Derek is a young, intelligent, and aggressive attorney motivated to actively defend his clients' interests and rights in the State of New York. He approaches each of his client's cases as unique and treats each person as his equal. Whether it be pursuing a quick resolution through negotiation or litigating a case to its conclusion, Derek is always trying his hardest to get the best result.
Prior to joining Anelli Xavier, Derek learned that the criminal justice system can be unfair and break down even the toughest among us if they don’t understand how the systems works. For that reason, he has dedicated his practice to defending individuals charged with crimes who deserve to be defended by an attorney willing to go the extra mile.
He graduated magna cum laude from Western New Mexico University and graduated from Syracuse University College of Law. Derek diversified his experience in law school by spending a year with the Securities Arbitration and Consumer Law Clinic, clerking for the Office of the Federal Public Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit, and serving as the National Student Director for the ABA’S Law Student Division Negotiation Competition.
Currently, Derek is an active member of the Onondaga County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Project and a volunteer arbitrator with Syracuse City Court. He is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal courts in the Northern District of New York.
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Derek is a detail-oriented litigator who puts his clients' interests first. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to represent you. He has proven himself to understand and to use the science of DWI investigations to demonstrate the flaws in the government's arguments.
Michael Viscosi DUI and DWI Attorney
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Excellence for the Future Award in War Crimes Trials||CALI||2012|
|Supervising Attorney||Anelli Xavier, PC||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||McGivney & Kluger||2013 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Anelli Xavier, PC||2013 - 2015|
|Attorney||David Giglio & Associates||2012 - 2013|
|Law Clerk||Federal Public Defender of Nevada||2011 - 2011|
|Student Representative||Westlaw||2010 - 2012|
|Intern||United States Senate||2009 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Onondaga County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|People v. R.C.||Guilty plea to DWAI|
|People v. M.S.||Not guilty DWI, guilty DWAI|
|People v. A.C.||Acquitted of all charges after jury trial|
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|AVVO Legal Guides||Top 10 Tips for Navigating the Ignition Interlock Device in New York||2015|
|American Bar Association publication||University of Minnesota Law School Wins National Negotiation Competition||2012|
|NYSBA Trial Academy||N/A||N/A||2014|
|Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Arbitrator Training||N/A||N/A||2014|
|Syracuse University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Western New Mexico University||History||BS - Bachelor of Science||2009|
|Syracuse Law Legal Clinic Seminar Class||Client Counseling and Criminal Defense Negotiations||2016|
|STOP DWI and Driver Safety Night||The Effects of DWI on Everyone||2016|
|Reception for National Celebrate Pro Bono Week||Pro Bono/Volunteer Work in the Onondaga County Community||2015|
|Moot Court Honor Society Negotiation Competition||Negotiation Skills & Judge||2015|