Joseph P. Derrigo Jr

Senior Counsel


Joe Derrigo is a business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a member of the Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices, as well as the Sports and Technology Industry Teams. 

Mr. Derrigo advises both public and private company clients in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments. His broad corporate practice also includes counseling on general operational matters and structuring and negotiating commercial agreements, technology license agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances.  

Mr. Derrigo has extensive experience negotiating complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures (both buy and sell-side). In the emerging company space, he represents venture capital firms in debt and equity financing transactions, and counsels start-up and emerging companies on governance, operational, investment and growth-related matters. In the sports industry, Mr. Derrigo advises on controlling and non-controlling investments, as well as media rights, sponsorship, licensing and other strategic arrangements. 


Mr. Derrigo was recognized as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in Washington, D.C. by Legal Bisnow (2016).

Education and Prior Experience

Mr. Derrigo graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review and the Moot Court Skills Board. He was also named a George Washington Scholar (top 15% of his class), Dean’s Fellow, and Legal Research & Writing Fellow. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Rochester, where he majored in political science and minored in legal studies while serving as captain of the varsity golf team.

During law school, Mr. Derrigo worked for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club in the Office of the General Counsel.

Community Engagement

Mr. Derrigo maintains an active pro bono practice, regularly assisting low income, elderly Washington, D.C. residents with wills and powers of attorney, and advising veteran and minority-owned start-up companies on formation and corporate governance issues.


Mr. Derrigo is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia.