Attorney Todd Drayton

Recently joining the Brandon Broderick Law Office, Todd Drayton is a civil trial attorney with two decades of litigation experience that crosses multiple practice areas. Mr. Drayton has and continues to represent victims injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents, slip or trip-related falls, product defects, medical malpractice and discrimination matters under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination and Contentious Employee Protection Act.

Chief among his distinguished accomplishments, Mr. Drayton obtained a $2.25 million-dollar verdict for a single mother, who slipped and fell on black ice in the parking lot of her employer. She tore the medial meniscus in her left knee, which required arthroscopic surgery to repair, and suffered bulging discs in her lumbar spine. Of significance, the insurance carrier for the owner of the premises offered Mr. Drayton just over $1,300 to settle the case, contending that the dearth of medical care suggested his client’s injuries, if any, were superficial.

Other notable verdicts and settlements include: a $750,000 settlement on behalf of a union carpenter who suffered disabling knee, neck and back injuries after falling on ice and snow at Bristol Meyers Squibb; a $350,000 settlement on behalf of the estate of a widow and mother of five who died within days of being prescribed a strong anticoagulant while hospitalized in Somerset County; a judgment in excess of $241,000 under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act against a home improvement contractor for negligent repairs and for abandoning a substantial residential renovation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; a settlement in the amount of $175,000 for a female plaintiff alleging medical negligence in connection with a failed bunion surgery; and a $125,000 settlement on behalf of a motorist in an uninsured motorist action brought directly against Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to trial, Liberty Mutual offered Mr. Drayton’s client only $1,000 to resolve the matter. However, after only the first week of trial, an adjuster for the insurance carrier appeared at trial to personally offer $125,000 to settle the case.

Mr. Drayton has been particularly successful in automobile accident cases requiring the plaintiff to overcome New Jersey’s extremely strong verbal threshold defense. Far more impressive than never losing a verbal threshold case is the fact that all of Mr. Drayton’s verbal threshold trials have ended in unanimous verdicts for his clients, including recent recoveries of $250,000 and $168,000 where the only documented injuries to his clients were bulging discs, muscle spasms and range of motion deficits. In both cases, the defendants unsuccessfully contended that there was no objective, medical proof of any injury which a jury could consider to be “permanent.”

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Drayton has also appeared and argued matters before New Jersey’s Appellate Division, including the high-profile matter of Ruben Betancourt v. Trinitas Hospital. The Betancourt matter involved the highly controversial end-of-life issue of whether or not Trinitas Hospital could unilaterally terminate life-support to Reuben Betancourt – over the objection of his family – based upon the hospital’s internal opinion that continued treatment would be “medically futile.”

After successfully enjoining the hospital from taking any such drastic action, Trinitas appealed. However, the Appellate Division rendered a published opinion which agreed with Mr. Drayton and several amicus curiae who appeared on behalf of the Betancourt family. Declaring moot all issues raised by the hospital, the Appellate Division dismissed the appeal, which let stand the lower court’s ruling that prohibited Trinitas Hospital from unilaterally terminating Mr. Betancourt’s life-sustaining medical care. According to elder law and estate attorney, Donald Vanarelli, Esq., Betancourt was one of the most requested judicial opinions in 2009. (See

A true advocate for the rights of his clients, Mr. Drayton was also responsible for pioneering the prosecution a high-profile case in Union County, which cast light upon the vicious hate crime notoriously known in New Jersey as “poppy hunting.” In that case, a Hispanic father of eight was robbed and savagely beaten to death by five men who targeted him solely because of his race and undocumented status in this country. The case marked the first time the Union County Prosecutor had ever prosecuted anyone under New Jersey’s bias crime statute. (See e.g.,

Refusing to sue the five assailants, alone, Mr. Drayton sought remuneration from the parent and grandparents of an unemancipated minor who took part in the conspiracy and murder. Mr. Drayton took the position that the parent and grandparents were so reckless and willfully indifferent in their supervision and control of the minor that they were no longer entitled to immunity under the laws of New Jersey. Thereafter, Mr. Drayton successfully defeated a motion to dismiss, which was argued before the Honorable Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C. (Union County) in August 2013. Judge Cassidy’s ruling is celebrated as a significant victory for plaintiffs, who continue to hold out hope that parents and legal guardians alike may one day be held responsible for the egregious misconduct of minors under their supervision.

In another prominent legal matter, Mr. Drayton was interviewed on camera by James Dolan of ABC’s Eyewitness News. This case involved the suicide of Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, whose death garnered national headlines when the freshman jumped from the George Washington Bridge to his death after a sexual encounter with him and another man was secretly broadcast over the internet. At the time of Mr. Drayton’s interview, ABC News was investigating whether or not “hate crime” charges could be brought against the individuals accused of secretly making the broadcast.

Prior to joining the Brandon Broderick law firm, Mr. Drayton spent 10 years with a leading East Brunswick law firm representing personal injury victims, and before that, 10 years with a nationally reputed New York law firm, where Mr. Drayton concentrated his practice on product liability matters and class actions.

Mr. Drayton received his Juris Doctor degree from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also received many distinctions, including the highest honors for legal writing and research. Prior to law school, Mr. Drayton graduated from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and English, and was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society. There, too, Mr. Drayton distinguished himself as an undergraduate, receiving several academic honors, most notably among them: “Collegiate Scholastic All-American Scholar” and “Distinguished African-American Student.”

Mr. Drayton is a member of the State Bar Associations of both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is admitted to practice law before all courts in New Jersey and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.