Joseph Drayton, a partner with the New York City-based Cooley LLP, which has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe, has been installed as the 76th president of the National Bar Association.
Drayton, a leading patent and commercial litigator, was sworn in during the organization’s annual conference in New Orleans. He is currently finishing his term as vice president of finance for the association, the oldest and largest network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.
“Joe’s involvement with the National Bar Association has been game-changing,” said renowned lawyer Benjamin Crump, a partner at Parks & Crump and the 73rd president of the organization. “He is a dedicated leader, and I trust he’ll successfully lead the National Bar Association on all fronts, including our important role as a protector of civil rights.”
Recognized as a top lawyer by several legal directories and publications, Drayton, in June 2018, was named a “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal, and a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group in 2016 for “delivering superior client service.”
He was also recently named to the IAM Patent 1000 list, a recognition that honors the top patent practitioners in the world.
In July, Drayton was again named one of the most influential Black lawyers by Savoy magazine, in addition to having been honored 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.”
Drayton, whose goal is to maximize the career trajectory of members while ensuring each positively gives to their respective communities, will serve a one-year term which will focus on issues that include voting rights, police and gun violence and the school-to-prison pipeline.