Derek M. Freitas


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Derek Freitas’s foundational knowledge of patent law creates the base for his developing intellectual property practice. He has experience conducting legal research in nuanced areas of IP infringement damages, IP ownership, land transaction disputes and IP and business contracts, as well as drafting memoranda and bench orders. Additionally, Derek has experience advising a Fortune 500 company on compliance matters, assisting in expert witness depositions and various facets of litigation. Derek also has experience researching and preparing data breach notification materials, including issues related to subpoena compliance during incident response.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section, Public Relations Committee:  Co-Chair
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation
    • Trustee

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Michael R. Barrett, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio: Judicial Extern
  • BakerHostetler
    • Law Clerk, Intellectual Property Department (2018 to 2019)
    • Summer Associate (2018)
  • Erie Crime Analysis Center: Intern


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio


  • J.D., Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2019, magna cum laude; The Northern Kentucky Law Review, Associate Editor
  • B.S., Computer Science, Minor in Information Technology, St. John Fisher College, 2016, cum laude


In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
2020 Patent Litigation: Year in Review
By Derek M. Freitas
March 24, 2021
2020 was a year of turmoil and unexpected events. While many businesses struggled throughout the year, patent litigation experienced an uptick across the board. According to Docket Navigator, 2020 was the first year to see an increase in...