Derek is an experienced DWI defense attorney that has handled hundreds of DWI felony and misdemeanor cases. He has been with Xavier DWI Defense Attorneys since 2010 and has dedicated his career to defending those charged with DWI.

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, he worked at Xavier DWI Defense Attorneys’s corporate office in Syracuse for approximately three (3) years following law school. Wanting to return home, Xavier DWI Defense Attorneys granted him the opportunity to transfer to the Rochester office and represent those charged in Western New York. He has attended numerous DWI defense seminars including some in New York City, Albany, and Boston.

Derek lives in Rochester and is an avid sports fan. He is an animal lover and owns a Rottweiler named “Odin.”

Why DWI Defense?

Simple. The clients. DWI is a criminal offense that affects people from many different backgrounds. Although it may feel that way at first, an arrest for DWI does not make one a “bad person.” DWI defense gives me the opportunity to advocate for good people who make a poor choice as well as the falsely accused. Whether it is through negotiation or litigation I work to get each one of my clients the best possible result.

Published Articles

To plea or not to plea?  That is the question.


  • Xavier DWI Defense Attorneys Courtroom Warrior Award: 2012
  • Xavier DWI Defense Attorneys Employee Excellence Award: 2013


  • New York State Bar Association
  • National College for DUI Defense


National College for DUI Defense: Summer Session at Harvard Law School: 2014