Senior Attorney

Derek prides himself on being a young, intelligent, and aggressive attorney who is motivated to actively defend his clients’ interests and rights. He approaches each of his client’s cases as unique and treats each person as his equal. Whether it be pursuing a quick resolution through negotiation or litigating a case before a judge and jury, Derek is always trying his hardest to get the best result. He understands, though, that the best result changes from person to person and he crafts a defense strategy to suit that client.

Prior to joining Nave DWI Defense Attorneys, Derek learned that the criminal justice system can be unfair and break down even the toughest among us if they don’t understand how the systems work. For that reason, he has dedicated his practice to defending individuals charged with crimes who deserve to be defended by an attorney willing to go the extra mile.

Since Derek devoted his practice to criminal defense, he has spent the majority of his time in the courtroom fighting for his clients and he has taken numerous cases to verdict before juries. He regularly spends his time researching developments in the law and incorporating new knowledge into his practice so that he can better represent his clients.

For the last four years in a row, Derek was selected for inclusion on Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list for Upstate New York criminal defense and DWI/DUI lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He was awarded the highest peer rating, AV Preeminent, on Martindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Derek also achieved a 10.0 out 10.0 rating on AVVO, a 3rd party attorney rating system where clients can find reputable attorneys and ask questions of those same attorneys.

Published Articles

DMV’s Negative Units System and Why Every Driver Should Know About It
6 Reasons You May Not Want to Plead Guilty
Client Counseling Presentation at Syracuse College of Law





* Methodology for selection to the Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars list can be found here: