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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

Maryland Bar

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Derrick represents clients in a variety of areas including telecommunications litigation and regulatory proceedings; government and internal investigations; discovery requests; and immigrant rights.

Representative Experience

  • Represents clients involved in complex commercial arbitrations. 
  • Researches and drafts comments and other written submissions for clients in 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).
  • Counsels clients regarding compliance with FCC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs. 
  • Represents pro bono client in connection with a habeas corpus request based on immigration detention. 
  • Assists clients in responding to subpoenas and civil investigative demands.
  • Conducts regulatory due diligence and risk assessments for communications transactions.
  • 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)


  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Diverse Associates Network
  • Washington Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
    • Chair, Raising the Bar Committee
    • Member, Corporate Counsel Committee
  • J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
  • Greater Washington Urban League, Thursday Network
    • Chair, Civic Engagement Committee
  • Alfred Street Baptist Church, Legal Resources Ministry