Laura L. Drake is the managing attorney of Drake Law Practice LLC, a law firm offering assistance with estate and Medicaid planning, probate, special needs trusts, and business operations. She has experience in all aspects of real estate and bankruptcy law in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. In 2010, Ms. Drake began working for Community Fund Management Foundation as the Associate Director for Southern Ohio to offer special needs trusts options and Medicaid payback trusts for disabled individuals. She also works as a Hotline Attorney at Pro Seniors, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides legal advice to seniors.
An attorney licensed to practice in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois (inactive), Ms. Drake also volunteers on several local and state board of directors for various nonprofit educational and philanthropic organizations. She is the Co-Treasurer for Common Threads, a resource for families and providers in Clermont, Butler, Warren, and Hamilton counties for individuals with special needs. Ms. Drake is a member of the State Bar of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois, as well as the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and Cincinnati Bar Association.
Fluent in French, Ms. Drake received a Premier Degré from The Institute International d'Etudes Françaises in Strasbourg, France, where she also served with the Council of Europe, working with committees concerning Eastern and Central European legal matters for publication in French and English regarding cases before the European Court of Human Rights.
Ms. Drake is an active presenter throughout the United States on the subject of special needs trusts, financial and estate planning, STABLE accounts, foreclosure evictions, and guardianship issues. Her works were recently published with the National Business Institute ("Special Needs Trusts" 2012) and with The National Law Firm Ohio State Update ("Jefferson County Implements Mediation Program" 2010). In 2018, she completed a course sponsored by The Supreme Court of Ohio for ADR and mediation fundamentals and completed arbitration education with FINRA in 2019.
Ms. Drake was awarded the 2019 House Bruckman Award for Teaching Excellence for her work at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, where she was taught from 2009-2019. She was the Program Chair for Paralegal Studies and taught Business Law, Bankruptcy, Legal Research and Writing, Litigation, Family and Probate Law, and Introduction to Dispute Resolution. She was awarded the Young Leader Award from the Ohio American Association of University Women in 2007.
|KY||Authorized to Practice Law||2000||04/04/2021|
|IN||Active In Good Standing||1997||04/05/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|House Bruckman Faculty Excellence Award||Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||2019|
|Young Leader Award||American Association of University Women Ohio||2007|
|Managing Attorney||Drake Law Practice LLC||2010 - Present|
|Hotline Attorney||Pro Seniors, Inc.||2010 - Present|
|Associate Director||Community Fund Management Foundation||2010 - Present|
|Faculty||Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||2009 - Present|
|French Instructor||Northern Kentucky University Connections||2009 - 2010|
|Course Designer and Instructor||Freelance ESL Instructor||2009 - 2011|
|Foreclosure Managing Attorney, Managing Attorney||Manley Deas Kochalski LLC||2004 - 2010|
|Associate||Nielson & Sherry P.S.C.||2002 - 2004|
|Associate||Javitch, Block, Eisen & Rathbone||1999 - 2001|
|Associate||Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, L.P.A.||1998 - 1999|
|Law Clerk||Thompson & Co., L.P.A.||1997 - 1998|
|Judicial Extern||The Honorable Gregory F. Kishel, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota||1996 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Common Threads Network||Treasurer||2014 - Present|
|PLAN of Southwest Ohio||Vice-President||2013 - Present|
|Northern Kentucky Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Translators Association||Member||2009 - 2012|
|National Business Institute||CLE Presenter||2008 - 2009|
|Chinese American Association of Cincinnati||Board Member||2007 - 2013|
|Association of University Women||Branch President, VP of Programming, Legal Advocacy Chair||2002 - 2012|
|National Business Institute||"Special Needs Trusts"||2012|
|The National Law Firm, State Updates||"Real Party in Interest Debate Comes to Kentucky"||2010|
|National Business Institute||"Evictions" (Chapter 4 in "Legal Issues in Real Estate Foreclosures")||2009|
|The National Law Firm, State Updates||"Jefferson County Implements Mediation Program"||2009|
|The National Law Firm, State Updates||"6th Circuit Court of Appeals Reviews Under-Secured Claims"||2009|
|The National Law Firm, State Updates||"Warning Order Process Can Add to Delay"||2009|
|University of Minnesota Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Indiana University-Bloomington||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Institut International des Etudes Français, Strasbourg, France||Premier Degré||1992|
|The Future is Now Project: Families in the Know||Trusts and Stable Accounts: What Families Need to Know||2019|
|21 Series||New Internet Resource for Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities||2019|
|Transition Bootcamp||Financial Planning for Families of Children and Adults Who Have Developmental Disabilities||2018|
|Transition Bootcamp||What Individuals and Caregivers Need to Know about STABLE Accounts and Trusts||2018|
|School to Adult Life Transition||Special Needs Trusts & STABLE Accounts||2018|
|School to Adult Life Transition||Guardianships||2018|
|Home Think Tank Anniversary Celebration and Conversation about Inclusive Housing||Using STABLE Accounts to Plan for Housing||2017|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Special Needs Trusts||2017|
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