- Business Creation, Structure and Governance
- Intellectual Property
- Business Services
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Real Estate
Derrick Wang advises creative clients in all industries as they launch, run, and grow their ventures. His practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, business formation, organization, governance and structure, succession planning, and entrepreneurship.
Drawing on his experience as a composer of high-profile interdisciplinary musical work, Mr. Wang possesses a unique understanding of the relationship between proprietary intellectual property and the law. Prior to joining Thomas & Libowitz, P.A., he created the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, which was first seen at the U.S. Supreme Court, praised in both the legal and musical worlds, and covered in national and international media. Mr. Wang has also spent time at premier Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, where he shadowed a group of over 100 startups while researching the creativity of tech entrepreneurship.
As a legal scholar, Mr. Wang’s work has been published with prefaces by Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia in the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts and in Justice Ginsburg’s book My Own Words. As a speaker on law and the arts, he has appeared at events for the Second Circuit Judicial Conference, Stanford Law School, TEDxBroadway, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and the National Constitution Center.
Mr. Wang currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he designs and teaches new courses in law and music on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Mr. Wang is a graduate of Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. While at Maryland, he received the Joseph Bernstein Award for his legal writing on international copyright law and worked in the Washington, D.C. and Shanghai offices of an intellectual-property law firm.
For more information about Derrick Wang’s creative work, visit www.derrickwang.com.
As a composer and lyricist-librettist, Mr. Wang is best known as the creator of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, an American opera about the power of friendship in a divided world. Inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Scalia/Ginsburg was launched at the Supreme Court in 2013, received its world premiere production at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in 2015, and was produced by The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017 in an updated version starring acclaimed tenor William Burden in the role of Scalia.
Scalia/Ginsburg has been hailed by both arts critics and legal commentators as “enchanting” and “a perfect…jewel” (Opera Today), “brilliant” (DC Theatre Scene), “engaging” (The Wall Street Journal), “funny, exceedingly clever” (Above the Law), “laser-accurate…top-notch” (Classical Voice North America), and “tuneful…accessible…smart…a triumph” by The American Interest. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Could we please make it a constitutional requirement that no one can be sworn into office in the White House or Congress without first having seen Scalia/Ginsburg?”
Excerpts from the libretto appear in Justice Ginsburg’s 2016 book My Own Words (in the chapter “The Scalia/Ginsburg Opera”), and the corresponding audiobook features a special performance by Mr. Wang recorded at New York’s Steinway Hall.
For more information about Scalia/Ginsburg, visit www.derrickwang.com/scalia-ginsburg.
- University of Maryland Carey School of Law (J.D.)
- Central University of Finance & Economics, Beijing (Certificate in Comparative Business Law)
- Yale School of Music (M.M.)
- Harvard University (A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)