Law Practice:

Derek has tried over 135 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, and white collar criminal matters. His regulatory work includes representation of accounting professionals before the Oregon Board of Accountancy and defense of hospitality clients before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He is preferred NW counsel for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Derek is preferred counsel for Aramark, ATTIC, CAMICO, Canal Insurance, Crum & Forster, Falck, U.S.A., FedEx Express, Founder’s Insurance Company, National Interstate Insurance Company, Republic Services, Inc., RLI Transportation, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., Snap-on Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Swift Transportation Company, United Rentals (North America), Inc., and VanLiner Insurance.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, 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. He is among a select group of attorneys chosen by The Portland Police Union to represent police officers involved in deadly force incidents.


Education & Bar Admissions:

Derek received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Oregon Law School in 1987.

Derek was admitted to the Oregon State Bar Association in 1987, the United States District Court of Oregon in 2003, and the Washington State Bar Association in 2008.



Professional Activities:

Derek was named Chair for the ALFA International Transportation Practice Group for the year 2016-2017.  He was the Vice Chair in 2016, and Program Chair for the 2015 ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar that was held in Coronado, California. ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms, having 150 member firms throughout the world.  ALFA’s 80 U.S. law firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas.  ALFA’s 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico, and South America.  ALFA International’s mission is to provide high quality, cost efficient legal services wherever our clients need them.

He is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association, the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. He is also on the Steering Committee for both the Transportation Practice Group and the Product Liability and Complex Tort Practice Group of ALFA International. Derek is also a member of the Oregon Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.

Derek is a frequent speaker.


Derek was a board member and treasurer for Cardinal Football, a non-profit corporation that serves Lincoln High School. He served as an assistant football coach at Lincoln High School and was a member of the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.


When Derek is not at the office, you can find him exercising, traveling, fishing, socializing, and following his Oregon Ducks.


“Pre-Claim Investigations”
ATTIC RRG Safety Conference, Missoula, Montana, June, 2016

“ATTIC Safety Conference”
Legal Prospective – discussion participant, Kimpton Hotel, Denver, Colorado, 2014

“Premises Liability for Third-Party Acts”
Speaker and Panel Moderator – ALFA International Hospitality Law Seminar, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California, 2013

“Legal Update: Criminal Law Issues”
Speaker – Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Police Annual Regional Law Enforcement Conference, Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, Washington, 2013

“Cross Examination”
Conducted a live cross-examination of a major transportation company’s Safety Director before seminar attendees and a mock jury- ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida, 2012

“Expert Witnesses”
Speaker- Lincoln High School, Forensics Class, 2012

“CSA- From the Boardroom to the Courtroom”
Speaker and Moderator- ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, 2011

“Liquor Liability Issues”
Speaker- ALFA International Hospitality Law Seminar, Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale, Arizona, 2011

“Experts and Consultants”
Presentation to Moss Adams Business Risk Group, April, 2010

“Missing Driver – Legal Strategies”
ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California, 2009

“Trial Evidence”
Presenter – Oregon State Bar CLE, 2008

“Winter Driving and Preserving Evidence”
Presenter- Oregon Trucking Association, 2008

“Mediation – The Empathic Approach”
Panel Moderator, ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Barton Springs Ranch Resort, Austin, Texas, 2007

“Making Winning Presentations to the Court in Motions to Suppress”
Presenter, Oregon Law Institute’s Search & Seizure Summit, 2002


“Oregon Statutory Time Limitations”
Authored chapter pertaining to statutory time limitations for Liquor Liability matters.  Published in April 2014 by the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund.


Client Comments:

“Beautiful! Great job bringing this one in. I am not gushing, but I handle just about every state in the Union. There are only six attorneys that I implicitly trust, and one of those guys is a coverage guy. You sir, are one of the six!”

“Thank you again for your excellent presentation yesterday.  We greatly appreciate that you took time from your schedule to talk to the group.  Your comments were very timely and insightful, and they provided valuable perspective on serving as an expert witness.”

“Great job on this, Derek. Your approach to this was incredibly thorough. Thank you for everything.”