Derek J. Connor Esq. was born and raised in Alaska where his family operated a small business. Following high school Derek served on active duty in the United States Navy from 2000-2004 aboard amphibious landing ship, USS Comstock. While serving in the Navy, Derek was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2001-2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004. Derek was honorably discharged from active duty in October 2004 and remained in the reserves until 2008.
After being discharged from active duty, Derek attended New Mexico State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with Honors. Derek was selected to the Gamma Beta Phi academic honor society in recognition of his academic achievements while at New Mexico State.
Derek then attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he was an editor of the New Mexico Law Review, President of the Veterans Association and President of the Federalist Society. Following law school Derek worked at the civil litigation firm of Guebert Bruckner P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Derek later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to work at a boutique insurance defense firm where his practice focused on defending individuals and businesses facing litigation. Determining that he could provide better service to his clients by running his own practice, Derek founded the law firm of Connor & Connor Pllc. with his wife, Amanda, in 2012. Derek’s practice has focused largely on civil litigation, business planning and providing legal advice to clients regarding Nevada’s complex marijuana laws.
Derek is licensed to practice law in Nevada and New Mexico. Since founding his law firm Derek has appeared in numerous news outlets, trade magazines, and local publications including National Public Radio, Fox 5 News, 8 News Now, and Vegas Cannabis Magazine among others.