All State Courts in Mississippi, 1997
All State Courts in Louisiana, 1998
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2003
Southern District of Mississippi, 2002
Northern District of Mississippi, 2002
Eastern District of Louisiana, 2016
Tulane University, BA, 1992
University of Denver School of Law, JD, 1997
Government, Civil Litigation, Municipal Prosecution
Memberships and Professional Associations
Mississippi Bar Association
Louisiana Bar Association
Fifth Circuit Bar Association
City of Diamondhead, Mississippi
Bailey Lumber & Supply Co.
Home Town Lumber
The First, A National Banking Association
About Mr. Cusick
Derek was born and raised in New Jersey and is a long time resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He attended Tulane University where he obtained his undergraduate degree in political science (1992). He then obtained his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law (1997) and promptly returned to the Coast to serve as law clerk to Senior Judge Kosta N. Vlahos in the Second Circuit Court District. Throughout Derek’s twenty years in the legal profession, Derek has had extensive experience in contract law and employment law, as well as in both municipal and corporate law. He is also experienced in all areas of litigation and collection law. Specifically, while with Green Canyon and Giuffria Industries as their General Counsel, Derek formulated employment policies and procedures, and managed both companies’ human resources for employees spanning three states. Currently serving as legal counsel the City of Diamondhead, Derek has in-depth experience with Open Meetings law, contract law, public bid/purchasing law and anti-discrimination law. Derek also serves as the City Prosecutor for the City of Diamondhead.
Derek is active in coaching youth sports and has coached softball, basketball and baseball. He is a recipient of the Mississippi Bar Association’s Lawyer Citizenship Award for the work that he performed as a member and president of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Prevention Center.