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Derek Atchison grew up in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from Emory University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy and graduated with honors from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1998 with a Juris Doctorate. While in law school he was a student editor for the American Journal of Tax Policy, was a member of the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, and clerked for Alabama Circuit Court Judge Thomas Stephen Wilson. In 1999, he received an LL. M. (Masters of Law) in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Mr. Atchison represents various businesses entities, assists individuals with estate planning and probate matters, and serves as attorney for the Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Alabama, the U.S. District Courts of the Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama, U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. His is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Mobile Bar Association, Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys, the Estate Planning Council of Mobile, and the History Museum of Mobile Board (Vice Chairman).

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his brilliant daughter, reading and exercising.