Helena native Curt Drake emphasized defense practice at a larger firm for approximately 20 years before opening his own firm in 2005. Mr. Drake has tried approximately 30 personal injury cases, including cases of catastrophic injury. He has been selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only organization which limits its membership to 2% of Montana lawyers. He has also been selected as a Western Region Super Lawyer. Curt has had successful litigation in numerous Montana State District Courts, the Montana Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Patch v. Hillerich & Bradsby/Louisville Slugger, L&C County District Court 2009, MT Supreme Court 2011, 2011 MT 175 $850,000 verdict for family of American Legion pitcher killed by ball hit by aluminum baseball bat. Achieved Montana Supreme Court decision affirming the jury's verdict
Holdren v. Falls Construction (Great Falls, MT 2010) $1.04 Million verdict for truck driver injured in construction accident
Chriske v. State of Montana Dept. of Correction, MT Supreme Court 2010, 357 Mont. 28 Achieved summary judgment order for the State of Montana and successfully defended the State of Montana in Montana Supreme Court appeal of that order.
City of Dillon v. Montana Mun. Ins. Company, Montana Supreme Court 2009, 353 Mont. 370 Appealed District Court Order against client MMIA and achieved Supreme Court Opinion in favor of client.
Thain v. City of Great Falls (Cascade County 2010) Successfully defended City of Great Falls against claims of unconstitutional city ordinances
Tirums v. Town of Cascade (Cascade County 2011) Successfully defended Town of Cascade against claims of unconstitutional actions and ordinances
Anderson v. City of Deer Lodge (Powell County 2011) Successfully defended City of Deer Lodge against claims that the City improperly enacted and applied City ordinances
In re the Protest of Molina Medicaid Solutions (Feb. 6, 2013): 4/19/2013 Curt Drake and Michael Kauffman successfully defended the largest procurement contract ever awarded by the State of Montana. The contract, worth $179,000,000, came under attack by the unsuccessful bidder over alleged irregularities in the bid process. The bid protest was dropped and the case dismissed after the firm won several key pre-hearing motions.
Areas of Practice
-General Liability Defense
-Montana State and Federal Courts, 1984
-University of Montana School of Law, JD, 1984
-University of Montana, BA, 1980
Professional Associations and Memberships
-Director of the Drake Law Firm, P.C., 2005 through present
-Associated and a shareholder with the Law Firm of Keller, Reynolds, Drake, Johnson & Gillespie, P.C., Helena, Montana, from 1984 - 2004
-First Judicial District Bar Association - Member
-State Bar of Montana - Member
-Defense Research Institute - Member
-Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, current Past-President
-American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate