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John David Drake

Personal injury Attorney at Murfreesboro, TN

4.9   59 reviews
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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1987
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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Personal Injury, car and truck accidents is a challenging area of the law. Helping clients receive the care they need, have their bills paid and their other needs met isn't easy. I try to give compassion and attention injured clients deserve. Each case is different and requires a skillful approach. My office isn't a giant personal injury mill. I am hands on with each accident case and I seek the most in verdicts and settlements available. I always make sure my client receives more than I.

    36 years, 271 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI in Tennessee is constantly in flux. Our government changes the standards for defendants every year. The DAs office has a duty to protect victims. I have a duty to protect the rights and liberties of my clients. I will do my best to obtain a favorable result for you.

    36 years, 432 cases

  3. Workers compensation
    Workers Compensation law in Tennessee requires a compassionate, hard working, forward approach. Employees usually don't receive a fair settlement without the help of a lawyer. I have tried and settled many cases for more than the company offered.

    36 years, 183 cases

  4. Family
    Divorce practice is painful and emotional for most clients. Clients need to be guided by logic and reason when facing emotionally challenging divorce proceedings. I work to gently direct clients toward a clearer path while protecting them from unfair attacks of opposing parties. I hope to help you.

    36 years, 1,489 cases


 John David Drake is the son of a United States Army Officer.  He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and lived in many different states and countries.  After his father retired, his family settled in White County, Tennessee where John graduated from high school in 1980. John then attended Marion Military Institute on a full 4-Year Army ROTC scholarship.  At Marion he earned an Associate’s degree.  John then advanced to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with honors in August, 1984 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.  John then attended law school, also at the University of Tennessee and graduated in December of 1986.  John was then commissioned as a First Lieutenant of the United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1987.  Lieutenant Drake then earned his "jump wings" from the United States Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga.  Lieutenant Drake and was the Class leader of Airborne Class 87-1.  His first assignment was with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault Division) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served from 1987 to 1989 in the Legal Assistance Office.   Lieutenant Drake was promoted to "Captain" Drake in March of 1988. During his tenure in the Legal Assistance Office at Fort Campbell, KY the office received the Army Chief of Staff's Award for Excellence as the best Legal Assistance Office in the United States Army.  Captain Drake wrote the proposal for that award.  

 In March 1989, John became the Command Judge Advocate for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and was the legal counsel to the Green Berets.  As part of the deployment to Desert Storm, Captain Drake authored over 400 wills and last testaments for deploying Special Forces Soldiers.  Later, he was deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990 and spent six months in Saudi Arabia and was present when Kuwait was liberated from the Iraqi Army.  As Command Judge Advocate, John prosecuted a soldier who had shot and killed a comrade. Captain Drake gave guidance to the 5th Group Commander and soldiers on the law of war. 

Upon returning to the United States, John was assigned to Fort Leavenworth maximum security prison, representing inmates at the United States Army Disciplinary Barracks as a Trial Defense Attorney.

During his 5 years of service he deployed 6 months to a combat zone, received the Army Commendation Medal (3x), National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars), Kuwait Liberation Medal, defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign Ribbon, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. John Drake jumped out of a perfectly good airplane 27 times in his Army career.  

In 1992, John left the Army due to a knee injury and relocated to Murfreesboro where he joined an association with Don R. Ash and Charles Ward. 

John is a member of the Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association as well as the Tennessee Bar Association. John is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts of Tennessee including Tennessee Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals at Cincinnati, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Minnesota, United States Army Court Military Review, and the Court of Military Appeals.

John enjoys practicing many areas of the law including Criminal Defense for crimes such as DUI, simple possession, felony possession, burglary, theft and assault.  Further, John practices family or domestic relations law including divorces, custody, child support, juvenile custody cases and paternity.  John has also tried a number of jury trials for automobile accidents, construction errors, medical malpractice, and worker’s compensation.

