Derek has tried over 140 jury cases to verdict, winning over 80 percent. His law practice involves complex civil litigation with a focus on trial work. Derek represents companies and individuals in cases involving death, personal injury, product liability, liquor liability, false imprisonment, insurance fraud, professional negligence, and white-collar criminal matters. His regulatory work includes representation of professionals before the Oregon Board of Accountancy, the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners, the Oregon Board of Nursing, the Oregon Real Estate Agency, Oregon OSHA, and defense of hospitality clients before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
Derek is preferred counsel for Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., National Interstate Insurance Company, Vanliner Insurance Company, ATTIC RRG, CAMICO, Hudson Insurance, Great West Casualty, C.R. England, Inc., and Snap-on Inc.
Before entering private practice, Derek served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, where he tried major felony criminal cases including aggravated murder. Since leaving the District Attorney’s office, he has served as a special prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office in conflict matters.