• Fort Worth
  • Dallas

Derek represents clients in a wide range of civil lawsuits and helps his clients solve problems.

A particular area of focus for Derek is federal-court litigation.  Prior to joining Cantey Hanger, Derek served for three years as law clerk to the Honorable Terry R. Means, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division.  Derek currently serves on the Court Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Derek is also an appellate practitioner, having argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Other areas of emphasis within Derek’s practice include qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act, insurance-coverage litigation, contract disputes, construction-related litigation, and serving as de facto general counsel for small businesses and organizations.

Principal Practice Areas

Contact Information

Phone: (817) 877-2850
Fax: (817) 333-2950


600 W. 6th St. #300
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
500 North Akard Street, Suite 2940
Dallas, Texas 75201
  • Matthews v. Green, No. 4:22-CV-0471-P, 2023 WL 319949 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 19, 2023)
  • Sealed Appellant v. Sealed Appellee, No. 22-10116, 2022 WL 3359272 (5th Cir. Aug. 15, 2022)
  • United States ex rel. Roshan v. E. Texas Med. Ctr., No. 6:16-CV-01128-JDK, 2020 WL 8918651 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 24, 2020)
  • Surratt v. McClarin, 851 F.3d 389 (5th Cir. 2017), denied sub nom. Surratt v. McClaran, No. 16-1492, 2017 WL 2573655 (U.S. Oct. 2, 2017);
  • Jones v. Shivers, No. 16-41347, 2017 WL 3911775 (5th Cir. Sept. 6, 2017)
  • Hurlston v. City of Princeton, 672 F. App’x 335 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Hackbelt 27 Partners, L.P. v. City of Coppell, 661 F. App’x 843 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Hefner v. Texas Health Mem’l Hosp. Fort Worth, 720 F. App’x 732 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • House of Praise Ministries, Inc. v. City of Red Oak, No. 10-15-00148-CV, 2017 WL 1750066 (Tex. App.—Waco May 3, 2017, no pet.)
  • Ashley Electric LLC v. VM Energy LLC et al., No. DC-14-01128, 95th Judicial District Court, Dallas County (Nov. 17, 2014)
  • Capshaw v. Fort Worth Independent School District, 4:17-cv-00094-A (N.D. Tex. Mar. 21, 2017)
  • Licensed in Tennessee, 2010
  • Licensed in Texas, 2013
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Diversity Committee
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Leading Edge, Class of 2017
  • Co-Founder, Community Frontline of Fort Worth, Inc.
  • Mentor, Kid’s Hope USA, I.M. Terrell Elementary School, 2014
  • Volunteer, GO Center, Dunbar Middle School, 2015
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Coach, Mock Trial Team, Young Men’s Leadership Academy (2022)
  • Coach, Mock Trial Team, Young Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academies (2021)
  • Selected “Rising Star” for 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Texas Super Lawyers
  • Co-Recipient, Community Service Award, 2018, presented by Dunbar High School Alumni Association
  • Recognized in Fort Worth Inc. Magazine for being a “Top Attorney” for 2018 and 2021
  • Rocketship Public Schools Texas, Board Member
  • Court Advisory Committee, U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of Texas
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • Selected to 360West Magazine’s “Top Attorneys 2021”
  • The University of Memphis, J.D., 2010
    Managing Editor, The University of Memphis Law Review
  • Union University, B.S.B.A., 2007
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