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Derk Wilcox

Senior Attorney

Derk Wilcox is senior attorney at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He joined the Center in June 2012. Prior to that he practiced both as a solo attorney and with various firms representing clients in a range of civil matters including litigation involving business disputes, construction and lien law, franchise contracts, real estate ownership/management disputes, and Uniform Commercial Code issues. He has also represented patients in the state's mental-health care system and disabled clients in the probate courts. 

Wilcox also spent ten years with Economics America, Inc., an economic consulting firm where he assisted in econometric forecasting and the formulation and use of computer forecasting models.

Wilcox received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he was a recipient of the Thomas More Full-Tuition Scholarship. He also holds a masters of arts in economics from University of Detroit, Mercy and a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from the University of Michigan.

Wilcox lives in Dexter, Mich.

From Derk Wilcox

Free Speech or Government Speech?

New bills would increase government oversight … more

Mackinac Center and Virginia Tech Professor Dr. Marc Edwards Sue Wayne State Over Flint Water Documents

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation files case to help bring about further government transparency … more

Fighting to Make Right-to-Work Effective

State Forces Hotels And Inns To Fund Private Marketing Bureaus

State Forces Hotels, Inns, To Fund Tourism Bureaus

Teacher Sues Union Over Right-to-Work

A Michigan Education Association affiliate is violating state law … more

Teachers in Taylor Win Final Right-to-Work Battle

Supreme Court rejects appeal and upholds teachers’ rights … more

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit after Tourism Bureau Promises Not to Charge B&B Owner

First Amendment issue still in question … more

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds RTW Law

Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling … more

Another Judge Upholds Teachers’ Right-to-Work Status; Faults Union’s Tactics

Mackinac Center calls on Michigan Education Association to stop sending teachers to collections … more

Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington

Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record … more

Union Privileges Cost Veterans

Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA … more

Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights

Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax … more

Court Rules in Favor of Mackinac Center Clients

Ruling says union and district violated right-to-work law … more

Court of Appeals Rules Union and District Violated Right-to-Work Law

MERC decision is upheld in a win for Taylor teachers … more

Mackinac Center Dismisses Tourism Tax Suit After Resort Owner Sells Property

Center wishes former client well in retirement; leaves door open to future challenge … more

State 'Post and Hold' Rules Economically Unsound

Liquor laws benefit the few and the expense of the many … more

Protecting Freedom of Speech

Mackinac Center Defends Resort Owner’s Free Speech Right

State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit … more

Northern Michigan Resort Owner Files Lawsuit Against Tourism Board to Reclaim His First Amendment Rights

Mackinac Center files suit to protect property owner's free speech rights … more

Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

The history of transaction taxes in America … more

Time for The MEA To Recognize Right-To-Work

Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit … more

Mackinac Center Will Represent Teacher Suing MEA For Keeping Him In Union

Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA … more

Right-to-Work Could Come to Public Employment

Michigan Supreme Court: Pension Reforms were Constitutional

Unions lose challenge to 2012 law … more

More Confusion Over 'Affordable Care Act'

Court rules IRS illegally implemented tax credits. … more

Supreme Court Ends Dues Skim Nationwide

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Up to the Challenge

The SEIU Dues Skim Is Over

Taylor Teachers Fight Union Subversion of Right-to-Work Law

Hazards of Long-Term Union Security Agreements

Employers, employees should be wary of union scheme. … more

Stealth Unionization: The Walking Dead

An Analysis of Proposal 4 of 2012: The Unionization of In-Home Caregivers

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently published “An Analysis of Proposal 4 of 2012: The Unionization of In-Home Caregivers,” which addresses Proposal 4 on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot. The policy brief is authored by Mackinac Center Legal Analyst Derk Wilcox.
The proposed constitutional amendment would authorize the forced unionization of tens of thousands of home-based caregivers in Michigan, allowing the Service Employees International Union to continue skimming millions of dollars in dues from Medicaid stipends meant to help Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. A line-by-line review of Proposal 4 shows that it would not provide any programs or services to in-home care recipients that are not already available, including any improved care, new options for care recipients or taxpayer cost savings. … more