Derek is an Associate in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of employment-based immigration, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, permanent residence, and PERM labor certifications.

Prior to joining BAL, Derek worked with a national immigration law firm on immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and workplace enforcement I-9 audits.

Education & Admissions

Texas Tech University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, Government
Admitted to: State Bar of Texas


American Immigration Lawyers Association
Texas Bar Association Immigration Section

Professional Accomplishments

Derek Pennartz, “The Irony of the Land of the Free: How Texas is Cleaning Up Its Human Trafficking Problem,” 12 TEX. TECH ADMIN. L.J. 367 (2011)