Stuart A C Drake
Kirkland & Ellis
Environmental Law
+1 202-389-5094
Main Practice Area

Environmental Law

  • Yale University, J.D., 1981 Note Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, M.Litt., 1981
  • Yale University, B.A., 1977 Phi Beta Kappa

For more than 15 years, Stuart Drake has represented companies whose products are subject to air pollution control regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various State government agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board ("ARB"). Stuart's work includes the defense of enforcement actions in federal and State courts and before the agencies, other litigation involving regulations, and the representation of clients in agency rulemaking processes and in Congressional matters. Stuart's automotive-sector clients include General Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation, as well as the trade associations that represent the leading U.S. and international automotive OEMs. In the non-automotive sector, his clients include Briggs & Stratton Corporation (the leading manufacturer of off-road engines). Stuart has practiced in this area since coming to Kirkland & Ellis in 1984. Stuart has been recognized in every edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business from 2005 to 2019. The guide says he is "as good as they get" and "a fearless advocate for his clients." Stuart was also recognized by the Who's Who Legal in 2014. He was also highlighted for his environmental litigation work in the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. in which he was praised for having "a masterly understanding of the law."

Stuart normally works with several other Kirkland lawyers who also concentrate in product environmental matters. An overview of Kirkland & Ellis' work in this area and complete resumes for Stuart and his colleagues are available from Stuart in the Washington office.

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1983, District of Columbia

Clerk & Government Experience

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 1981–1982
Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations
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