Derek Saunders Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Derek Saunders

Derek Saunders

Attorney at Law

Napa
California
Licensed in
TX, CA
SMU Dedman School of Law
5.0 5
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
About
Professional experience: - Serving as general counsel, including advising in the following areas:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Commercial transactions, especially vendor/contractor agreements, technology and IP licensing, including SaaS/Cloud, advertising and marketing agreements, and similar (both domestic and foreign)
- Joint ventures and other forms of business development
and marketing arrangements, including foreign based joint ventures and business development agreements
- Intellectual property matters, especially trademarks, copyrights and licensing transactions
- Securities offerings and securities law compliance matters (’33
… read more Act and ’34 Act and private offerings)
32
Years
experience
Top 200 Firm Badge

Representative Clients

Practice Areas

Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"“Derek was excellent to work with. Great communication made revisions for our documents. Took direction. Met deadlines. Responded to messages quickly. Highly recommended.””"

Technology (Patents and trade secrets) multi-jurisdictional licensing agreement
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"“Derek was very informative, open, and understandable. He was very responsive- and even took care of my request regarding my startup employment documents over the weekend. He had much applicable experience in this area (even some first-hand experience at a startup), and provided much valuable counsel. On top of all that, he was very affordable for the services he offered.”"

Secured financing for startup company
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

Emc2 Financial, LLC

General Counsel

Sep 2017 - Present

Financial software (equity trading platform)

Sep 2017 - Present

Shoutz, Inc.

EVP and General Counsel

Jul 2011 - Aug 2017

Mobile solutions for gaming and lottery industries

Jul 2011 - Aug 2017

EnCore Water Services

General Counsel

Apr 2008 - Mar 2011

Continuation of WaterTexas business.

Apr 2008 - Mar 2011

WaterTexas

CEO and General Counsel

Jan 2001 - Mar 2008

I co-founded the company with primary responsibility for all legal matters, business plan development, project ownership structure, tax planning and fundraising. WaterTexas leased or acquired control over water rights and obtained well field and pipeline easements covering an aggregate position in excess of 150,000 surface acres and 200,000 acre feet of potential annual production in TX and NM.

Jan 2001 - Mar 2008

Prickett and Saunders PLLC

Partner

Jan 1993 - Dec 1999

A boutique law firm offering sophisticated legal services in business matters, securities offerings, and technology transaction for both startup and established businesses.

Jan 1993 - Dec 1999

Thompson & Knight

Associate

Aug 1986 - Dec 1992

Associate in the Corporate/Securities Section, in both Dallas and Austin offices.

Aug 1986 - Dec 1992

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