Geoffrey J. Derrick is a trial and appellate litigator on labor and employment matters.

Practice & Background

Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Derrick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and to the Honorable Catharine F. Easterly of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Before that, he represented indigent defendants as an appellate public defender with the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City and the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. During that time, he authored numerous appellate briefs and habeas corpus petitions, one of which presented new evidence that exonerated a client who had served 17 years in prison for two murders he did not commit.

Mr. Derrick received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2012 from Boston University School of Law, where he was an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar and director of the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Program. He received his B.S. in Communication Studies and Legal Studies in 2007 from Northwestern University, where he was a policy debater.

Community Involvement

  • Member, Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Labor & Employment Law
Licensed to practice in New York only and under the supervision of the partners of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Application for admission to the District of Columbia Bar pending.