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Derek Gaubatz

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Practice Areas:

  • Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations
  • International Law
  • Employment and Human Resources
  • Internal Investigations
  • Nonprofit and Business Transactions
  • First Amendment Law
  • Civil and Appellate Litigation


Derek Gaubatz brings more than twenty years of in-house and litigation experience serving the domestic and international legal needs of ministries, non-profits, and social impact businesses. His practice focuses on the law of religious and other tax-exempt organizations, international law, constitutional law, appellate litigation, internal investigations, and employment and human resources law.

Before joining Gammon & Grange in 2020, he served as General Counsel for the International Mission Board, directing their legal affairs in the United States and navigating the local laws of over 100 different countries. Prior to that, Mr. Gaubatz served as Director of Litigation for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, earning his status as a recognized religious liberty expert. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward Carnes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Gaubatz received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he served as President of the Federalist Society.


  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of California, San Diego
    • Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Political Science)
    • Honors: Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

  • Virginia
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Current Position

  • Director, 2020

Past Positions

  • General Counsel, International Mission Board, 2007 to 2019
  • Director of Litigation,Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, 2001-2007
  • Litigation Associate,Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, 2000-2001
  • Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1997-1999

Professional Associations

  • Executive Member of the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group
  • ECFA Panel of Legal Experts:Commission on Accountability & Policy for Religious Organizations