Drake P. Bearden Jr.
Drake Bearden is a partner at Costello & Mains whose practice focuses on representing individuals and families in Employment and Civil Rights matters. He has spent his entire career representing Plaintiffs in these matters.
Drake is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. This is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in civil practice. Only approximately 2.2 percent of New Jersey attorneys hold this Board Certification.
Drake has litigated hundreds of Employment and Civil Rights cases obtaining tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for individuals. He has tried numerous Employment and Civil Rights cases to verdict and obtained multiple six-figure-plus verdicts for plaintiffs. Those verdicts include an $11.8 million dollar verdict in 2017 in a New Jersey Law Against Discrimination case, one of the largest verdicts awarded in the State of New Jersey that year for any type of case according to the New Jersey Law Journal Top N.J. Verdicts and Settlements.
Drake is a member of several legal associations including the New Jersey Association for Justice (“NJAJ”), the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”), the National Employment Lawyer’s Association (“NELA”) New Jersey Chapter, and the Garden State Bar Association (“GSBA”). He sits on the Board of Governors for NJAJ and is a member of the NJSBA Labor and Employment Section’s Executive Committee. Drake has lectured at dozens of seminars on employment litigation, civil rights and trial tactics for the NJAJ and NJSBA.
Drake graduated from Temple University cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Art in Journalism. He then graduated from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he completed the School’s Nationally Ranked trial advocacy program.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
School Bullying and Harassment
Wage and Hour
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
J.D. - 2009
Honors: Nationally Ranked Temple Trial Advocacy Program
Honors: Member, Temple BLSA
Bachelor's of Arts cum laude - 2005
Minor: Political Science
HONORS AND AWARDS
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Has been included on the list of "Super Lawyers-Rising Star" published by Thomson Reuters 2014 - 2020. - A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found here Super Lawyers.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Temple's Black Law Student Association ("BLSA"), Member
New Jersey National Employment Law Association
Philadelphia Barristers Association
Temple Law Alumni Association
New Jersey Association for Justice ("NJAJ"), Member
National Employment Lawyers Association – New Jersey Branch
Camden County Bar Association, Member
New Jersey State Bar Association's, Member
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Employment Law