A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Derek graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky with departmental honors in Geography and German. He also spent a year studying at the Universität Heidelberg, one of Europe's oldest universities. Derek received his J.D., cum laude, from the Brandeis School of Law in 2014, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law, a member of the school’s nationally-recognized ABA Arbitration Moot Court team and was awarded the ALI CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award.
Before joining TURNER, KEAL & BUTTON, Derek served as Deputy Finance Director and Chief Deputy Political Director for Jack Conway’s 2015 campaign for Governor of Kentucky. Derek helped raise a record amount for a political campaign for Kentucky office, and acted as a liaison for county parties and interest groups across the state. In 2014, Derek was a staff member for the Kentucky Democratic Party’s successful effort to maintain a majority in the state’s House of Representatives—the last Democratically controlled state legislature in the southern United States. In 2016, Derek volunteered as Finance Director for the successful re-election campaign of Kentucky state Senator Morgan McGarvey.
Derek serves on the board of the Kentucky chapter of the New Leaders Council, a non-profit organization that identifies and trains young leaders across the Commonwealth in order to encourage and facilitate political and civic engagement. He is on the young professional board of the Louisville Orchestra and the associates board of the Maryhurst Foundation. Derek lives with his wife Amy and their tortoiseshell cat, Pip, in Louisville.
A lifelong resident of Oldham County, Trent played basketball for Oldham County High School, taking his team to the Sweet Sixteen state tournament his senior year. He graduated from Bellarmine University in 2011 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Communications. Trent was the Bellarmine team mascot “Knight” for two years, sharing the floor with the men’s basketball team when they won the Division II national championship in 2011. He competed on Bellarmine’s mock trial team, was team captain for two years and advanced to compete at American Mock Trial Association’s National Tournament.
Trent graduated from Brandeis School of Law in 2016. During law school, he participated in intrastate mock trial competition and interned for Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman in Jefferson Circuit Court and for Judge Karen Conrad in Oldham Circuit Court.
Trent has served as instructor and coach for the Mock Trial Practicum at Bellarmine. An avid golfer, fisherman and hunter, Trent still loves basketball, playing pickup games and cheering for teams at all levels of the game—especially the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.