Drake's practice is devoted to civil litigation, including complex business disputes, construction disputes, financial services litigation, class actions, and personal injury/wrongful death litigation. He has handled cases on behalf of a variety of clients in both federal and state courts across the southeast.
Drake has been fortunate to work in a number of different practice areas on both the plaintiff and defense side, giving him a wide range of litigation experience. He has successfully litigated cases involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, bad faith, professional negligence, retaliatory discharge, and trademark infringement, as well as the FDCPA and FRCA.
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2001
B.S., Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama, 1997
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Drake is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Drake was selected as one of Alabama’s Top 40 under 40 Litigators by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
ACCU v. CUMIS Insurance Society, Inc., 777 F. Supp. 2d 1245 (N.D. Ala. 2011).
Medical Services, LLC v. GMW & Company, Inc., 969 So. 2d 158 (Ala. 2006).
Obtained defense verdict on behalf of client following two week jury trial in Blount County, Alabama, in wrongful death/trucking case. The trial involved application of the South Carolina wrongful death act, and the jury returned a verdict of $5 million against the co-defendants.
First chaired bench trial in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, and obtained six-figure judgment on behalf of real estate investment company in case involving claims of fraud, conversion, and misappropriation of corporate assets.
First-chaired jury trial in Jefferson County, Alabama, in case involving tort and breach of contract claims arising from defective construction work. Obtained favorable six-figure settlement on behalf of clients on the sixth day of trial.
Member of litigation team that successfully defended one of nation’s largest financial institutions against class action lawsuits filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama.
Successfully briefed and argued motion to set aside default judgment on behalf of architect in professional malpractice case. Prior to the architect seeking legal representation, a six-figure default judgment had been against him. Following oral argument in Jefferson County, Alabama, Circuit Court on behalf of the architect, the court set the default judgment aside.
Successfully litigated trademark infringement case in federal court in South Carolina on behalf of national bank, leading to six figure judgment on behalf of client.