Judges and attorneys throughout Illinois recognize Carl Draper as a leader in administrative law. “I usually know more about an agency’s rules than the agency’s own lawyers know,” he admits. Carl led Feldman Wasser’s prosecution of the highly publicized IDOT lawsuit, successfully representing 16 Illinois Department of Transportation Employees who were fired for their political affiliation.
“That case tugged at the things that attracted me to law in the first place — civil rights matters,” says Carl. His courtroom knowledge of state, municipal, and federal governmental bodies runs deep, thanks in part to his years as an Assistant Attorney General and Legal Counsel to the Governor of Illinois.
He has become “the guy” for state employment issues, with judges, fellow attorneys, and clients referring cases to him regularly. “I really enjoy it. I’m helping a lot of people in a tough economic period.”
Because Carl is sensitive to his clients’ financial concerns, he gives upfront fixed fee quotes on standard employment, administrative, and benefits cases so that clients know exactly how much his legal services will cost. He also provides legal consultations for a small charge to individuals from the private and public sectors who want advice on employment issues.
In addition to his work in administrative, employment, and benefits law, Carl has won significant civil rights cases. Recently, he expanded his benefits practice, helping citizens to obtain unemployment compensation and other government benefits when they have been denied.
Professionalism has been an important issue for Carl. He has actively represented attorneys on ethics issues including investigations and hearings before the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. He has spoken at seminars on issues that attempt to give real life guidance on the practice of law in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Areas of Practice
Litigation & Appeals
75% of Practice
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1999
University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, J.D., 1981
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, B.S., 1976
Illinois State Bar Association:
• Board of Governors 2006–12
• Administrative Law Section Council, 1988–Present, Chair 2014–15
• Law Office Economics Section Council, 1994–2006, Chair 2002–03
• Committee on Legal Technology, 2013–Present
• Standing Committee on Strategic Marketing 2006–12, Co-Chair 2006–09
• Various special committees and task force projects
Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2012–Present
Appellate Lawyers Association, 2012–Present
Lincoln-Douglas Inns of Court, 2009–Present
Bar Association of the Central and Southern Districts, Board of Directors 2006–Present
Sangamon County Bar Association, 1987–Present
Government Bar Association. 1988–Present
Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association, 2000–Present
Past Employment Positions
Governor of Illinois, James R. Thompson, Counsel, 1984–1987
Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1982–1984
McConnell, Kennedy, Quinn & Johnston, Associate, 1981–1982