Derek Forinash serves as outside general counsel to private companies and also provides comprehensive IP legal services to a range of clients. His experience includes more than eighteen years in both private practice and as in-house counsel, including serving as Senior Corporate Counsel for an oilfield services company and as Vice President and General Counsel of a Houston-based reservoir engineering company.

As outside general counsel, he provides practical legal advice to private companies on day-to-day issues that impact their business including employment matters, commercial contracts, intellectual property, governance, financial transactions and risk management.

His intellectual property practice focuses on developing, protecting, and monetizing intellectual property portfolios as well as drafting and negotiating technology-related transactions including SaaS agreements, technology licenses, and joint development agreements.

He has represented clients in a wide range of technologies and industries including upstream oilfield technology, petrochemicals, offshore equipment and computer software and hardware. Prior to law school, Derek worked as an engineer designing oilfield equipment.



J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2002

B.S., Louisiana State University, Mechanical Engineering, 1995



United States Patent and Trademark Office




Houston Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Texas, Member

American Bar Association, Member