Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: "The Journey from Engineering to the Law," Joe Drayton, Cooley LLP
Friday, November 15, 2019
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
1110 Kim Engineering Building
301 405 4471
The Journey from Engineering to the Law: An Ever-Changing Perspective
Partner, Cooley LLP
Abstract: UMCP ECE Alum Joseph M. Drayton, a partner at the law firm of Cooley LLP will discuss his journey from College Park to design engineering to law school and then to Big Law in New York City and across the United States. His remarks will shed insight on the intersection of engineering and law, in light of the significant technological advances over the past 20 years. From the perspective of an intellectual property litigator, Mr. Drayton will describe ways in which engineers impact the legal profession. The law is a viable career path for UMCP Terrapins to consider. Mr. Drayton’s remarks will provide lessons learned that you may find useful regardless of your ultimate career decision.
Bio: Joe is a proud life member of the National Bar Association recently serving as its 76h President. Joe serves on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and has handled as first chair impact litigation aimed at preventing both employment and housing discrimination. Joe is also currently on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, and just concluded service as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Joe is on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association and serves as chair of this committee.
Joe's practice background includes a broad range of intellectual property and complex commercial matters. He is experienced in patent litigation, trademark and copyright usage, trade dress, design patents and false advertising. Joe also counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, transfer, protection and enforcement. He has represented leading companies in the media, telecommunications, banking, private equity, pharmaceutical, electronics and retail industries. He practices before both state and federal courts, as well as the International Trade Commission.
Joe is recognized as one of the top lawyers in the US by several legal directories and publications. In February 2019, he was recognized as one of the “Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers” in the U.S. In June 2018, he was named a "Distinguished Leader" by the New York Law Journal. He is named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group (2016-2017) for “delivering superior client service" and was recently named to the IAM Patent 1000 list, a recognition that honors the top patent practitioners in the world. In 2018 and 2015, he was named one of the "most influential black lawyers" by Savoy Magazine. He has also been recognized by the New York City Bar Association with the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. In 2010, he was named among the National Bar Association's "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40."
Joe received his juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1997, and his electrical engineering degree from the University of Maryland in 1993.