Matt Derus

Matthew B. Derus


Matt’s practice focuses primarily on advising clients in the areas of general school law, higher education law and municipal law, as well as providing transactional legal services for private-sector employers. He counsels clients on a variety of topics, including student discipline, public records, open meetings, employee discipline and dismissal, employment contracts, employee handbooks, training and development.


  • JD, Marquette University Law School
  • BA, Political Science, Marquette University
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Bar admission to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Member, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association

Up Close & Personal

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?

A: My favorite destination would have to be Cape Cod, a place I visited often while growing up. There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice day at the beach.

Q: What is your favorite lawyer movie and why?

A: “My Cousin Vinny.” Not only an excellent lawyer movie, but an excellent movie, period.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I love to cheer on Milwaukee and Marquette sports, play golf and listen to music.

Q: What is your favorite TV show and why?

A: This one is tough because I have so many. I’m going to cheat and mention two: The Office and The Sopranos.

Q: What is your favorite cuisine or meal?

A: If I could, I would probably eat pizza for every meal.

Q: What is on your bucket list?

A: As a huge soccer fan, number one on my list is attending a World Cup to support the red, white and blue.