Attorney Dean received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Central State University in Oklahoma and his J.D. from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1977 and has been a trial lawyer since. He is a criminal defense attorney by trade with 40 solid years of representing criminal defendants with cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to felony offenses such as drug trafficking and violent crimes including homicide. His experiences as a criminal defense trial attorney has provided him with opportunities to handle cases throughout the entire United States and even abroad.
His practice also includes personal injury from catastrophic injuries, fatalities, and workers compensation. Prior to receiving his law degree, Attorney Dean was a casualty claims supervisor for major insurance companies. He is also trained and qualified in emergency medical treatment and is a master scuba diver including certification in search and rescue. He understands firsthand how to evaluate your injuries after an accident and knows the methods insurance companies use to settle bodily injury claims.
Attorney Dean has deep ties to the Korean-American community in Atlanta and has been serving the legal needs of the community for many years. He is widely recognized in the Asian community and highly respected in the legal community for his excellence and professionalism and received numerous awards from organizations including the Korean-American Association. He is an avid motorcycle-rider in his spare time.
Michael Petersen Drake is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on criminal defense and personal injury. Mr. Drake has represented an assortment of criminal defendants with a variety of charges ranging from simple misdemeanors to aggravated felonies. Mr. Drake regularly appears for hearings in Courts of differing jurisdictions, as well as administrative proceedings including Driver’s License Suspension Hearings prosecuted by the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
Mr. Drake received his Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Miami School of Law. He earned a number of awards including The Dean’s Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement for earning the highest grade in his Legal Communications and Research class. Mr. Drake was one of few students honorably selected to serve as an ambassador for the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
During law school, Mr. Drake was employed by one of Miami’s most prestigious personal injury law firms, where he developed a passion for litigation and aided in the recovery millions of dollars in a multitude of diverse cases including no fault claims, wrongful death actions, and other serious injury accidents.
Mr. Drake joined the Georgia Bar in 2015 and began trying cases immediately upon admittance. Mr. Drake quickly shined in the courtroom, and within his first year he recovered close to one million dollars for clients wrongfully injured in motor vehicle collisions. Mr. Drake understands how to accurately evaluate property damage, how to analyze medical reports, and most importantly, how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies.
Michael Drake is known for his honesty, integrity, and effectiveness in representing his clients. He is truly a “rising star” in the Atlanta Legal Community. He is a car enthusiast and devoted golfer in his spare time.