Attorney Dereck Wyatt
Mr. Wyatt’s legal focus is criminal law and litigation. He has handled thousands of cases and has taken a large variety of cases to jury trial, ranging from murder to DWI. He has been called to testify in court as an expert witness. He has spoken to many groups, ranging from Mexican legal officials to college students. He has also given numerous media interviews and has appeared on several television and radio programs.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Wyattwas a Pit Trader in the Chicago commodities markets. He was an open-outcry trader of futures and options on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
Mr. Wyatt is also a two-time National Federation of Music award winner. For two consecutive years, he received a Superior rating, which is the highest award given to a pianist!
He is a student pilot, a graduate of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, and an ongoing pupil of martial arts. He has appeared in three local theatrical productions. Mr. Wyatt is not only the Managing Partner of WyattUnderwood, but is also the CEO of Wyatt International Properties, LLC. He holds a Jurist Doctorate from Texas Tech University, a Double MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University.
Attorney Justin Underwood
Justin graduated with Honors from Texas Tech University in 1998 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science making the Dean’s Honor Roll and working at Texas Tech Recreational Center. He’s a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society and was invited to become a member of the very prestigious Golden Key National Honor Society.
Justin was accepted into the Texas Tech School of Law in the fall of 1998. In the summer of 1999, he received an internship with the El Paso District Attorney’s office.
While at Texas Tech Law, Justin was an officer with the Student Bar Association and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team. He also became a member of the distinguished Board of Barristers organization which conducted competitions for Negotiation, Mock Trial and Moot Court events.
During his last year of law school, he was elected as president of the Texas Tech School of Law’s Delta Theta Phi law fraternity by his peers. Justin also worked as an appellate law clerk for the Lubbock County District Attorney’s office while attending law school. Justin graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in May 2001.
Upon passing the July 2001, Texas Bar Examination, Justin returned to El Paso to begin his legal career. Justin was hired by the El Paso District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney. While at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, Justin prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies, including murder. He presented cases to Grand Juries and worked with law enforcement agencies in the trial preparation of cases. To this day, Justin still serves as a special prosecutor for the State of Texas at the request of the elected District Attorney.
In 2004, Justin left the El Paso District Attorney’s office to form WyattUnderwood. In 2012, Justin was admitted as a fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor only bestowed upon the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. Every year since 2009 Justin has received a BV rating, the highest a lawyer can receive, from Martindale-Hubbell. Justin is a Member of the Texas Defense Lawyers Association, the El Paso Bar Association, the UTEP alumni association, and the Texas Tech alumni association. He also currently serves as the President of the El Paso Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Justin enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, and Johnny Cash music.
Attorney Elena Gresheim
Before joining WyattUnderwood, Attorney Gresheim worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid under a fellowship where she helped provide legal services at no cost.
She attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and received a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Our Lady of the Lake University.
While in law school, Elena worked full time at the United States Department of Agriculture, where she wrote federal regulations and legal opinions for the Animal and Plant Inspection Services Animal Care Division.
Elena enjoys indie music, cooking, and gardening.