Derek was born and raised in Montgomery County, where he was inspired to pursue a career in law after seeing the positive effect his father and older brother had on the community through their own practice of law. After he graduated from North Penn High School, Derek studied Criminology at Penn State University, where he was also an avid Ultimate Frisbee player. He then moved on to Law School at Michigan State University, where he spent much of his time studying in the school’s Trial Practice Institute and participating in several mock trial competitions.
During Law School, Derek interned for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where he conducted preliminary hearings and summary appeal hearings. In the summer of 2017, Derek met his wife, who is also an attorney, while they both played for the DA’s Office softball team.
Upon graduation in 2018, Derek began working full-time for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. In his time there, he prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases by negotiating guilty pleas, effectuating the county’s various diversionary programs, and litigating cases in jury and bench trials. Derek prosecuted a wide range of offenses, including DUIs, drug offenses, financial crimes, firearms offenses, and violent felonies. He was a member of the office’s Economic Crimes Unit, and he was also cross-sworn in Montgomery County to prosecute a number of their car-theft offenses. Derek also found great satisfaction in giving back to the community through his assistance with the county’s Veteran’s Court Treatment Program.
Derek now lives in Bucks County, where he enjoys spending his free time with his friends and family. He particularly enjoys playing golf (both disc golf and regular golf), and trying new restaurants with his wife. He remains passionate about the practice of law and the opportunities it provides to have a positive effect on the community.