John A. Drake

Of Counsel || Indianapolis

John A. Drake helps companies solve their commercial disputes and employment law problems.  He provides advice to prevent or mitigate litigation in a wide range of areas, but he also advocates for his clients in court and elsewhere in a vigorous, creative, and cost-effective manner.

John has litigated employment law claims, including under ADA, FMLA, and Title VII, to successful resolutions and handled complex commercial cases. In addition, John has experience navigating state and federal appellate courts, including successfully representing clients at the Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Before law school, John worked as a reporter for several newspapers.  He also served as an investigator for Senator Charles E. Grassley on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. John is also active in the community: he has volunteered at the Ask-a-Lawyer Day for the St. Joseph County Bar Association, successfully argued a Criminal Justice Act case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and coached youth basketball and soccer.

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Employment Law Experience:

John counsels employers on a variety of employment issues, ranging from FMLA and ADA disputes to investigations, discipline, and termination.  He also drafts and updates employee handbooks and workplace policies.  John has handled numerous employment cases in court, winning summary judgment or achieving low-cost settlements.  He also represents clients before administrative agencies, such as the EEOC and Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Commercial Litigation and Other Experience:

John has represented corporations in a wide array of commercial and other disputes, including contracts, shareholder derivative actions, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete agreements, intellectual property, fraudulent transfer, UCC, product liability, commercial foreclosure, unfair competition, and zoning.


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Professional Activities

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court
  • DRI (committees: Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, and Drug & Medical Device)
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association


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