Debra A. Drake

Debra A. Drake’s practice focuses on civil litigation and white collar defense.

Practice & Background

Ms. Drake’s experience includes the representation of clients in complex civil litigation, bench and jury trials, appeals, federal regulatory proceedings and arbitration. She has represented clients facing government investigation, as well as assisted clients with internal investigations. Ms. Drake has also represented clients at oral argument and depositions in multiple jurisdictions.

Ms. Drake was executive editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to law school, Ms. Drake served for four years as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. John W. Olver. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Representative Matters

Ms. Drake’s experience includes:

representing a government subcontractor during a three-week jury trial and securing verdicts of over $20 million in a case involving discrimination, breach of contract, tort and conspiracy claims. As co-chair, Ms. Drake was responsible for the litigation strategy and the preparation of the case through all stages of litigation and trial
developing response strategy and working with the Federal Trade Commission in her representation of refiners during the government’s investigation into alleged price gouging in the gasoline industry
conducting fact investigation and drafting final reports for an international organization during its internal investigation of suspected employee ethical and fraudulent misconduct
representing multiple refiners in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust action against Unocal, including the investigation, pretrial proceedings and three-month trial. Ms. Drake represented these same refiners during a subsequent, related class action suit, preparing and representing multiple third-party witnesses at deposition.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Antitrust and Unfair Competition, 2) Complex Commercial Litigation, 3) Energy Litigation, 4) Global Investigations and Compliance, 5) Labor and Employment, 6) Litigation, 7) Product Liability, 8) Energy, 9) Litigation for Indian Tribes and 10) North America
Law School The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2001
Admitted Year 1997
Education University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., 1993
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
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