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J.D., cum laude, Howard University School of Law

M.P.A., Louisiana State University 

B.A., Louisiana State University 

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar (*Pending, supervised by principals of the firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar)

Maryland Bar

Derrick assists clients with a variety of matters related to commercial litigation; government and internal investigations; discovery requests; and immigrant rights. 

Representative Experience

  • Assists clients in developing strategy for and preparing comments in complex proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 
  • Counsels clients on the implications of recent U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence on the seal requirement under the False Claims Act (FCA).
  • Represents pro bono client in connection with a habeas corpus request based an immigration detention. 
  • Assists clients in responding to subpoenas and civil investigative demands.
  • Researches and drafts memoranda on issues including the Fourth Amendment rights, prisoner rights, immigrant rights, contract termination clauses, and alternative dispute resolution clauses in public labor contract.
  • Led a team in writing an amicus brief in a Fourteenth Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Dean Danielle Holley-Walker, Howard University School of Law (2015-2016)
  • Student Attorney, Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic (2015-2016)
  • Corporate Legal Intern, AT&T Federal Legal Department (2014)
  • Legislative Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Cedric Richmond (2013)


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Committee
    • Corporate Counsel Section
  • Greater Washington Urban League, Thursday Network
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Alfred Street Baptist Church, Legal Resources Ministry

*Not admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Supervised by principals of the firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.