Ward and Smith, P.A.
Derek leads the Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use practices. He has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to those with national distribution. His practice includes representation of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a wide range of permitting, regulatory, and trade issues. Derek has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals. He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, development, and real property disputes in state and federal courts. He has litigated numerous matters concerning land use issues at the trial and appellate levels. Derek also has experience litigating corporate and partnership disputes before the North Carolina Business Court. He routinely appears in front of city and county governmental bodies. Derek also works with other regulated industries, including the hemp and CBD markets, both in North Carolina and beyond. He regularly partners with hemp farmers, processors, extractors, product manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers to address their unique legal needs. Derek also assists indirect industry participants, including brokers, consultants, marketing agencies, lenders and financial institutions, and other suppliers and vendors in this quickly changing market space.