In 2011 John was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  With the help of his doctors and surgeons he enjoyed a full recovery.  The experience non-the-less was enlightening and certainly valuable.  At the time John chose, rather than to reduce his practice, to increase the size of his office by joining in an association with Darren L. Drake and Thomas Frost; forming Drake Drake & Frost, an association of attorneys.  The increased presence has enabled John Drake to enjoy a more fulfilling and selective practice of law that he finds additionally more rewarding.

John is divorced and has one daughter.  When not practicing law, John spends a great deal of time of time supporting his daughter’s activities and likes to golf during his free time.



Client's Choice 2016,2015,2013
Client's Choice
2016 2015 2013

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John has helped coach and support his daughter's softball teams.
John Supports his daughter Evelyn Drake in all her activities.

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4.9 / 5.0
  59 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Deborah | January 22, 2013
Workers Comp & Personal Injury Review
John is very "hands on" with his clients and works to resolve a case with their best interest in mind. He actually handled two cases for me during 2012 and both were settled to my satisfaction as far as settlement and time line. We were working under great difficulties on the personal injury case and it turned out better than either of us had expected. I would highly recommend him.
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Response from John Drake June 13, 2015
Deborah: I have to disclose that "Deborah" worked for me for 8 years, prior to my representation of her. Despite our past association, she hired me in two difficult cases. I was saddened to learn of her injuries. Thankfully, she healed. I was very proud she chose me, as she knew many lawyers that could have helped her. Having her come back to me was a true honor. Thank you, Deborah. -John
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Posted by John | July 27, 2011
If you want a lawyer that will tell you the truth this is the one
Mr. Drake will not blow smoke like alot of lawyers will do. He will be truthfuf with you he want promise you something that not going to happen. He will do everthing he can for you. Mr. Drake has worked on several cases for me, I have been pleased with all my results. I thing you would be pleased with his services.
Posted by Eric | January 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
John and Kellie are the best in the business ,,took very good care of me and everything in the case ,,not only is John is a great attorney and Kellie a great paralegal they are great people pretty much like family now ,,anyone would be crazy not to hire them ,,if you schedule a meeting with them go ahead and do yourself the favor and hire them ,,you won’t be sorry I promise ,can’t say enough good things about them
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
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Amazing attorney that cares about your best interest. He just wants you to be treated fair by law and will do what it takes to protect your rights! I have never been so satisfied with any attorney than him! His staff is awesome too!
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2020
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Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney!
John Drake went above and beyond for my case! He got the very best deal for me and out of 11 total criminal charges of theft, he got all of them dismissed and expunged from my record! I cannot express enough gratitude and and elation I feel of how hard he worked for me! It was definitely not an easy case and I 100% recommend anyone needing an attorney in criminal defense to consult John!
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Posted by Debbye | January 23, 2019
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Mr. Drake has been our family attorney for 15 years! He has handled all our legal problems like they were his own. Staff is very helpful, friendly and smart! I have recommended several friends already and would recommend John to anyone needing a lawyer!!
Posted by Nomad | June 12, 2018
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John Drake was both caring and professional in his advice to me… and 'he delivered', helping me move on with my life. Months later, I still appreciate his integrity.
Posted by Regina | October 4, 2017
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A God Send!
John Drake and his “power team” Kellie walked me through one of the darkest times of my life. He handled my divorce case with compassion and complete honesty. I’ll forever be grateful for the way he fought for my case. Mr. Drake not fought but won for me! Prepare yourself he doesn’t hold back and is very forthright with the facts. From now on if someone tells me to “get a life” I can honestly answer I do! Thanks John and Kellie!!!!!!!
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Posted by Michael | August 26, 2017
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The best, that simple
We met for over 1.5 hour for a workers compensation consultation case, I was amazed by how much he cares and listens to his clients. He has great knowledge of the system, and explained everything I Needed to know in a clear and easy manners, I felt like I just met an old friend. 100% score, and I am a very picky person....
Posted by betty | March 15, 2017
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A Personal Touch
