Apr 15 2020
Derek Waterstreet is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. His practice focuses on commercial, real estate, and construction related litigation matters, including contract and general business/partnership disputes, landlord-tenant matters, residential and commercial construction, and environmental issues.
Derek has broad experience representing clients in both federal and state court disputes involving contracts, personal and business torts, fraud and misrepresentation claims, false advertising claims, landlord-tenant matters, lease disputes, and residential and commercial construction matters. Derek also has experience in class actions and federal Indian law matters, including fee-to-trust land appeals for local municipality and county governments.
Derek is committed to understanding his client’s needs and values. He helps clients understand the litigation process, and the different strategies and potential outcomes available. Derek strives to surpass client expectations by strongly advocating his clients’ interests and using a common sense and goal orientated approach.
Prior to joining von Briesen, Derek was actively involved in the legal community. During law school, Derek served as a member on the Marquette Law Review, held a research assistant position for Professor Patricia Bradford, and participated in Moot Court activities. He competed in the Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition as well as the National Criminal Procedure Tournament in San Diego where he and his partner were awarded the Best Petitioner Brief. Derek also held internships at both the state and federal levels. At the state level, he interned at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor practicing under the Wisconsin student practice rule. He also served as a student legal intern at the Eau Claire Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defenders. At the federal level, Derek interned as a judicial intern for the Chief Judge, William C. Griesbach, for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Derek serves on the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and provides pro bono representation for Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project. The Eviction Defense Project provides assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction in Milwaukee County. He also is involved in the community and serves as a committee member for the Ducks Unlimited Milwaukee Chapter.
- Marquette University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, B.A., summa cum laude, 2012
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, Western District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Ozaukee County Bar Association
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
- Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch® in America, Commercial Litigation (2023-2024), Litigation - Real Estate (2024)
- Wisconsin Rising Stars (2021-2023)
- Ducks Unlimited Milwaukee Chapter, Committee Member
- MULS Alumni Board