John 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 attended college at Marion Military Institute on a ROTC scholarship where he received an Associates degree. John then transferred to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with honors in August 1984.
John then attended law school, also at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in December of 1986. John was 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 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 at the Legal Assistance Office. Lieutenant Drake was promoted to “Captain” Drake in March of 1988.
In March 1989, John became the Command Judge Advocate for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and was legal counsel to the Green Berets. As such, 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 at the United States Army Disciplinary Barracks. John was the Officer in charge of the Trial Defense Service for the US Military’s sole maximum security confinement facility.
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. After 19 years of solo practice in Murfreesboro, Mr. Drake associated with Thomas D. Frost and Darren L. Drake.
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: personal injuries from automobile accidents, worker’s compensation, criminal law (DUI and felony drug possession), family law (divorce, custody, child support, and paternity). John has represented plaintiffs and defendants for automobile accidents, construction errors, medical malpractice and worker’s compensation.
John has one daughter. When not practicing law, John spends a great deal of time of time supporting his daughter’s athletic activities and likes to golf during his free time.