Derek represents individuals, public bodies, and private companies by advocating for them in criminal proceedings and collateral civil matters, helping them navigate government investigations and conducting internal investigations on their behalf.
Derek has assisted clients with investigations involving various state and federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Justice (DOJ); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM); Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Department of Labor (DOL); Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); U.S. Department of Defense (DOD); U.S. Postal Service (USPS); Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Federal Housing Administration (FHA); Federal Trade Commission (FTC); Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Office of Inspector General (OIG); Texas Attorney General; and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
Derek’s vast practice involving different governmental department’s investigations spans a broad range of issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), the Stark Law, the Texas Patient Solicitation Act (TPSA), the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act (TFEAA), the Texas Medicaid Fraud Statute (TMFS), the Texas False Claims Acts (TFCA), health care fraud, conspiracy, false statement, obstruction, commercial bribery, money laundering, forfeiture, embezzlement, bank fraud, securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud and public corruption.
Derek’s practice includes state criminal matters, such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), drug offenses and theft charges. He also advises clients when they have been contacted by federal or state investigators, have received a grand jury or administrative subpoena, or have been raided by a governmental agent.
In addition to the above, Derek has handled disputes for financial services institutions, oil and gas companies, current and retired professional athletes, and a variety of other commercial businesses. Derek has experience filing and defending cases involving common law claims, including breach of contract, business torts and equitable claims.
Complementing his litigation practice, Derek is a thorough and independent investigator. He is particularly skilled at maneuvering through the government’s un-culled databases of vast data and document collections utilized during the government’s investigation. He has years of experience managing data preservation, collection, extraction, processing, review and production.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2007
University of Denver, B.S.B.A. in Statistics, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2019
Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2018
October 16, 2019