Derek Mergele-Rust is a Founding Partner at DebnamRust. He practices estate planning and probate, child welfare/juvenile, and corporate formation law.
Derek’s corporate law practice is built around his experiences in his first career in high tech corporate America and two decades of serving on numerous non-profit boards. His knowledge provides a foundation that allows Derek to help his clients navigate the legal maze of bylaws, board meetings, and corporate formations.
Derek’s estate planning and probate practice grew out of his law school years, where he served on and is published in the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal. He currently gives presentations and lectures on how estate planning affects the every-day person and how estate planning can significantly increase or decrease the cost of probate.
Derek’s child welfare/juvenile law practice is built around his representation of children and parents in cases where he is appointed by Dallas County.
After living in Austin, Texas, for 24 years, Derek now happily resides in Dallas, Texas. He is passionate about advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, active in his church community, and is adjusting—as an extrovert—to the new social distancing norms of COVID-19.