Derek is an H Street neighborhood resident and a shareholder (partner) in the Washington-based national law firm of Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. The firm specializes in energy and utility law, oil and gas law, environmental law, communications law, municipal law, and intellectual property law.
In May 2011, Derek became President of the Energy Bar Association, the national professional organization of attorneys specializing in energy law. His practice areas include project development and finance, commercial and government contract law, energy law and economic regulation, telecommunications law, environmental law, administrative law and litigation. He works with tribal, municipal and commercial clients to develop large and small scale energy and communications projects in the United States and abroad. His projects he include broadband telephony, natural gas-fired generation, waste-to-energy generation, wind, solar, biomass, biofuel manufacturing, and ocean thermal energy conversion.
Derek is a former federal government contracting officer with the Department of Navy’s Office of Special Projects and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During his term with the Department of Navy, Mr. Dyson served as Acting Chief of Acquisition and Resource Management for the White House Situation Support Staff within the National Security Council. electric rate proceedings, merger proceedings and natural gas pipeline rate proceedings.
His professional activities include serving as the 2009-2011 President of the DC Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, as the 2005-20067 President of the Board of Directors of the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association, and as a panelist at the Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law in 1997, 2002, and 2007. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the DC Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar Association.
Derek earned his J.D. degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and also holds an MBA degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.