Derric’s practice focuses primarily on land use, real estate, and civil litigation, including business and construction contract disputes. Derric advises clients on state and local land use regulation, including matters involving the California Coastal Act, the California Subdivision Map Act, Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, and CEQA. He also assists clients in real property matters involving neighbor disputes, easements, water rights, construction contracts, and landlord-tenant issues. Prior to joining Fenton & Keller, Derric was a research attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court where he conducted legal research and conferred with judges preparing to hear and decide civil law motions. This experience gives Derric a valuable and unique perspective when advising clients and preparing matters for presentation to the courts. During law school Derric was a Research Fellow at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and interned at the Watsonville Law Center and the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management’s Neighbor Project. Derric’s diverse professional background includes experience as a financial advisor with a global financial services and investment management firm, as a business owner, and in the music, entertainment, and film industries.

Principal Areas of Practice

Land use, real estate, and civil litigation, including business and construction litigation.


  • University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, B.M., 1994 (degree in music business/entertainment management)
  • Monterey College of Law, J.D., 2013

Professional Qualifications and Activities

  • Admitted to the California Bar in June 2013
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California


  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Big Sur Health Center (Board President)

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