Derric-Why-MCLDerric Oliver is a classic multiple-career graduate of Monterey College of Law. His career as an attorney was preceded by a successful music career and work as a financial advisor for an investment management company. Derric grew up in San Diego pursuing formal classical musical training that included musical styles and genres from J.S. Bach to Rock music. His musical interests and talent lead him to the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelors of Music in business/entertainment management. While at UOP, Derric formed a band that, post graduation, moved to San Francisco where they recorded music and played live venues for the next several years. Before he gave up the road as a touring professional musician, Derric and his bands recorded a number of acclaimed albums, the most recent under the name The Los Dos Bros, recorded in 2007 at Red Barn Studios in Big Sur, California, owned by Al Jardine of The Beach Boys.

Between the world of music and law school, Derric was employed as a financial advisor with a global financial services and investment management firm. However, he felt that a law degree would provide a much more diverse professional career. Living in Big Sur, Derric learned about Monterey College of Law, where he enrolled and subsequently graduated at the top of his law school class. “While I was in law school, I was able to put to use the lessons of hard work and long hours that I experienced in the entertainment business.” He served as president of the Student Bar Association, was selected as a Heisler Moot Court finalist, was a Research Fellow at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and interned at the Watsonville Law Center and with the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management’s NEIGHBOR Project.

After graduation, Derric was a research attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court where he conducted legal research and conferred with court staff and judges preparing to hear and decide civil law motions. “The opportunity to work at the Court was just one of the practical programs coordinated by the law school. It gave me valuable and unique perspective when advising clients and preparing matters for presentation to the courts.”

Following his work at the Court, Derric was hired by the law firm of Fenton & Keller where his practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, including labor & employment law, and general business litigation.

Derric also serves as a Board Member of the Big Sur Health Center.

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