Carl R. Draper

Carl R. Draper

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Springfield, IL

 | 1307 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-544-3403
Fax: 217-544-1593
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Administrative Law (30%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
    Attorney Profile
    Carl Draper worked as a young lawyer in the Illinois Attorney General's office appearing on behalf of state agencies and officials in civil litigation. There he learned the fundamentals of the work he now practices in State and federal courts.After several years of that litigation practice, he was appointed to serve on the legal team as Legal Counsel to the Governor from 1984 until he joined his current firm in 1987. In the Office of the Governor, he expanded his working knowledge of State government and operations.In 1987, he joined his current partners in private practice. His focus has been on administative law, employment law for both employees and employers, civil rights litigation and other general civil practice.He regularly appears in both State and federal courts at the trial and appeallate levels.In election years, he practices before the Illinois State Board of Elections on ballot access and campaign disclosure issues

    About Carl Draper

    Admitted: 1981, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Award given by the President of the Illinois State Bar Association for exceptional service to the association and to the legal profession., Presidential Commendation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008
    • Presidential Commendation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair of Labor and Employment Section 2017-18;  Board of Governors June 2006 - 2012 Assembly - June, 2001 - present; Assembly Agenda and Program Committee - June, 2002 - 2004Standing Committee on Strategic Marketing for Illinois Lawyers, 2004 - presentco-chair 2004 - 2008First Solo / Small Firm Conference Planning Committee and Presenter 2005Planning Committee for ISBA Member Economic Survey 2003 - 2004Future of the Courts Conference participant 2003Administrative Law Section Council 2004 - 2006Committee on ARDC - June, 2002 - 2006Delivery of Legal Services Committee - June, 2001 - 2003Judicial Evaluations Outside Cook County Committee - 2001 - 2008Law Office Economics Section Council - 1994-2006, Chair 2003 - 2004Mineral Law Section Council - 1988 - 89OTHER BAR ASSOCIATIONS / PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Sangamon County Bar Association Board of Directors (Pro Bono Committee 1994-97, Chair 1995).Committee on Local Rules, for the United States District Court, Central District 2005 - present.Member of Board of Directors for the Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts 2005 - present Treasurer 2008 - presentGovernment Bar Association - member, 2000

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Regularly accepts pro bono client referrals from local legal services foundation. Served on Sangamon County Bar Association Committee on Pro Bono 1994 -- 1997.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author of chapter on Common Law Writs for a bound book, "Admiinistrative Law Handbook" published as a reference guide for Illinois lawyers., Contrubting Author, Administrative Law Handbook, Illinois State Bar Association, 2007


    • Jury verdict in favor of 16 former employees of the State of Illinois discharged in a layoff that plaintiffs claimed was a politically motivated patronage action. After verdict, settlement produced for each plaintiff an offer of reinstatement, restoration of lost pension credit and monetary payments. Petition for attorneys' fees was presented and settled. Whitlow v. Martin 2004-cv-3211 Central Dist. of Illinois, 2011

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawers, 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Graduation from University of Illinois College of Law.  J.D., 1981
    • Graduation from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.  B.S. Cum Lauede, 1976
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    Office Location for Carl R. Draper

    1307 South 7th Street
    Springfield, IL 62703

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    Last Updated: 9/10/2020

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