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After high school, Darren enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years primarily as an Electronics Technician. Between 1996 and 2002, he was stationed onboard two aircraft carriers, the USS Kittyhawk CV-63 in Yokosuka, Japan, and the USS Constellation CV-64 in San Diego, California. Darren also served one year tour on Diego Garcia, a remote island near the equator in the Indian Ocean. While in the Navy, Darren earned three Navy Achievement Medals, two good conduct medals, and was both Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualified. Darren was also a firefighter and performed damage control throughout the ships during general quarters and battle stations.
After the Navy, Darren attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale using the Illinois Veterans Grant and the Montgomery GI Bill. In his spare time, Darren played rugby for the mens club rugby team. In May 2005, he received a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Systems and entered the work field.
Two years later, Darren heard from an old military friend that was now an attorney. Knowing Darren would enjoy practicing law, he made Darren promise to take the law school entrance exam. A few months later, Darren took the exam and was accepted into law school. Upon discovering that he still had Illinois Veterans Grant benefits available, he chose to attend Southern Illinois University School of Law. After his first year of studies, Darren went overseas to Ireland for the summer and studied the Law of European Union in a study abroad program hosted by the University of Missouri School of Law.
In his second year of law school, Darren helped found the Veterans Legal Assistance Program at SIU. The program provided free, pro-bono legal service to veterans that had been previously denied claims by the Veterans Administration. During the summer of his second year of law school, Darren practiced law as a certified law clerk in California for the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office in Ventura, California. Under the supervision of an attorney, he successfully prosecuted felony criminal preliminary hearings on behalf of the State.
In his final year of law school, Darren served as the Vice President for the Southern Illinois University Graduate and Professional Student Government. Additionally, Darren served as the President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Stephen Douglas Chapter. He is still active with the Phi Alpha Delta Alumni Chapter in Nashville and regularly volunteers to judge mock trial competitions for both colleges and high schools.
During school and other breaks, Darren and his wife regularly visited Memphis, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, and Gatlinburg. They both fell in love with Tennessee’s natural beauty, its music, and the kindness and pride of its people. They moved to Murfreesboro immediately after law school and made it their home. When not in court advocating for his clients, Darren proudly serves his local community of Lascassas as a firefighter for the Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department.
In 2011, Darren teamed up with established Attorneys John Drake and Tom Frost to form: Drake Drake & Frost – An Association of Attorneys.
Darren Drake is a member of the Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association as well as the Murfreesboro Downtown Barristers Lions Club. Darren is admitted to practice State law within Tennessee and Federal law in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville. Darren focuses his practice on Criminal Defense, DUI, Divorce, Family Law, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation.
Darren represents clients in the courts of Rutherford County, Davidson County, Cannon County, Coffee County, Bedford County, Wilson County, and the central Tennessee area.
In addition to his primary duties, Darren was a volunteer firefighter during his military service. He continues his quest for helping others and pushing his own personal limits by dedicating his time to give back to his community. Darren is a Lead Firefighter for the Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department “District 25″ and is extremely active in all aspects of his service.
Darren was one of 343 firefighters who recently participated in the 110 flight 9/11 Memorial Climb to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at The World Trade Center. Darren and 342 other firefighters climbed 110 flights of stairs in full gear while carrying an honored firefighters photograph and I.D. to the top. Darren’s leadership, passion to help others, and determination can be seen in all aspects of his life. His volunteerism in the fire service is just one more example.