Nicholas J. Drakulich is the founder of The Drakulich Firm, A Professional Law Corporation. Mr. Drakulich focuses his practice in catastrophic personal injury and products liability matters and other cases involving extensive physical injuries, emotional harm or involving significant financial losses. He has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding trial practice for more than thirty years. Mr. Drakulich has represented people from all walks of life; from the most powerful (including Fortune 500 companies) to the most vulnerable among us (including the young, the aged, the infirm and the poor).
Mr. Drakulich is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Mr. Drakulich prosecutes select cases in other jurisdictions in association with local counsel and serves as a consultant to foreign counsel in the prosecution of class action cases in Canada.
Among his many notable cases include prevailing in trial against Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. Following the rare products liability verdict against this giant company, counsel for Medtronic opined that Mr. Drakulich is an “exceptionally able, senior, seasoned litigator who was extremely well prepared and clearly spent considerable time and effort to ensure the best possible representation of his client.”
Mr. Drakulich has also been selected as a member of the National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is a national organization composed of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.
Mr. Drakulich has been consistently rated AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, America’s preeminent peer-reviewed lawyer rating service. This is the highest possible rating, indicating preeminent legal ability and the utmost ethical standards. He has been an invited speaker at numerous legal seminars, including those sponsored by the AAJ, Harris Martin and Mealey’s.
Mr. Drakulich has been honored to be appointed by several federal courts across the nation to serve as a member of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in nationally prominent Multi-District Litigations (MDLs). He is proud to have been part of a talented team of trial attorneys who have successfully recovered well over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured consumers. Mr. Drakulich was selected as the Leader of the trial teams in several of these MDLs.
Mr. Drakulich has also been appointed by federal courts to serve as a member of the Common Benefit Attorney’s Fee & Costs Committees in MDL’s on more than one occasion. Mr. Drakulich was also especially pleased, as a member of a Common Benefit Attorney’s Fee & Costs Committee, to play a pivotal role in helping to secure a $1 million dollar donation to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation from the settlement fund towards their device data base designed to track the performance of life-sustaining heart devices.
|Preemption of Devices & Drugs: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly||HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Transvaginal Mesh and ACTOS Litigation||2012|
|The Cutting Edge of ESI Protocols – Predictive Coding & Concepts Searching||HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Pradaxa, Zoloft, Actors, Yaz and Everything MDL||2012|
|Who Is Paying Your Doctor? – The Learned Intermediary Doctrin||HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Hot Topics in the MDL and Class Action Litigation||2012|
|Bard IVC Filter||HarrisMartin Symposium: All Things Mass Tort||2012|
|Professionalism in the Complex Litigation Landscape: Perspectives from the Bench and Bar||12th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium||2012|
|Preemption/Mensing||HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Zimmer NexGen Knee and DePuy Hip Implant Litigation||2011|
|Past Claims and Pending Litigation||HarrisMartin’s Darvon and Hip Implant Litigation Conference: New Developments in These Emerging Mass Torts||2011|
|Past Claims and Pending Litigation||HarrisMartin’s Darvon and Darvocet Recall Litigation Conference||2011|
|Toyota Recall||Toyota Recall Litigation Conference
|Daubert’s Application in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation||Scientific Evidence:Daubert, DNA & More||2010|
|Preemption Presentation||10th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium||2010|
|Preemption: What Survives, Where Are We Headed and What’s the Difference?||9th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium||2009|
|Preemption: What Survives and Where Are We Headed? A Timely Jurisprudential and Legislative Update||8th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium||2008|
|Heart Device Litigation – Guidance/Medtronic at St. Jude Heart Devices||Mealey’s Drug and Medical Device||2007|