Drake T. Land is a litigator practicing in multiple substantive areas. Drake represents employers in defense of employment-related and worker’s compensation claims brought before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Drake also represents a variety of healthcare providers in the defense of medical malpractice claims and medical licensing complaints, and counsels businesses with litigation matters.
Prior to joining Riley Bennett Egloff, Drake served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana, where he prosecuted medical licensing actions before the State Board of Pharmacy, Medical Licensing Board, and State Board of Nursing. While serving as a Deputy Attorney General, he reviewed and prosecuted over one hundred medical licensing cases in all stages of administrative review. Additionally, Drake pursued civil recovery of Medicaid overpayments under the Indiana False Claims Act.
- 24 Foundation, Board of Managers (2018)
- 24 Foundation is back for a eighth year in Indiana to host 24 Indianapolis! Our event will be held at Butler University and the 2.7-mile loop runs through Butler Tarkington Neighborhood. The event hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers, who will raise funds for the IU Health Simon Cancer Center and Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis.
Publications & Presentations
Professional Licensing Litigation: How to Use Pre-Hearing Settlement Conferences to Your Advantage, RBE Blog (2019)
- When the State of Indiana files an Administrative Complaint against the holder of a professional license, the Board governing the licensee will set the matter for a hearing. In many cases, the Board will also set the matter for a Pre-Hearing Settlement Conference (“PHSC”). A PHSC is an opportunity for the parties to meet and present their basic allegations and defenses. At the conclusion of the PHSC, the State, through a Deputy Attorney General (“DAG”), will recommend discipline. If the parties can agree on a settlement, they will adjourn and draft a settlement agreement to be presented to the Full Board for approval. If they cannot agree to settlement terms, the parties will continue toward the hearing. READ ARTICLE
The Worker’s Compensation Act Changes Again On January 1, 2019, RBE Blog (2018)
- Additional changes to the Worker’s Compensation Act of Indiana (the “Act”) are coming on January 1, 2019. Two new sections have been added to the Act which affect the approval of “non-preferred” drugs. Ind. Code §22-3-3-4.7/22-3-7-17.6 state that, beginning January 1, 2019, reimbursement is not permitted for a claim of payment for a drug that is an “N” (non-preferred) drug by the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Worker’s Compensation Drug Formulary Appendix A published by MCG Health (the “Formulary”), which is prescribed for an employee who has filed a notice of injury. READ ARTICLE
The Consumer Complaint Investigative Process at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, RBE Blog (September 2018)
- When someone’s license is the subject of a Consumer Complaint filed with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General (“OAG”), his/her legal counsel will have the opportunity to file a written Response. They may then be left waiting for several months before the OAG issues its final decision. This article explains the OAG internal processes and continuing investigation which cause that delay. READ ARTICLE
THE WORKER’S COMPENSATION ACT CHANGES JULY 1, RBE Blog (June 2018)
- Changes to the Worker’s Compensation Act of Indiana (the “Act”) are coming on July 1, 2018. Often, this is the date that changes in the values of benefits take place, but there are no increases in the values this year. The changes this year involve the requirements for timely payments of benefits and settlements. Indiana Senate Bill 290, which materially modifies several sections of the Act, was signed by Governor Holcomb on March 25, 2018 and became Indiana Public Law 204. The revised law establishes new timelines for payments of settlements aneet those deadlines. READ ARTICLE
Summary Medical License Suspensions: High Stakes - Low Due Process Requirements, RBE Blog (April 2018)
- In extreme circumstances, the boards and committees regulating licensed medical and healthcare professionals may suspend a practitioner’s license before an administrative complaint is filed or a hearing on an administrative complaint is held.This form of suspension is known as summary suspension. In order for a board to summarily suspend a license, the board must find that the practitioner “represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if the practitioner is allowed to continue to practice." READ ARTICLE
You Received a Consumer Complaint from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Now What?, RBE Blog (January 2018)
- The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (“IPLA”) regulates 40 licensed professions in the State of Indiana, everything from auctioneers to funeral directors. Within that wide group are twenty (20) boards and committees regulating a variety of licensed medical and healthcare professionals. All licensed professionals in Indiana are subject to the rules of the board or committee that issued their license. IPLA is charged with disciplining licensed professionals who are found to have violated the rules, statutes, and/or standards of practice governing their specific profession. READ ARTICLE
Responding to Inadvertent Disclosures of Employee and Consumer Personal Information, RBE Blog (May 2017)
- Business owners increasingly store employee and consumer personal data in a digital format. This development holds numerous advantages for owners, including offsite storage of otherwise voluminous documents and searchable databases of information. However, this development has also led to an increase in inadvertent disclosures of personal information and data breaches as those seeking to wrongfully obtain the information become more sophisticated. READ ARTICLE
Myths & Realities of GMO Labeling Initiatives, Indiana Law Review (February 2015)
- Fllowing the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (“GMOs”) into the food market in 1994, consumer groups and multiple legislative bodies have fought to restrict their sale and label GMOs differently than traditionally developed foods. This push to restrict the sale, or label, of GMOs is born of the fear that GMOs will have unforeseen consequences to human health and/or the environment. READ ARTICLE
Beyond the Office
Drake and his wife, Amanda, are parents to three children. On weekends, the group can frequently be found enjoying the Zoo or the Children’s Museum.
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Indiana Bar Association
- Defense Trial Counsel on Indiana
- Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2015)
- Ball State University, Secondary Education (2007)
- Indiana (2015)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (2015)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (2015)