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Jeffrey Drobish

Lecturer, Legal Practice Program

Jeff, an instructor in the Legal Practice Department, teaches first-year legal writing courses that cover objective analysis, reasoning, and advocacy. These classes focus primarily on the technical craft of legal writing and persuasion. However, drawing on his years of experience in judicial, private, and prosecutorial practice, Jeff also imbues his lessons with real-world anecdotes and perspectives in order to prepare his students to become savvy professionals.

Following his graduation from Wash. U. Law, Jeff served as a law clerk on the Missouri Court of Appeals. Subsequently, Jeff entered private practice as a chapter 11 bankruptcy attorney in the District of Delaware (which is the busiest district in the country for chapter 11 business-filers, handling more than double the number of cases filed in the Manhattan and Los Angeles). In this role, Jeff represented business clients in numerous multi-million- and multi-billion-dollar litigations in cases such as the bankruptcies of Washington Mutual and The Chicago Tribune. Prior to returning to St. Louis, Jeff also served as a Deputy Attorney General in the securities unit of the Delaware Department of Justice, under then Attorney General Joseph R. (“Beau”) Biden, III. This work included first-chair representation of the Attorney General in trial and appellate courts.

While a law student, Jeff served as a Notes Editor on the Washington University Law Review and received distinctions for written and oral advocacy in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school, and after graduating with honors from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, Jeff worked as a pricing manager at CitiMortgage, Inc., in O’Fallon, Missouri. When not on campus, Jeff enjoys playing guitar (poorly), camping in the wilderness, shooting and editing D-SLR photographs, and winning Nerf-dart wars with his children.

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  • Education

    • Washington University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (May 2008)
    • Smeal College of Business & Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University (University Park, PA), B.S. in Business Management, with honors (May 2003)

  • Courses

    • Legal Practice I: Objective Analysis and Reasoning
    • Legal Practice II: Advocacy

  • Publications