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I cannot begin to comprehend how some companies operate when it comes to asbestos exposure. They hold the fate of thousands, potentially millions, of people in their hands. We have discovered that some companies go so far as subterfuge in order to further their bottom line. They take asbestos warnings off materials they receive and then resell the materials without the warning labels. Their conduct is egregious, and they should be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused our clients.
Todd Drayton has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s experienced and dedicated Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit. “I’m excited to have been given this opportunity to work at Weitz & Luxenberg,” Mr. Drayton says. “The firm’s dedication, resources, history, and knowledge are second to none,” Mr. Drayton adds.
“Weitz & Luxenberg knows all the major players in asbestos litigation. It’s really the same companies that are hurting people over and over again. They just don’t seem to care about the people they harm. Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer.
“To be a part of Weitz & Luxenberg’s massive effort to help our clients is a huge privilege. Our clients are good people who deserve the best possible results for their families.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always been a plaintiffs’ attorney,” Mr. Drayton points out. “I love trying cases and advocating on behalf of my clients. Making an impact in people’s lives has always been important to me.
“To be working with some of the top asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in the country is an honor. I believe I have the trial experience they are looking for in an attorney, and I want to deliver my very best on behalf of our clients,” Mr. Drayton adds.
Weitz & Luxenberg feels equally privileged that Mr. Drayton decided to join our firm. W&L has added him to our asbestos and mesothelioma trial team, as well as our environmental and negligence practice groups. He is also part of our firm’s premiere Roundup trial team, which is currently prosecuting cases against the manufacturer of this well-known weed killer. In 2015, Roundup was deemed a “probable carcinogen” to humans by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Mr. Drayton continues to manage a diverse personal injury practice, both in New York and New Jersey. He brings several decades of litigation and trial experience to W&L and has already helped secure millions of dollars on behalf of his clients through the court system.
“Years ago, a colleague I admired said to me: ‘Don’t do anything to hurt your client. Always put your clients first.’
“This advice has remained with me over the years. That, along with the sacred oath I took when I was first sworn in as an attorney, has served as a code of ethics, a canon to live my life by.
“As attorneys, we hold our clients’ lives in our hands — whether we are handling litigation involving asbestos-exposure diseases like mesothelioma, personal injury accident lawsuits, or defective drugs and medical devices cases. We are talking about real people’s lives.
“They are putting their trust in us, and we must zealously do whatever we can within legal limits to fight for our clients’ best interests,” Mr. Drayton insists.
Among his victories, Mr. Drayton secured a $2.25 million verdict for an immigrant, single mother, who suffered severe injuries after slipping and falling on black ice in her employer’s park lot.
In addition, Mr. Drayton secured:
Mr. Drayton’s successes are particularly remarkable because he almost always secures unanimous verdicts in each of his trials. He has never lost an automobile accident case requiring him to overcome New Jersey’s strong verbal threshold defense and has never failed to secure a unanimous verdict when doing so. These are just examples of the legal ability Mr. Drayton brings to each of his cases.
For two decades, Mr. Drayton has served as a civil trial attorney representing numerous clients in multiple areas of legal practice, including product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and slip-related falls.
He has also tried medical malpractice matters and prosecuted discrimination actions under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination and the Contentious Employee Protection Act.
Prior to joining Weitz & Luxenberg’s team of asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys, Mr. Drayton served as of counsel to a law firm in northern New Jersey. He also spent 10 years as a senior trial attorney at a central New Jersey law firm where he represented personal injury victims. In addition to litigating personal injury lawsuits, Mr. Drayton has also provided trial mentoring to young associate attorneys.
Before that, Mr. Drayton served for 10 years at a New York law firm. After helping to build the firm’s asbestos litigation practice from the ground up, he represented clients who had developed mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos.
He also handled hundreds of state and federal pharmaceutical plaintiffs’ cases. His responsibilities included meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, conducting and defending depositions and drafting settlement packages.
In one of his first positions after receiving his J.D., Mr. Drayton worked as a staff attorney at a law firm in central New Jersey. There, he served as a supervising attorney on several high-profile deceptive insurance marketing practices class action lawsuits.
He also represented hundreds of clients in face-to-face mediations and arbitrations and trained and supervised more than 30 attorneys.
Mr. Drayton is also noted for appearing and arguing matters before New Jersey’s Appellate Division.
In addition, Mr. Drayton was interviewed for ABC’s Eyewitness News in a case involving the suicide of Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi. Mr. Clementi’s death made national headlines after the freshman jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.
Outside of his work at the law firm, Mr. Drayton boasts that his beautiful wife and four children are “his world — pure joy.” He cherishes his family above all else. They are the “highlight” of his day.
In addition, his role as pastor of his church and the ministry he has nurtured over the years are immensely gratifying. He remembers being ordained almost five years ago.
His pastoral duties, he says, are something he holds very dear. His values guide him in both his work with victims of asbestos exposure and his life outside of Weitz & Luxenberg.
Mr. Drayton is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
He earned his J.D. from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his B.A. from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Todd Drayton will be happy to review your case.