Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Daniel Derby is originally from Southern California. He graduated summa cum laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he majored in English and minored in music. After college, Dan moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to teach middle school language arts for two years as part of the Teach For America program. Dan then worked for Communities In Schools of Georgia, a school dropout prevention organization, first as the executive assistant for development and communications, and then as the coordinator of operations.
Eventually, Dan decided to go to law school. He attended New York University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. Dan participated as a student advocate in the Criminal & Community Defense Clinic, where he interned with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and he received the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize in recognition of outstanding work in a clinical course requiring student practice. During his law school summers, Dan interned with the Georgia Resource Center, which represents clients on death row in their state and federal habeas corpus appeals, and the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office in Georgia. Dan also served as an executive editor on the New York University Law Review.
Dan is honored to be working on behalf of his clients at Brooklyn Defender Services.