Atlanta, Georgia 30309
is a Partner in King & Spalding’s Tort Litigation & Environmental Group. Mr. Drake represents product manufacturers in nationwide high-exposure product liability, personal injury, toxic tort, and commercial litigation. He has experience litigating all phases of individual, class action, and multidistrict cases in federal and state courts around the country, including in some of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. Over the past five years, Mr. Drake has been a member of the core team in five “bellwether” pharmaceutical, product-liability trials, each of which resulted in a favorable outcome. He also has experience advising manufacturers on a variety of issues, including liability avoidance, product labeling, government regulation, and indemnification. Mr. Drake has twice been named a Georgia “Rising Star” in product liability defense by Super Lawyers and Atlanta magazine. He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Legal Trends Affecting the Pharmaceutical Industry: The Rapidly Expanding “Transparency” Movement, Oct. 22, 2014.
Speaker, Knowledge Congress Legal Series: Product Liability for 2014 and Beyond, Sept. 29, 2014.
Speaker, King & Spalding 6th Annual Pharmaceutical University, “Guidance and Insights on Developments in Pharmaceutical Tort Litigation: Managing Mass Torts Through Consolidated Proceedings,” Nov. 19, 2013.
Lead Author, Prescription Medication Cases: The Case Against Negligent Design Claims, For The Defense, Oct. 2012.
Co-Author, Despite The Evidence, I Swear That The Facts I Allege Are True: Confronting A Plaintiff’s Uncorroborated Testimony On A Factual Issue When Removing A Case Based On Fraudulent Joinder, International Association of Defense Counsel Journal, July 2012.
Co-Author, 2011 Eleventh Circuit Survey: Evidence, 63 Mercer Law Review 4.
Speaker, State Bar of Georgia Product Liability Seminar, “Discovery Strategy and Tactics for Proving Statute of Limitations Defenses,” March 3, 2011.
Co-Author, “My Doctor Threw Me Off the Scent.” Does a Negative or Ambiguous Response by a Doctor to a Causation Inquiry Toll the Statute of Limitations? DRI’s The Voice, Sept. 8, 2010.
Co-Author, Controlling the Scope of Trial: Excluding Key Evidence in Pharmaceutical Litigation, In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2008.
Old Man and the Sky: The Brazilian Antitrust Implications for Rupert Murdoch’s Expansion of the Sky Global Satellite Network, 37 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 1147.
|Areas of Practice||1) Pharma/Biotech/Med Devices , 2) Pharma Products Liability , 3) Product Liability Litigation , 4) Mass Tort , 5) Toxic Tort Litigation , 6) Appellate and 7) Constitutional and Administrative Law|
|Law School||J.D., Vanderbilt University|
|Education||B.A., University of Virginia|
|Bar Member / Association||State bar of Georgia|
|Most recent firm||King & Spalding LLP|
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