Derek leads the Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use practices. He has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to those with national distribution. His practice includes representation of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a wide range of permitting, regulatory, and trade issues. Derek has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals. He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, development, and real property disputes in state and federal courts. He has litigated numerous matters concerning land use issues at the trial and appellate levels. Derek also has experience litigating corporate and partnership disputes before the North Carolina Business Court. He routinely appears in front of city and county governmental bodies and has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.
The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2018
"Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, 2015
The Business Journal of the Triad, 40 Leaders Under Forty Award
"Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2007-2008, 2010-2013
"Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009-2011
"Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010-2011
North Carolina, 1997
All state courts in North Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.
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