Mr. Drake and his assistant Kellie Finney provided a much-appreciated personal touch in handling my recently concluded personal injury case. They were patient as I dealt with post-concussive problems of loss of memory, focus and concentration. My calls and emails were returned promptly and they always welcomed my input as the case proceeded. At the outset, Mr. Drake provided an honest evaluation of possible outcomes. Most importantly, I never felt pressured to settle. I definitely felt my interests were well served.
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Posted by Katherine | February 20, 2017
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Amazing Man, Staff !!!!
I looked for a few months to find someone that I felt would work for me! And understand the ins and outs of what I had been through. I met with John Drake and Kellie his paralegal. He put every worry I had to rest as he answered all my questions and settled my fears. I knew he was the attorney for my case. John was up front and honest that my case would take time. John also stated have faith in me and dont give up. I was injured on 5/2/14 and I wasn't approved for any surgery or assistance till 1/9/17. We tried mediation with who was my employer, We tried to get additional medical care, to no avail. Then we went to court where John was prepared and his persistence fighting for me paid off. I was was always heard, John and his staff were always there to answer any questions, give me courage not to give up and most of all that I would get the care I needed and deserved. The wait was well worth it. I am still healing but I thank John and his staff continually. That was just one of the hurdles we have and we are on to the next one. Excellent Service, Staff !!! They treat you like a human not just someone to push in and out of a door.
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Posted by Jessica | October 20, 2016
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Great lawyer!
John was an amazing lawyer. Very upfront and honest about what to expect throughout the divorce process. Kellie was amazing as well. I was always able to get my questions answered quickly. They really eased the stress of a divorce and handled everything wonderfully. I would and have recommend them to anyone in need of a lawyer.
Posted by Audi | September 20, 2016
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The #1 Lawyer in Murfreesboro!
I have personally gotten to experience nothing but the best from Mr. John Drake!! He has helped me numerous times throughout the past few years. The most recent being my divorce, which I thought would be the scariest thing in my lilfe but turned out to be nothing but an easy process with the help from Mr. Drake. He always has mine and my daughter's best interest at heart and will fight til the end to get us exactly what we need and more! There is no one that I trust more than John Drake! Plus, his staff is AMAZING!! I can call Kelly at anytime with any questions and she is always there to help me out! I really appreciate the time that they take from their day to listen to my needs and give me the best advice! John Drake is the top #1 lawyer in Murfreesboro, hands down! :)
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Posted by Spencer | July 28, 2016
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Look no further!
I hired John Drake during one of the most unsettling times of my life. In that darkness, John Drake was a light, a flame that set a fire the lamp of justice! Even when you're "in the right" of a situation, some of us can still have some dread of confrontations and court dates. John and his amazing staff eased that discomfort and became a strong voice when I felt beaten by my circumstances. Look no further for someone to provide the best service for you and your case, Mr. Drake is it.
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Posted by keith | May 11, 2016
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best of the best
John drake represented me in some cases in in which i was truely innocent on.. im a combat veteran who suffers from drake and kelly his paralegal were kind ,understanding and very professional. .they had all charges dropped on me and a couple dismissed..if i ever needed counsel again they would certainly be my choice for attorneys. .hands down they are the best..and kelly to..
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Posted by virginia | May 3, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
DUI charge reduced due to this brilliant attorney. I did exactly what he said l, he did not promise anything but assured me he would do what he could. I took his advice and did exactly what he asked of me. I am so happy with the results and can now move on from my mistake. I have spoken to a few people in law enforcement whom have advised me I lucky and must have had a great lawyer. Highly recommend him and and very impressed with the results.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 28, 2016
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Best Attorney
As soon as I walked in and met Mr. Drake I knew he was the lawyer for me. He was honest and straight forward throughout the whole process. I always felt like he was doing everything in his power to help me win my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney. He is simply the best there is.
Posted by GT | April 24, 2016
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All around best attorney.
John was great, even for a last minute call from a procrastinator such as myself. He is professional, and I believe he has his clients' best interest in mind. I would recommend him to anyone as he provided with amazing service and legal advice.
Posted by Sabrina | April 16, 2016
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Awesome guy!
John is an awesome guy! He helped make it so I could serve my 3 days at the DUI education center. He helped to have my probation unsupervised due to my work schedule and also helped me with getting a restricted license since I paid all of my court costs and fees at court.
