A native of Woodbury, Ga, Derek graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta in 1990, and from the University of Georgia School of Law, in Athens, in 1995.
He is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina, and has lived in Beaufort since 1997. He practices real estate law at Gilbert Law Firm LLC.
Derek also serves on the Board of Directors for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Board of Directors for the Beaufort Womens Center; the Finance Committee for Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity; and the Beaufort County Airports Board.
Derek and his wife, Tracy, were married in 1991, and live on Ladys Island with their five children, Mary Katherine, Thomas, Matthew, Mark and Annabel, and their dog Bobbie Lou.