Born November 3, 1953, in Enid, Oklahoma. Was graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1976 with a bachelors of arts and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a juris doctorate. Practiced with Andrews David Legg Bixler Milsten & Murrah from 1979 to 1990 and with McKinney Stringer & Webster from 1990 through 1993. Formed Derrick & Briggs, LLP in 1994.
His professional and civic service includes: Chair, Oklahoma General Corporation Act Committee (1986-present) (the Committee drafted the Oklahoma General Business Corporation Act, the Oklahoma Limited Liability Company Act, and the Oklahoma Limited Liability Partnership Act) (recipient, Golden Gavel Award for Outstanding Committee, 1986); Chair, Business Associations Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association (1986-87, 2004-05); American Society of Corporate Secretaries (professional organization for corporate counsels), President, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter (1994-95); Director, Young Lawyers’ Division, Oklahoma County Bar Association (1982-83); Fellow, Oklahoma Bar Foundation; Chair, Oklahoma EDGE Endowment Policy Board (state fund to promote technology development and transfer) (Vice Chair, 2008-2010; Chair, 2010-2012); Director, Oklahoma Venture Forum (2011-present); Chair, Constitution & Canons Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma (1999-present); Director, Historical Preservation, Inc. (1991-present).
He has been recognized in -“Best Lawyers in America” (corporate law) (since 2000); Chambers USA, ranked lawyer in its American’s Leading Business Lawyers (since 2004); Martindale-Hubbell (AV rating since 1986); “Who’s Who in American Law” since 1986 and “Who’s Who in America” since 1999; OBA John E,, Shipp Award for Ethics, 2016; OBA Earl Sneed Award for CLE, 1997; American Jurisprudence Award, Dean’s List, Phi Delta Phi (OU College of Law); Blue Key, Gamma Gamma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Gilstrap Leadership Award, President’s and Dean’s Lists (OSU).
He has taught over 100 continuing legal education seminars and has authored -“Introduction: History of the General Corporation Act; Variances from Delaware Law”, “Rights, Duties, and Liabilities of Directors, Officers, and Shareholders,” and “Limited Liability Companies”, Oklahoma Business Organizations and Practice(Irving L. Faught, ed.) (Aspen, 2005); “New Developments in Oklahoma Business Entity Law”, University of Oklahoma Law Review (Fall 2003) (with Irving L. Faught); “Oklahoma Limited Liability Companies after Check-The-Box”, Oklahoma City University Law Review 643, 667 (Summer 1997).