Christine E. Drage



EXPERIENCE

Christine Drage is one of the founding partners of Weil & Drage* and has been a construction lawyer for over 23 years. She has represented some of the most well-known design professionals in the global A/E community, many of whom consistently rank among Engineering News Record's Top 500 design firms. She has additionally represented construction and program managers, contractors, manufacturers, and owners, both public and private, on projects involving every type of delivery method. Christine's experience includes trials at the State and Federal Court levels, tribal courts, mediations, arbitrations, extensive complex litigation, and project claims assistance for multi-million and multi-billion dollar private and public works projects. Those project types include hotels, casinos, highways, freeways, airports, justice and detention center projects, wastewater treatment facilities, convention and performing arts centers, hospitals and health care facilities, fuel cells, power plants, schools, high rise and singlefamily residential and commercial projects. Christine has handled virtually every type of design and construction case in her career, including catastrophic personal injury and death cases on all project types, and has worked closely with clients and insurance carriers around the globe. Christine is licensed to practice in California and Nevada State and Federal Courts, and before the United States Supreme Court.

* Weil & Drage is a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, and is also certified by the Supplier Clearinghouse for the Utility Supplier Diversity Program of the California Public Utilities Commission. Weil & Drage is a member of the exclusive National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).

EDUCATION

University of San Diego
Bachelor of Arts-English
NCAA Division I Tennis

Brigham Young University
J. Reuben Clark Law School
Juris Doctor
International Moot Court, Trial Advocacy

DISTINCTIONS

Super Lawyers, Mountain States, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

State Bar of California
State Bar of Nevada
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States District Court, District of Nevada
Clark County (Nevada) Bar Association
Orange County Chapter American Institute of Architects
                (Affiliate Member)
Clark County (Nevada) Chapter American Institute of Architects
                (Affiliate Member)
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Nevada
                (Associate Member)
WBENC – Women's Business Enterprise National Council

PANELIST

Managing the Risk of Condos and Other Residential Projects
(April, 2017, Travelers Webinar)

CONTRIBUTOR

The California Chapter of State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims
(2012-2017 Supplements, Aspen Publishers)

The Nevada Chapter of State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims
(2007-2017 Supplements, Aspen Publishers)

The XL Insurance Contract Guide for Design Professionals - A Risk Management Handbook for Architects and Engineers
(2007, X.L. America, Inc.)

PRESENTER

The Legal Side of Design - Mock Trial
(September, 2015, American Institute of Architects,
Las Vegas Chapter)

Construction Contracts
(June, 2015, Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting)

Building Better Construction Contracts
(June, 2014, Practicing Law Institute)

Client Expectations of Perfection
(Webinar for ACEC National, June 2012; ACEC National,
April 2013)

Standard of Care for Design Professionals
(July, 2011, Nevada Society of Professional Engineers)

Managing Risk with the Right Contractual Language: Cautions and Recent Court Decisions
(February, 2011, ACEC)

Impact of Legal Decisions Regarding Duty to Defend
(2010, Nevada Society of Professional Engineers Regional Conference)

Being Prepared – Legal Concerns & Contracts
(2009, AIA Nevada Design Conference)

Amending NRS 338.155 Regarding the Duty of Design Professionals to Defend Public Agencies on Public Works Projects in Nevada
(May, 2009, Testified before Senate; AB 483 Passed, amending NRS 338.155 effective July 1, 2009; Presented to American Council of Engineering Companies, May 25, 2009)

What To Do Right When a Project Goes Wrong – A Lawyer's Role on Behalf of a Design Professional During Construction of a Problematic Project
(2008, X.L. America, Inc., West Region Conference)

Negotiating High Risk Contracts
(2006, AIA, Half Moon Seminars)

Digital Technology: Risks and Rewards of Innovation
(2006, DPRCG Loss Prevention Convocation)

Contract Negotiations
(2006, California Geotechnical Engineers Association Annual Conference)

AUTHOR

Legislative Update for Design Professionals
(November/December, 2007, Builder Architect Magazine, Southern Nevada Edition)

Risk Management For The Design Professional
(May/June, 2007, Builder Architect Magazine, Southern Nevada Edition)

Understanding and Developing a Risk Management Policy for Condominium Projects
(July, 2006, AIA California Counsel, 2006; a/e ProNet Practice Notes, Volume 16, Number 1);

CONTACT INFO

California Office (949) 837-8200 x 310
Nevada Office (702) 314-1905

cdrage@weildrage.com