A native Austinite and Austin High grad (Go Maroons!), Lindsey Drake’s remarkable journey includes earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Business & Accounting from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. At St. Mary’s Law, she distinguished herself with prestigious recognition and appointments as a staff writer and senior associate editor, appointment as judicial intern for Judge Emilio Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Dean’s List and 1L Student of the Year, all while building a trusted network of friends and colleagues.
Lindsey’s remarkable professional and personal path included being a single mom as she began as a law student at St. Mary’s University Law School when her daughter was only four years old. Lindsey fervently believes St. Mary’s supportive environment for parents and nontraditional students, was instrumental in her success as well as her daughter’s and her well-being.
A true trailblazer and not afraid to go it alone, Lindsey returned to Austin in 2010 to start her own law practice. Not surprisingly, it grew rapidly even in the economic downturn of that period. Lindsey has developed a dynamic, highly skilled, and compassionate outreach providing legal services. From those clients and families who need basic estate planning with the most basic and modestly priced documents, to complex wills and trusts, Lindsey has those abilities plus unique skills in Medicaid related questions. Lindsey’s loyal following includes attorneys, financial planners, and professional social services advisors, who refer her numerous clients with legal needs in Medicaid Long-Term Care as well as special needs trusts and disability entitlement issues.
Lindsey is a giver. She organized the annual St. Mary’s Law School area Boo Bash, a Halloween festival for area foster children and provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to many in need. Lindsey was twice nominated for the Chief Justice Alma Lopez “Women in Law” Award and received the Law Alumni/Campus Ministries Law Service Award from Sister Grace Walle, Law Chaplain at St. Mary’s. She also served as a student attorney for the Center for Legal and Social Justice in the civil and tax clinics.
Lindsey is a two-time nominee for the Austin Under 40 Award, an Austin Bar Association Fellow, and has been recognized as a top volunteer attorney by Volunteer Legal Services, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. She is also a graduate of the Austin Bar Leadership Academy and the Austin Bar Trial Academy. Lindsey serves on the board for the Solo/Small Firm section of the Austin Bar Association and the board for Un|Hushed, a newly forming nonprofit that provides curriculum for teens learning about human growth and development.
Lindsey enjoys speaking to elementary and middle school children on career days. She has been invited to speak at Club Gen: a Girls Empowerment Network program, the 2017 Hornsby Elementary Career Day, and other summer camps. She also organized the annual Easter Egg Hunt for Abiding Love Lutheran Church for four years. She now serves as Worship Life Board Chair for her church, overseeing the smooth operation of Sunday worship and the management of staff, and previously served as the Middle School Youth Sponsor.
Officer and senior leader of Abiding Love, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Southwestern Texas Synod disciplinary committee and a much sought-after speaker for community groups including the South Austin American Chapter of AARP, formerly Association of Retired Persons Inc., and Abiding Love Women’s Retreat, Lindsey’s reputation for compassionate outreach to many different types of persons in need is well known and respected. With this record of service and generosity, not surprisingly, in 2017, Lindsey launched Linrya Justice Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation to serve low to middle-income families by providing legal services on a sliding scale. This long-time dream was a year in the making.
Where there is little evidence Lindsey sleeps, she does devote considerable time to her family. Lindsey and her daughter are avid volleyball fans, glee fully hooting and hollering for University of Texas Longhorn volleyball team.
Last but not least, Lindsey enjoys dancing, singing for her church, cheering enthusiastically at her daughter at sporting events, much to her teen’s chagrin.
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