Joseph Drayton is a Partner in the New York office of Cooley LLP and is an experienced trial attorney, who was named among the National Bar Association's Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 in 2010. Mr. Drayton's practice background includes a broad range of intellectual property and complex commercial matters. He practices before state and federal courts, as well as the International Trade Commission. Mr. Drayton counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, transfer, protection and enforcement. He is the Director of the National Bar Association, Region 2 which represents diverse bar associations in Connecticut, New York and Vermont and is the Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation.
Mr. Drayton has been a lead member of numerous intellectual property trial teams. In October 2011, Mr. Drayton represented Pier 1 Imports, Inc. ("Pier 1") in a jury trial involving patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas where the plaintiff sought $ 38 million in damages and royalties from Pier 1. Mr. Drayton successfully earned a defense verdict for Pier 1 in an action involving multiple claims and multiple patents.
Mr. Drayton holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to the Bar in the states of New York and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia. He is a life member of the National Bar Association and the Immediate Past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York City.