Derek Houston (J.D., 2004) has joined Adams and Reese as Special Counsel in the Firm’s St. Petersburg office. A real estate attorney, Mr. Houston's legal practice focuses on lending, commercial real estate and real estate development transactions and construction contracting. Houston was a former shareholder from the Trenam Kemker St. Petersburg office, and he also formerly worked for Holland and Knight.
Houston is a former co-chair of the Real Property Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and a current active member of the Legal Opinions Committee of Florida Bar’s RPPTL Section, Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Council, the National Association of Development Companies, the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders and Florida Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. He is a graduate of both Leadership St. Petersburg and Leadership Tampa Bay.
In the community, he is the President-Elect and a member of the Executive Committee of the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, Inc.; he is a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, and he is on the Public Private Partnership Working Group and membership committee of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the advisory board of Tampa Bay Watch, ESPN’s /BitCoin St. Petersburg Bowl and First Night St. Petersburg.