New York – March 11, 2015 – Cooley litigation partner Joseph Drayton was honored by Savoy Magazine as one of the "most influential black lawyers" in 2015. The list features the "top partners from leading national law firms and corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies."
Drayton's practice focuses on a broad range of intellectual property and complex commercial matters. His experience includes patent litigation, trademark and copyright usage, trade dress, design patents and false advertising. Drayton has been internationally recognized by IAM Patent 1000 and National Black Trial Lawyers Top 100 for his success as a patent trial attorney, and he is an inaugural member of the National Bar Association's "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40." In addition to his successful patent practice, Drayton is the current co-chair of the firm's African American affinity group. In 2014, Drayton was one of only four attorneys to be honored with the New York City Bar Diversity Award for his transformative leadership in numerous bar groups and active participation in local and national diversity initiatives.
"Cooley's commitment to attracting, mentoring and retaining an exceptional team of attorneys from as many backgrounds as possible is embedded in the firm's culture," said Joe Conroy, Cooley's CEO. "Joe is a stellar example of the talent that we have acquired as a result of that commitment, and we are extremely proud to see him recognized for his dedication to increasing diversity across the legal profession."
"Savoy is proud to congratulate those recognized within the Most Influential Black Lawyers listing for 2015. We salute their achievement and leadership working at the highest levels within firms of influence and global corporations," said LP Green II, publisher of Savoy. "This is the definitive and most comprehensive list of black lawyers compiled within the last five years and we're proud to share their impact with our readers."
Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African-American community that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about black culture, across entertainment, sports, business, tech, politics, style and design. Savoy is published quarterly. View the full listings here.
Diversity at Cooley
Diversity is a core value and priority at Cooley. The firm is dedicated to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences – from the way we relate to and support each other, to the way we work together as one firm to meet the needs of our clients. It is the unique abilities and perspectives of every individual at Cooley that creates a rewarding workplace.
For Cooley, true workplace diversity goes beyond hiring people of different backgrounds. It offers all employees the tools, training and mentoring they need to succeed. It embraces the importance of diversity on our client teams. It enables every individual to balance work and family obligations. It looks beyond the firm's four walls, fostering community involvement and participation in local and national diversity initiatives. It includes becoming leaders and contributors in our communities.
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