As a JD/MBA graduate, Derek utilizes his business acumen to help clients navigate their legal needs while simultaneously advancing their business objectives.


Derek represents publicly-traded and privately-held companies, as well as private equity and venture capital funds, across a wide range of industries including consumer products & services, oil & gas and media & entertainment. He advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, SEC compliance matters, business entity formations and general corporate governance matters.

In Nebraska, Stinson LLP is doing business as Stinson Leonard Street LLP.


Derek has served on transaction teams that represented:

CrossFirst Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFB) in its $102 million initial public offering of common stock

A large private company in its Rule 144A offering of $500 million of senior notes, and its simultaneous $400 million tender offer

Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank, National Association, in connection with over $16 billion of transactions involving new issuances of commercial mortgage-backed securities

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) in connection with its GrainBridge joint venture with Cargill, Incorporated

A public waste management and environmental services corporation in connection with its $182 million acquisition of a solid waste and recycling services company

A private television and radio broadcasting corporation in various acquisitions, including an $88 million purchase of eight Florida radio stations and a $45 million acquisition of two radio stations in the Midwest

A private industrial manufacturer of glass, automotive and building products in its $58 million sale of a distributor of specialty building products and related real estate assets

A dry-bulk commodity marketing and trading company in its $21 million sale of a hydraulic fracturing subsidiary

An industrial packaging and fastening systems company in its $18 million equity sale

A public company’s healthcare staffing subsidiary in its acquisition of a therapist staffing company

A multi-location ophthalmology and optometry practice in its asset sale to a private equity firm

A public utility holding company in its purchase of two natural gas storage facilities, including one purchase out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy

A private equity firm in its acquisitions of multiple landscaping and lawncare companies

Various venture capital firms investing in early-stage companies

Multiple public companies regarding SEC compliance matters, including the preparation and performance of technical reviews of annual filings, quarterly filings, proxy statements and other public filings

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Speaking Engagements

"Mergers and Acquisitions Update," Business Law Update, Omaha, NE, October 2019

"Crowdfunding: Is It For You?" Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic Outreach Presentation, Omaha Startup Collaborative, Omaha, NE, April 2017


  • Nebraska, 2019
  • Missouri, 2017


University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2017

  • Moot Court Board Member

University of Nebraska College of Business Administration, M.B.A., 2017

  • Academic Analytics Graduate Assistant

University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.A., 2014

  • Law and Policy Research Assistant
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