Todd Drake


Educational Background

B.A., Political Science (1991) – University of Illinois

Juris Doctor (1996) – University of Colorado School of Law


Top 20% of Class

Editor, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy

Director of Intramural Sports

Delta Upsilon fraternity

Professional Experience and Areas of Concentration

Appellate Practice

Todd has an extensive appellate background, with more than 30 reported opinions. He is currently on the appellate panel for COPIC, Colorado’s largest medical liability insurer. Todd has argued cases before Colorado’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His appellate work has been in a variety of subjects, including medical malpractice defense, peer review and quality assurance protections, medical licensing, employment defense, landowner liability, domestic and environmental law. He also obtained the first interlocutory appeal to Colorado’s Court of Appeals in the state’s history, in Shaw Construction v. United Builder Services, 296 P.3d 145 (Colo. App. 2011).

Medical Malpractice Defense and Professional Licensure Defense

In addition to his appellate practice, Todd has tried more than 20 cases to both juries and courts. Todd has successfully defended health care professionals and organizations in trial courts throughout Colorado from claims of medical negligence, uninformed consent, negligent credentialing, and violation of Colorado’s Consumer Protection Act. He has also represented physicians, nurses, chiropractors and physical therapists in licensing actions before their respective medical boards.

Employment Defense

Todd represents a number of small employers and advises them on matters of hiring, contracting, wage claims, wrongful termination actions, and claims for employment discrimination. Todd has effectively defended employers in claims brought in both state and federal court, as well as administrative hearings.


Todd is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (Interprofessional Committee, 1997-2000), Denver Bar Association, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and Colorado Women’s Bar Association (Todd’s wife is a former president of the CWBA and he serves on their Judicial Committee).

Community Involvement

Todd serves on the Steering Committee for Craig Hospital’s 1907 Ambassadors Circle, an organization dedicated to raising funds for patients with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. He has also formerly worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Special Olympics and coached in the Arapahoe County Little League.