John Draper arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Kansas v. Colorado

Chambers & Partners 2019 Ranks John Draper "Senior Statesperson"


John Draper is ranked a “Senior Statesperson” in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  Chambers & Partners describes Draper as "a renowned water law practitioner"  This is the 12th year that Draper has been recognized by Chambers & Partners. 


Chambers 2019 states:


"John Draper is a renowned water law practitioner who has appeared before the Supreme Court on numerous occasions with regard to interstate water rights litigation. He also regularly advises clients during arbitration proceedings. He is known for both his technical expertise and his ability to handle complex disputes, with one client saying: 'I can think of no other lawyer in the country who has such a firm command over not only the substantive law of interstate water litigation but also its relevant procedural requirements and political realities.'"


Ranked Tier 1: U.S. News -- Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2018


Draper & Draper has yet again been ranked a Tier 1 law firm in the U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Rankings.  The firm received the 2018 Tier 1 rankings (Santa Fe metro area) in two areas of practice: 


    - Water Law

    - Environmental Law


Draper & Draper also received a Tier 2 ranking in Litigation - Environmental and Natural Resources Law.  U.S. News rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, and peer review from leading attorneys in the field.



Chambers & Partners 2018 Ranks John Draper "Senior Statesman"


John Draper was ranked a “Senior Statesman” in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  Chambers & Partners described Draper as "a preeminent water law and natural resources attorney."  This is the 11th year that Draper has been recognized by Chambers & Partners.  


Chambers & Partners reported that clients considered Draper an “excellent lawyer” who has taken on “very large and high-profile water law cases nationally.”


Previous editions of Chambers USA have noted that Draper "elicits the highest possible praise from sources for his water law practice."  


Chambers USA 2016 reported that "According to one source, he has distinguished himself as 'a real water expert for years and years, he's one of the top people. He does a lot of water litigation and is just outstanding. He's a very thorough, extraordinarily knowledgeable attorney.'"



"Future Leader" in Arbitration -- Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018


Matthew Draper is named a "Future Leader" in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018.


Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders focuses "on the outstanding members of the next generation: the future leaders of the profession" aged 45 or under.  Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 will be published in November 2017.


It is impossible to buy entry into any of the Who’s Who Legal publications. Only those independently nominated by at least four clients or peers, and confirmed by WWL's research to be pre-eminent arbitration specialists are included in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018.



SuperLawyers 2018 Recognizes Draper & Draper as "Top Rated"


Draper & Draper's attorneys have been recognized again by Super Lawyers for 2018:


     -- John Draper is rated for the 11th year in a row for his preeminent Energy and Natural Resources practice in New Mexico.  


     -- Matthew Draper is rated as a "Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney" in New York focusing on energy and natural resources and international commercial disputes.


Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.



University of New Mexico Zia Award 2014


John Draper was recognized by the University of New Mexico with a 2014 Zia Award for his "reputation as the dean of water law in New Mexico and one of the preeminent natural resources lawyers in the country."


The Zia Award honors distinguished New Mexico residents with a UNM degree. Among this year’s six other Zia Award winners were Damon Martinez, the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Chief Justice Barbara Vigil of the New Mexico Supreme Court.  For more information, click here.



Chambers & Partners 2014


John has been ranked as a "Star Individual" in Chambers USA for eight consecutive years. He is one of only two water lawyers in the United States honored with this designation.

"John Draper is recognized as 'the preeminent water lawyer'" in New Mexico.


"Clients appreciate [John's] encyclopedic knowledge of case law' and 'great trial skills,'" with one client commenting that "'[he'd] hire him again in a heartbeat.'"


Click here for Chambers USA 2014's full commentary.


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Chambers & Partners 2013

"John Draper is widely regarded as 'preeminent in water matters'"



Chambers & Partners  2012

John Draper is "very competent, smart, and one of the best"



Chambers & Partners 2010

John Draper is a "shining star and a real straight shooter"



Chambers & Partners  2009

John Draper is "an optimum force in the state for water rights litigation"


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