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Derek Anthony Dyson


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, B.A., 1991
  • Florida Institute of Technology, M.B.A., 1994
  • Washington College of Law, American University, J.D., (with honors), 1999
  • Strauss Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University Law School, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Claims


  • Panelist, Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law, 1997, 2002, 2007
  • Academic Honor - Business Planning/Securities Regulation, 1999
  • Academic Honor - Government Contract Law, 1998
  • Participant, Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, Philadelphia, PA, 1998


Mr. Dyson is a shareholder in the law firm of Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Mr. Dyson's practice areas include project development and finance, commercial and government contract law, energy law and economic regulation, telecommunications law, environmental law, administrative law and litigation. He works with tribal, municipal and commercial clients to develop large and small scale energy and communications projects in the United States and abroad. A sample of the projects he has been involved with include broadband telephony, natural gas-fired generation, waste-to-energy generation, wind, solar, biomass, biofuel manufacturing, and ocean thermal energy conversion. Mr. Dyson has drafted and negotiated various transactional agreements related to the development of projects, including commercial gas and power purchase agreements.

Mr. Dyson is also a former federal government contracting officer with the Department of Navy's Office of Special Projects and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During his term with the Department of Navy, Mr. Dyson served as Acting Chief of Acquisition and Resource Management for the White House Situation Support Staff within the National Security Council.

Mr. Dyson utilizes his experience to assist clients, tribal entities, municipal governments, companies, including Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), in contracting with the State and Federal Government. Mr. Dyson works with tribal entities and municipal governments on grant management and compliance, including for broadband, smart-grid, energy efficiency and transmission and distribution development. Mr. Dyson coordinated legal efforts for the State Technology Advancement Collaborative, which resulted in several grant structured agreements between multiple states, the Department of Energy and industry. Mr. Dyson has successfully lead clients through the process of securing federal funding in the form of grants, loans, and procurements. Mr. Dyson has presented to various audiences on the development of the Smart Grid utilizing the Department of Energy's grant program.

Mr. Dyson's experience includes electric and natural gas regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state commissions and the federal courts. He is a former employee of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving as a law clerk to Administrative Law Judges. In that position, he assisted in all phases of the hearing process in electric rate proceedings, merger proceedings and natural gas pipeline rate proceedings.


  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association – President (2011-2012)
  • American Association of Blacks in Energy (DC Chapter President 2009-2011)
  • H Street Main Street – Board of Directors
  • Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association – Board of Directors (President 2005-2006)


  • Contracting Across State Lines: Lessons Learned From STAC, NAESCO Annual Conference, October 2004
  • Renewable Energy Project Financing, WCL - American University Energy Conference, Summer 2009
  • Primer on Smart Grid Implementation, Energy Bar Association, December 2009
  • Renewable Project Development in Foreign Markets, OPIC Renewable Energy Conference, India, May 2010
  • Energy Service Company Participation in Development of the Smart Grid, NAESCO Annual Conference, November 2010
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