Derek Jackson enters his eighth season with the Marlins. Jackson joined the Club on November 17, 2003 as General Counsel and was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel on November 1, 2008. His responsibilities include drafting all business and baseball related contracts, overseeing any litigation involving the Club, and providing general legal support for the Club's broadcast, sponsorship, sales and marketing departments. Jackson also handles the Club's salary arbitration cases, many of its stadium-related matters and all other daily legal matters.
Jackson previously worked for Major League Baseball in the Office of the Commissioner as Counsel, Labor Relations, where he began his baseball career in September 1999.
In the Commissioner's Office in New York, Jackson served as counsel to the 30 Major League Clubs, handling issues arising under the collective bargaining agreement and individual player contracts and providing extensive support on Clubs' Salary Arbitration cases. Jackson also provided general legal advice for the Office of the Commissioner on various employment and labor law matters.
In June of 1999, Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School where he was a Certified Mediator (1997-99) in Boston's small claims courts and a clinical volunteer in Boston Legal Aid's Unemployment Division.
A 1996 Duke University graduate, Jackson studied economics and graduated cum laude. While at Duke, he was a Head Teaching Assistant in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and Vice Chair of the University's Undergraduate Judicial Board.
Jackson was born in Fairfax, Va., and raised in Silver Spring, Md. Jackson currently resides in Miami Beach, Fla.