J. Joshua Drake, Attorney at Law
Josh Founded the firm with Angela Street in 2010. Before starting the firm Josh spent seven years as a partner in the Firm of Garnett, Naramore and Drake, P.A.,
and prior to that he spent
eight years with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services where he practiced in Garland and nine surrounding counties. Josh brings family, business, housing, social security and consumer law experience to the firm.
He currently has a general civil litigation
practice with an emphasis in the areas of family law including: divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, guardianships, and alimony. In the past Josh had a multi-year contract
to represent abused and neglected children as their "Attorney Ad Litem" in Juvenile court. That contract ended in July 2007 but he continues represents occasional juveniles and families
involved in Juvenile Court matters.
He has sat as Special Circuit Court Judge over a dozen times. Josh is a member
of the Garland County Law Library Board and has served as assistant coach of the Lake Hamilton High School Mock Trial Team. Josh currently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of
the Garland County CASA Program
Josh is a member of the Garland County Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in all Arkansas state courts
including the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court; United States Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas; United
States Supreme Court. Josh has represented clients in court in the following Arkansas counties: Garland, Pulaski, Saline, Hot Spring, Clark, Grant, Montgomery, Yell,
Sabastian, Polk, Pike, Howard, Sevier, Ouachita, Cross, Poinsett, Greene and Nevada.
* Josh was named 2007 "Attorney Ad Litem of the Year" by the Garland County CASA Program.
Josh is responsible for the development of this web site. He responds to the firm "info" e-mail address on a regular basis, however, the best
way to contact anyone at the firm is by telphone.
* Josh was presented the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record 2007 Reader's
Choice Award for "Best Attorney" in Hot Springs- 2nd Place.
|– EDUCATION –|
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF LAW
||Juris Doctor, May 1994.|
||Arkansas Law License, August 1994|
||LSAT Score: 46 (Top 1%)|
||National Mock Trial Team; Winner 2L/3L in-school trial tournament|
||Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer|
||Vice-president/Treasurer - Christian Legal Society|
RHODES COLLEGE - MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
||B.A. in International Relations and Political Science 1991|
||All American-Mock Trial Team|
||Awarded four year University Scholarship|
||Vice-president, Baptist Student Union|
DeKALB COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - SMITHVILLE, TENNESSEE
||President, Beta Club.|
||Vice-president, Senior Class|
||Varsity Baseball Team|
||Junior and Senior Play Cast|
||Fellowship of Christian Athletes|
||Winner, Future Business Leaders of America state economics competition|
|– EXPERIENCE –|
Garnett, Naramore & Drake, P.A. (now Garnett and Naramore, P.A.)
Hot Springs, Arkansas January 2003- August 2010
- Partner: Represented individuals and businesses in a variety of civil legal matters with a primary emphasis on family law matters. Designed and maintained the firm's first web site.
Center for Arkansas Legal Services
(formerly Central Arkansas Legal Services)
Hot Springs, Arkansas May 1994- January 2003
- Staff Attorney: Represented Clients in Judicial and Administrative proceedings in nine county area. Served as president of the employee union and negotiated seven
collective bargaining agreements with management. Designed and developed the organization's first web site in 1996.
Public Interest Law Project
August 1992-May 1994, University of Georgia School of Law
- Founding Member and Teaching Assistant: Worked with private and public social service agencies and their clients. Incorporated non-profit organizations. Interviewed clients. Supervised 2L project members. Assisted with planning and development of project. Advised University Staff Council. Attended mediation training. Developed alternative methods of legal representation.
Kopecky & Roberts
April 1992- May 1994, Washington, Georgia
- Law Clerk: Drafted appellate briefs and memoranda of law, pretrial motions, and answers. Prepared interrogatories, jury instructions, employment contracts and partition petitions. Conducted client interviews and wrote client letters. Attended hearings and trials. Incorporated non-profit corporations and applied for tax exempt recognition. Attended Continuing legal education seminars.
Legal Aid/Criminal Defense Clinic
January-December 1993, University of Georgia School of Law
- Student Attorney: Conducted week long felony trial. Wrote and argued preliminary motions. Participated in preliminary hearings. Interviewed clients and witnesses.
Georgia Legal Services
Summer 1993, Gainesville, Georgia
- Legal Intern: Represented client at unemployment benefits hearing. Conducted client interviews. Negotiated on clients' behalf with DFCS, public housing authority, and private landlords.
Institute for Continuing Judical Education
Summer 1992, University of Georgia School of Law
- Research Assistant: Revised judicial monographs.
United States District Court
Spring Semester 1991, Western District of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee
- Intern for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons: Attended hearings, trials, and conferences. Maintained legal research library.
Neighborhood Christian Center
August 1988 - May 1991, Memphis, Tennessee
- Volunteer Tutor: Helped inner-city youth with school work.
|– PERSONAL –|