Greater Philadelphia Chapter

The Chapter is excited to introduce a fun new feature – Member Spotlights.  Each month, ACC Philadelphia hopes to publish a new Member Spotlight that features a Chapter member in a creative question-and-answer format.  ACC Philadelphia has more than 1500 members, and Member Spotlights are designed to help you get to know your fellow Chapter members better and enhance networking opportunities.  If you are interested in being the subject of a Spotlight or know someone who would make a good subject, please contact Joanne Ray at  We hope you enjoy this fun feature!

Derek Cusack, Deputy General Counsel, Dicalite Management Group
Derek Cusack

1.     How long have you been in your current position?

Since September 2017.

2.     How many years have you worked in-house?


3.     What law school did you attend?


4.     Where did you attend college and graduate school?  What degrees do you hold?

  • Villanova, BA Philosophy - 2003
  • Rugters-Camden, JD - 2006
  • Temple Law, LLM - 2017

5.     What do you consider to be your most pivotal career move?

Moving in house.

6.     What's the best thing about your current job?

Variety of responsibilities and challenges.

7.     What's the worst job you've ever had?

My last insurance defense position.

8.      What's the most valuable life lesson you still apply today?

Every challenge is a gift.

9.     What do you consider to be the best thing about ACC membership?

The CLEs.

10.    How do you achieve work/life balance?

Fixed Times.

11.    If I were not practicing law, I'd...

...make furniture.

12.    My favorite vacation spot is...

...anywhere with a beach.

13.    A place I've never been but would most like to visit is:


14.    My all-time favorite movie is:

Saving Private Ryan.

15.    Even people who know me might be surprised to learn that...

Not really anything.  I'm open about my passions.

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