Ms. Draper joined the firm in 2005, and specializes in business litigation matters.  Her practice focuses on contract and partnership disputes, business torts, intellectual property disputes, and professional liability claims.  Ms. Draper has experience managing all phases of litigation, including analyzing and evaluating legal disputes and risks, developing and implementing legal strategies, managing complex discovery (including e-discovery), drafting pleadings and motions, taking and defending depositions, litigating trials, and handling appeals.  Ms. Draper has extensive courtroom, trial, and arbitration experience, including oral argument and witness examination in multi-million dollar cases involving breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes, intellectual property disputes, accounting issues, fraud, real estate transactions, and unfair competition, among others.  She has represented a wide range of clients, including large and small public and private companies, government entities, and individuals.

At Northwestern, Ms. Draper was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and worked for the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Draper received a grant from the Owen L. Coon Foundation to study South Africa’s restorative justice practices. While working in South Africa with the Restorative Justice Centre, she conducted field research, developed the first comprehensive overview and report of the restorative justice movement in South Africa, and contributed to the Centre’s publication of Charting Progress, Mapping the Future: Restorative Justice in South Africa (2006).

Some recent cases include the following:

Won a $23 Million jury verdict (plus attorneys’ fees) on behalf of plaintiffs in a conversion and breach of contract case, while completely defeating counterclaims that sought more than $80 Million for breach of an alleged partnership agreement.

Won a $3 Million jury verdict (plus attorneys’ fees) on behalf of real estate brokers who were owed a commission on a high-tech campus transaction, while completely defeating claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against those brokers.

Obtained a $1 Million private arbitration award in favor of a client asserting various breaches of fiduciary duties, while completely defeating allegations of professional misconduct.

Ms. Draper serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.