Justin S. DraaPartner

My focus: Civil litigation (primarily business and real estate), professional liability, judgment enforcement, commercial collections, and representation of creditors in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Education: J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2007; B.A., Philosophy and Public Affairs, Claremont Mckenna College, 2004.

Representative Litigation:

  • Representation of businesses and individuals in commercial collection actions, fraudulent conveyance claims, and the enforcement of civil money judgments.
  • Secured approximately 100 judgments for possession and past/future commercial rents on behalf of various commercial landlords and property management companies, many of which came after trial
  • Successfully defended an orthopedic surgeon to a defense verdict after a 3 week jury trial in which Plaintiff alleged medical malpractice arising from surgery complications.
  • Secured judgment for commercial landlord/creditor after trial in the bankruptcy of a national restaurant franchisee.
  • Representation of debtors asserting claims of legal malpractice against their former bankruptcy attorney(s)
  • Representation of commercial bay area landlord against a multi-billion dollar corporation in dispute of long-term commercial lease obligations. Negotiated favorable settlement prior to trial.
  • Representation of HOA companies in connection with relief from stay actions against debtor-homeowners in bankruptcy.
  • Representation of elderly individuals in cases involving claims of financial and physical elder abuse and neglect.
  • Frequent representation of creditors seeking exception to discharge through adversary proceedings filed in bankruptcy cases involving allegations of fraud and/or financial misrepresentations by the debtor.

Favorite part of working at Greenfield: The people. Each lawyer here has a depth of knowledge I can tap into freely, and conversely I share my own experiences with them.  We work as a team.

Why it’s important to give back to the community: We are privileged to make a living practicing law, and there are many people who don’t have access to legal counsel who really are worthy of it. I was taught that taking worthwhile pro-bono cases is just something we as lawyers do.