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Hon. W. Homer Drake, Jr.

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Newnan, GA 30264-1408

Class: III (1992)Circuit: Eleventh


Mercer University, A.B. (1954)
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, L.L.B. (1956)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Georgia (1979-)
Partner, Law Firm of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Heirs, Atlanta, Georgia (1976-79)
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (1964-76); Chief Judge, (1968-76)
Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Lewis R. Morgan, (1961-64)
1st Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps (1956-59)


Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, Founder and Advisor
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, President (1972-73)
Judicial Conference of the U.S., Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System (1989-95)
State Bar of Georgia, First Chair, Section of Bankruptcy Law (1976-77)


Bankruptcy Practice for the General Practitioner 3d ed. 1995 Author,
Chapter 13 Practice and Procedure West Group 1983 Co-author,
Chapter 11 Reorganizations 2d ed., West Group 1998 Co-author,
Author of various articles in bankruptcy law journals and periodicals.


First recipient of the David W. Pollard Achievement Award presented by the Atlanta Bar Association for contributions to Bankruptcy Law and Practice, (1994)
Walter Homer Drake Professor of Bankruptcy Law established at Mercer University in Macon in honor of Judge W. Homer Drake, Jr., by the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute (1996); Upgraded to Endowed Chair, (2007)
Mercer University School of Law, Outstanding Alumnus Award for the year 2003
Atlanta Bar Association Leadership Award, (2007)
Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Emory University, (2007)