Gary W. Derrick

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Gary W. Derrick specializes in corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, ’34 Act reporting, private equity and debt financing, venture capital financing, business formation and restructuring, corporate governance, and general business contracts.  His clients are in oil and gas, technology, hospitality, agriculture, manufacturing, retail and professional services.

PROFESSIONAL/CIVIC

  • Chair, Oklahoma General Corporation Act Committee (1986-present) (the Committee drafted the Oklahoma General Business Corporation Act, the Oklahoma Limited Liability Company Act, and the Oklahoma Limited Liability Partnership Act) (recipient, Golden Gavel Award for Outstanding Committee, 1986)
  • Chair, Business Associations Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association (1986-87, 2004-05)
  • Delegate (Oklahoma County), Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting (2007), Alternate Delegate (2006)
  • American Society of Corporate Secretaries (professional organization for corporate counsels) ¾ President, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter (1994-95)
  • Director, Young Lawyers’ Division, Oklahoma County Bar Association (1982-83)
  • Fellow, Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • Chair, Oklahoma EDGE Endowment Policy Board (state fund to promote technology development and transfer) (Vice Chair, 2008-2010; Chair, 2010-present)
  • Director, Oklahoma Venture Forum (2011-present)
  • Chair, Constitution & Canons Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma (1999-present)
  • Director, Historical Preservation, Inc. (1991-present)

HONORS AND RECOGNITION

  • “Best Lawyers in America” (corporate law) (since 2000)
  • Chambers USA, ranked lawyer in its American’s Leading Business Lawyers (since 2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV rating since 1986)
  • “Who’s Who in American Law” since 1986 and “Who’s Who in America” since 1999
  • OBA Earl Sneed Award for CLE, 1997
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Dean’s List, Phi Delta Phi (OU College of Law)
  • Blue Key, Gamma Gamma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Gilstrap Leadership Award, President’s and Dean’s Lists (OSU)

AUTHORSHIP

  • “Introduction: History of the General Corporation Act; Variances from Delaware Law”, “Rights, Duties, and Liabilities of Directors, Officers, and Shareholders,” and “Limited Liability Companies”, Oklahoma Business Organizations and Practice (Irving L. Faught, ed.) (Aspen, 2005)
  • “New Developments in Oklahoma Business Entity Law”, University of Oklahoma Law Review (Fall 2003) (with Irving L. Faught)
  • “Oklahoma Limited Liability Companies after Check-The-Box”, Oklahoma City University Law Review 643, 667 (Summer 1997)

EDUCATION

  • Oklahoma State University (BA, 1976)
  • University of Oklahoma (JD, 1979)