JOB: Entertainment Lawyer
HOME: Los Angeles, California
Derek, 34, grew up in Covina, California, and graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor of arts in psychology and an emphasis in business administration. He later graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
As a first-year lawyer, Derek rose to the challenge of being assigned by his law firm to be the sole clearance attorney for "The Man Show," starring Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla--two personalities who were always pushing the boundaries in terms of legally questionable stunts.
Now the vice president of business and legal affairs for a movie studio, Derek negotiates deals relating to motion picture production and provides legal counsel to the studio's home entertainment division.
When he's not working, Derek is a huge reality TV fan and an avid bicyclist who helps train riders for a California bike riding fundraiser for AIDS services and education.
Derek thinks he should be the next Apprentice because he's "not afraid to take risks and make my voice heard. While I generally respect boundaries, I'm never afraid to overstep them for the sake of advancement of a good idea."'