Posted by Jason | April 16, 2016
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Professional and Personal Representation
John David Drake and his staff (Kellie Finney) are much more than a temporary one-time business relationship to me. I feel that my case was very personal and that is how I was treated from day one as a client from this professional firm, “personal.” The representation I received was not just thorough and with favorable outcome it was a learning experience in how the legal system works. The time that is taken to answer to my every question and the ability to cut through on a personal level gave me the utmost trust that this firm was in my corner. Thank you John David Drake and your skilled staff for your outstanding legal representation of my interest. I look forward to you being my family lawyer for any future needs that may arise and consider you and your staff not just my families representation, but also one of friends.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Drake Drake & Frost
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • John D. Drake, Attorney at Law
  • 1996 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Drake & Ward
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bolin & Ash
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Judge Advocate General
  • United States Army, J.A.G. Corps
  • 1987 - 1992
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  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • Marion Military Instutite
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Verdict totaling $175,000 for Ms. Simerly won at trial and appeal at all stages.
  • Father, kept his visitation with child despite mother's plan to move out of state.
  • Tatum Carter v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. M1999-01520-WC-R3-CV
  • Employee won on appeal
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  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Appreciation Plaque
  • MTSU Mock Trial Team
  • 1997
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • United States Army
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly CLE
  • OBJECTION OVERRULED! (or never made)
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (31)
Endorse John
Personal injury Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is top notch and always gets great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great attorney with lots of experience. Working along side him, it is easy to see that he works hard to achieve the best results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Drake is one of the most voracious advocates, and most knowledgeable attorneys in the Murfreesboro area. He's an asset that I have more than once called upon for advice and Counsel. I whole-heartedly encourage consulting with Mr. Drake if you legal questions."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John zealously represents his clients. He is tough but fair in his negotiations and is a great advocate for his clients at trial."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have the pleasure of working in the Rutherford County Bar with John. He is an excellent advocate for his clients and, as his work clearly demonstrates, fights every day for his clients' best interests."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Drake is an experienced member of our local bar who is honest and knowledgeable in his practice. He really cares about his clients and works hard to see that they get the justice due to them. He takes the time to explain things to his clients so that they understand them, and is honest with them about their cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest, hard working attorney who fights for his clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. I have known John for 27 years and he is a superb attorney and person. He is extremely loyal to his clients and very competitive. John is knowledgeable and conscientious in his work and I have never seen him apply less than 100% of himself to get the best result. I would not hesitate to hire this attorney myself."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Drake is a seasoned trial attorney with a aggressive approach to litigation in the court room. His command of the rules of civil procedure and knowledge of objections and courtroom procedure make him a formidable opponent in trial no matter what the facts of his case are. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John & I hail from the same small town in Tennessee and he has always had a sterling reputation both there and in the broader legal community statewide. He has my unequivocal endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known John for a very long time. I have found him to be a caring and passionate attorney. He represents his clients zealously and competently. I not only consider him a colleague but a friend. I am happy to give him my endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John Drake for several years. He has been my opposing counsel in cases where I have found him to act both professionally and diligently in the interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to watch Mr. drake in action and he is an aggressive defender of his clients constitutional rights. Definitely one I would want on my side!"
General practice Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"John fights hard for his clients and treats them like family. He is a zealous advocate and I endorse him without reservation. As an Army JAG veteran, he practices law with a no-nonsense approach. John has years of legal experience. He guides me in my own practice regularly for which I am and will always be grateful."
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