and before a jury. Derek finds creative solutions to complex legal problems and is valued counsel for his clients.
Super Lawyer Rising Star 2014-2019.
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A former athlete, Derek continues to sharpen his competitive spirit through weightlifting and running.