Dereck Wyatt is the Managing Partner of the law firm of Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. He
is also the founder of Wyatt Plaza, a 100-year-old historic structure that is home to the law
Mr. Wyatt's legal experience includes: 1) The El Paso County District Attorney's Office, 2) A Fort Worth Criminal Defense Firm, 3) The Dallas County Public Defender's Office, and 4) Law Clerk for the Deputy D.A. in Lubbock, Texas, serving in their Homicide and Narcotics Division.
During his tenure as a Prosecutor in El Paso, Mr. Wyatt held the positions of Felony Prosecutor, Screening Attorney, Grand Jury Prosecutor, Jail Magistrate Prosecutor, DIMS Attorney, and Misdemeanor Prosecutor.
Mr. Wyatt has handled thousands of criminal cases, both as a Prosecutor and Defense Attorney. He has tried cases ranging from Murder to DWl. Moreover, Mr. Wyatt has been called as an expert witness to testify on a variety of criminal law issues.
Mr. Wyatt holds a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree from Texas Tech University, two MBAs from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Wyatt was a Pit Trader in the Chicago Commodities Markets, trading futures and options on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
Additionally, Mr. Wyatt is a two time National Federation of Music award winner. For two consecutive years, Mr. Wyatt received a Superior Rating, which is the highest award given to a pianist!
Justin B. Underwood is a 1994 graduate of Hanks High School. While attending Hanks, Justin was a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team and lettered all four years. Justin was a two time District Champion in his weight class and a Team Captain his senior year. Justin qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament twice while in High School. Much of his dedication and perseverance in this demanding sport fueled his achievements after graduation.
Justin graduated with Honors from Texas Tech University in 1998 and obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science. While attending Texas Tech, Justin made the dean's honor roll and worked at the Texas Tech Recreational Center. Justin was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. He was also invited to become a member of the very prestigious Golden Key National Honor Society. Justin was accepted into the Texas Tech School of Law in the fall of 1998.
In the summer of 1999, Justin received an internship with the El Paso District Attorney's office. While at Texas Tech Law, Justin was an officer with the Student Bar Association and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team. Justin also became a member of the distinguished Board of Barristers organization which conducted competitions for Negotiation, Mock Trial and Moot Court events. During his last year of law school, Justin was elected as president of the Texas Tech School of Law's Delta Theta Phi law fraternity by his peers. Justin also worked as an appellate law clerk for the Lubbock County District Attorney's office while attending law school. Justin graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in May 2001.
Upon passing the July 2001, Texas Bar Examination, Justin returned to El Paso to begin his legal career. Justin was hired by the El Paso District Attorney's office as an Assistant District Attorney. While at the El Paso County District Attorney's office, Justin prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies, including murder. He presented cases to Grand Juries and worked with law enforcement agencies in the trial preparation of cases. To this day, Justin still serves as a special prosecutor for the State of Texas at the request of the elected District Attorney.
In 2004, Justin left the El Paso District Attorney's office to form Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. This firm focuses on criminal defense in El Paso, Texas. Justin is a Member of the Texas Defense Lawyers Association. Justin is also a member of the El Paso Bar Association. Justin is a member of the Texas Tech and UTEP alumni associations.
Justin enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, Johnny Cash music, and riding his Harley Davidson in his free time. He is married to Brooke Underwood and they have three dogs, Boss, Dixie and Maggie.
Sheldon A. Myers joined this firm in 2009, creating the firm of Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. Before joining this firm, Sheldon ran his own law practice for five years.
Sheldon has lived in six different states, finally settling in Texas. Sheldon graduated from Portland State University in 1994 as Co-Outstanding Senior with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. To escape the rain of the northwest, Sheldon went to law school in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law School. Sheldon was a member of the Law Review and graduated near the top ten percent of his class.
Sheldon moved to El Paso to enjoy the hot, dry weather and work at the El Paso County District Attorney's Office. While there Sheldon prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors—ranging from trespassing to murder--for four and half years.
Desiring more variety in life, Sheldon left the DA's office and opened his own practice in 2003. Sheldon became licensed to practice in Federal Court, practiced in Probate Court, and continued handling a large volume of state criminal cases.
In 2009 Sheldon joined Wyatt and Underwood, creating the firm of Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. His wife, Angie, became Office Manager shortly after being hired.
Sheldon has experience in different walks of life, from working in grocery stores to being a licensed airplane mechanic. Sheldon enjoys riding a sport motorcycle and coaching his son's t-ball team in the spring.
Robert "Bob" J. Truhill is an associate attorney with Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. He
specializes in real estate, probate, estate planning and business law. He also manages the municipal
court traffic ticket docket for the firm.
Bob is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas with Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees. After he received his Texas Bar License in 1974, Robert practiced law as a solo practitioner for four years until he joined the in-house counsel's office for Southland Financial Corporation where his primary areas of practice were securities and trust law.
Bob moved to El Paso in 1983 to assist his father in business, and after his father retired from the business, he returned to the practice of law with the firm of Diamond Rash, PC where his primary areas of practice were real estate, probate, estate planning, business law and Native American Indian cultural consultation. Bob has been associated with Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC since 2011.
Prior to attending Southern Methodist University, Bob was in the United States Marine Corps and served in Viet Nam from 1967-1968. After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corp with the rank of Sergeant E-5, Robert was employed as a commercial flight testing pilot for the Texas Instrument's Avionics Center while he attended undergraduate school at SMU.
Bob enjoys racket ball, swimming, fly fishing, and camping. Robert is married to Silvia Truhill.