Lobbying Affiliate: MML&K Government Solutions
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Drake W. Staples



Kentucky, 2016

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2017

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2017


University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 2016

  • Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law, Executive Operations Editor

University of Kentucky, B.B.A., Cum Laude, 2013

  • Major: Finance and Marketing
  • Departmental Honors in Finance and Marketing


My parents and both sets of grandparents owned small businesses, so growing up I had a sense of their experiences and the issues they faced on a daily basis. That upbringing instilled in me a unique understanding of what businesses need from attorneys, and I work tirelessly to meet those expectations. I also grew up around attorneys, so I knew that practicing law would be a fulfilling way to help people like my family when they are faced with legal issues.

I primarily practice in litigation, with experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, including business disputes and employment issues. I have represented both employers and employees, which has given me insight into how both sides view issues.  Additionally, I have counseled clients on business entity formation and assisted with a wide variety of corporate governance questions, so my experience runs the full gamut of litigation and transactional matters.

The practice of law is a unique profession in that it is one of the few careers where you can immediately identify successful outcomes for your clients, even when the problem is unique. In litigation, no two cases are the same, and that’s why I enjoy it - it allows me to explore different legal issues and gain an in-depth understanding of client needs across a wide spectrum of the law. 

My goals are simple: be an effective advocate for my clients, create genuine value, and deliver the best possible outcome; what drives me is my strong desire to see my clients succeed.


Before coming to McBrayer, I worked for a small law firm focusing primarily on litigation. Working for a smaller firm gave me substantial hands-on litigation experience early in my career, which strengthens my contribution at McBrayer.

Additional Practice Experience

Kentucky Leader

Community/Civic Leadership

Junior Achievement Volunteer

News & Insights


The Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act: Increasing Kentucky Economic Output While Leveling the Playing Field for Kentucky Distilleries, 8 Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law L 2017 (2016)

Professional Activities

  • Fayette County Bar Association, 2016-present
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