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 works. 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.

In 2016, Super Lawyers announced that Derek was listed as an Upstate New York Rising Star*. He lectured on negotiation skills and client counseling at Syracuse University College of Law and he is an active member of the New York State Associate for Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in New York state courts and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

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


        • Onondaga County Bar Association
        • Volunteer Lawyers Project
        • New York State Bar Association

Client Testimonials

People vs. D.M. | Johnson City, N.Y.





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