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About The Firm

  David Drake  
  Richard Narup  
  Randall Mead  
  Christian Biswell  
  Steve Ward  

About The Firm

On February 14, 1989, Dave Drake, Rick Narup and Randy Mead hung out their first shingle as Drake, Narup & Mead. Former members of a prior firm, the trio had no clients, but had a dream of what the future could be. They could provide high-quality legal services without all the cost, structure and bureaucracy of a top-heavy, big law firm. Within two weeks, Drake, Narup & Mead was representing the insureds of the nation's biggest general lines carrier and the insureds of the State's principle professional liability insurer. The firm prospered and in 1991 left its rented quarters on MacArthur Boulevard in favor of its own building at 107 East Allen Street. Business grew and the time came to hire lawyers. A third generation lawyer, Kirk Laudeman, late of the State's Attorneys office where he was a felony prosecutor, joined Drake, Narup & Mead in 1995, becoming a shareholder in 2000.  Chris Biswell was added to the Drake, Narup & Mead family in 2001 and immediately launched into a diverse practice including civil rights defense, products liability litigation, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation. Steve Ward joined the firm in 2002, bringing not only 20 years experience in defending civil cases but also that long-missing piece of the puzzle: a workers compensation practice.

Today, Drake, Narup & Mead is still a small firm with a big firm impact, but without the big firm bill. They are poised to handle everything from subrogation to workers comp to the most intricate professional liability matter. Over the last 15 years Drake, Narup & Mead, has defended individuals, insurers, doctors, nurses, engineers, executives, and employers. Recently, Drake, Narup & Mead began representing employees of the State of Illinois caught up in politics and parochial schools under attack by the Department of Revenue; farm product providers; trucking firms and drivers and construction companies from the latest legal fad, mold. If your business or professional group needs top drawer defense from a claim, or advice on how to minimize the risk of a claim, you need look no farther than Drake, Narup & Mead.