Derek D. Musa

Derek D. Musa, Counsel

Derek Musa is a seasoned litigator and problem solver and has represented some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions, investment funds and technology firms.  Over the years, he has maintained a broad practice focused on complex civil litigation, with particular experience handling business disputes, securities and antitrust litigation.  Derek brings this wealth of experience to The Brown Law Firm, where he concentrates on shareholder derivative litigation.

Derek spent the first five years of his career as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.  While at Cravath, Derek gained a wide range of experience representing corporate defendants in high-stakes securities, antitrust, patent, and shareholder derivative litigation.  He also gained significant experience handling FTC antitrust investigations and securing antitrust regulatory approvals.

Derek spent the next three years as a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, where he handled a variety of matters for foreign and domestic clients.  Derek’s representations included defense of numerous investment advisors, hedge funds, and their control persons in federal securities litigation across the country, defense of a foreign branch of a “Big Four” audit firm in an accounting liability action brought by investment funds that lost money in Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, and defense of a major mortgage lender in a direct borrower action.  Derek also maintained an active pro bono practice, which included assisting an Iraqi refugee and her family seeking resettlement in the United States in order to escape persecution in her home country.

Derek graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 2009, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review, a Wilkinson Scholar, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Carol Robinson Edmead of the New York State Supreme Court.  In 2003, Derek received his B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he received a four-year, full tuition academic scholarship.

Derek is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.