Eric J. Derbes
Eric J. Derbes began his career as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army’s 82d Airborne Division, where he prosecuted and defended courts-martial. Those four years also taught him to handle huge volumes of legal work simultaneously, including wills and powers of attorney for servicemen headed to Iraq, administrative separations, and the financial distress occasioned upon soldiers.
Mr. Derbes brought that experience with him when he joined the Derbes Law Firm in 1995. He litigates commercial and bankruptcy matters. He handles administrative law from both the agency and company viewpoint, as well as representing taxpayers before administrative authorities. Currently, he advises upon end-of-life issues, including drafting wills and trusts, and where necessary, litigating succession and trust issues.
Mr. Derbes regularly represents debtors, creditors, and trustees in Bankruptcy Court. This bankruptcy practice includes an understanding of when bankruptcy might, or might not, be the best solution to a tax problem. He often represents businesses and the owners of businesses when times are tough, both in and out of Bankruptcy Court. Whichever problem Mr. Derbes addresses with his clients, that effort is backstopped with the heart of a litigator in court.
Mr. Derbes was born in New Orleans and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1983. Upon graduation from Washington University in St. Louis, he was commissioned following graduation from Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Thereafter, Mr. Derbes graduated from Marquette University Law School, where he received the Scott M. Cassidy Scholarship. He and his wife, Rebecca, have been married for 35 years. They have five adult children and two grandchildren.