Derek Borchardt

Associate 212 335 2385

Derek is an experienced litigator who represents individual and corporate clients in a variety of high-stake disputes, including, among numerous others, asserting and defending claims of contract, fraud, deceptive trade practices, false advertising and defamation. He has served as lead counsel on case teams, drafted and argued dispositive and other motions, taken and defended fact and expert depositions, presented evidence at hearings and negotiated resolutions at mediation.

In recent years, Derek represented the whistleblower who revealed the Russian state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Winter Olympics. After his client was sued for libel by several athletes whose medals were rescinded as a result of his whistleblowing, Derek represented the client in the defense of the suit, as well as in the assertion of counterclaims against the athletes and an oligarch who sponsored their malicious suit. Derek also recently represented an e-commerce company in a precedent-setting dispute with a state attorney general involving novel regulatory issues in the industry.

Derek maintains an active pro bono practice in a variety of subject areas. Recently, he successfully represented two incarcerated clients in the preparation and submission of petitions for executive clemency to the governor of New York. Both petitions were granted and the clients were afforded early releases.

Prior to joining Walden Macht & Haran, Derek practiced in a preeminent commercial litigation firm in New York. He also served as a law clerk for Judge James L. Dennis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as for Judge Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Derek graduated from Columbia Law School where he served on the editorial board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Columbia Law School, J.D. (2012)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, B.A. (2006)

Bar Admissions
New York