Christopher M. Drake

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Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC
 | 1775 Sherman St, Suite 2750
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 866-291-7528
Fax: 720-221-9781
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Focusing his practice exclusively on civil litigation and with a particular emphasis on insurance coverage disputes, Christopher M. Drake is a partner at Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC. Working out of the firm’s offices in Denver, Colorado, he represents people and businesses throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts, Mr. Drake is also admitted to practice in Minnesota as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

    Many of Mr. Drake’s clients are policyholders whose claims have been disputed or denied in bad faith by their insurance companies. The types of cases that he has handled have included fire, wind, water and hail damage, business interruptions, personal injury, professional malpractice, officers’ and directors’ liability, and construction defects. Mr. Drake has provided advice and counsel to residential and commercial real property owners, engineers, architects, and other construction professionals, banks, manufacturers, distributors and homeowners associations. He spent the early part of his legal career representing insurance companies, and this experience has given him insight as to the types of tactics they employ when they are being sued.

    After getting an associate’s degree at a community college, Mr. Drake enrolled at Tennessee State University. While he was there, he was a member of the school’s NCAA varsity men’s golf team and majored in psychology and political science before receiving a Bachelor of Science in 2001. Mr. Drake subsequently pursued his legal education at what was then known as William Mitchell College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2004. A member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, he has lectured on topics related to his practice areas to homeowners associations and other groups.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 90%Civil Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

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    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Rising Stars: 2018

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    About Christopher Drake

    Admitted: 2004, Colorado

    Professional Webpage: https://www.sjjlawfirm.com/attorney/christopher-m-drake/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Colorado Rising Stars – 2018

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • 2004

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Colorado Bar Association
    • CAI Rocky Mountain Chapter Board of Directors, 2016
    • CAI Rocky Mountain Chapter Programs and Education Committee, Committee Member, 2014 to 2017
    • Minnesota
    • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
    • Colorado
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • From The Trenches – What the Hail, Handling Insurance Claims , CAI Mountain Conference , 2017
    • I have presented a number of educational classes on topics relevant to the governance and operation of Homeowner Association's in Colorado. I regularly speak to property managers and board members on issues of governance, insurance procurement, and claim handling, covenant enforcement, and collections., Attorney, Community Assocaiiton Managers And HOA's
    • The Big Picture Approach to Insurance Claims, Common Interests CAI Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2016
    • From The Trenches – What The Hail, Handling Insurance Claims , CAI Spring Showcase , 2017

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Successfully obtained a $1,750,000 settlement from client's insurance carrier in connection with a large multi-unit Denver based HOA storm damage claim.  Successfully obtained a $900,000 settlement for client in connection with a catastrophic storm claim to their primary residence.   Insurance settlement for a client which allowed them to obtain a complete repair of its damaged roof following a catastrophic hail storm in Denver Colorado. Successfully forced insurance carrier to extend coverage for wind blow debris that resulted from a severe wind and hail storm. Obtained a successful outcome through a motion to the Federal District Court ofColoroado on the scope of appraisal and whether the appraisal panel was bound by prior written estimates.

    Educational Background:

    • Tennessee State University, B.S., Major: Psychology and Political Science

    Industry Groups

    • Construction Defect
    • Contractors
    • Fire
    • Flood
    • Hail and WInd
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Policy Holders
    • Property Casualty
    • Public Adjusters
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    Office Location for Christopher M. Drake

    1775 Sherman St
    Suite 2750
    Denver, CO 80203

    Phone: 866-291-7528

    Fax: 720-221-9781

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    Last Updated: 6/23/2020

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