Drayton Nabers is a Shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in June 2004 by Governor Bob Riley.
Justice Nabers was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1962 and a law degree from Yale School of Law in 1965. After graduating from Yale, Justice Nabers served as a Law Clerk for U. S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. He joined the law firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas, and O'Neal in 1967 as an associate before becoming a partner in the firm in 1971.
In 1979, Justice Nabers left private practice to join Protective Life Corporation, rising to the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is acknowledged within the life insurance industry as one of its ablest and most respected CEOs. Protective Life, under his leadership, consistently ranked within the top 10% in profitability and growth. Drayton has served as a director of the American Council of Life Insurance and is the first person from Alabama to have served as its chairman. He retired from Protective Life in 2002 and was appointed Finance Director for the State of Alabama by Governor Riley. He served as Finance Director until his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Justice Nabers is a member of the Alabama Academy of Honor and has served as chairman of Leadership Birmingham, United Way of Central Alabama, Prison Fellowship, Re-Entry Ministries and the American Council of Life Insurers. He also served as Director of Energen Corporation, Alabama National BanCorporation and National Bank of Commerce. He is currently Chairman of Cornerstone Schools of Alabama (an intercity private school), ProAssurance Corporation and Infinity Property and Casualty Company.
Justice Nabers is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Beeson Divinity School, where he has most recently taught on “Obedience.”
Justice Nabers is married to the former Fairfax Virginia Smathers. The Nabers are blessed with three children, Drayton Nabers, III,(Deak); Mary James Nabers Doyle (Mary); and Fairfax Virginia Nabers Blount (Sissy). The Nabers are also the proud grandparents of two granddaughters and four grandsons.
He has recently authored a book, “The Case for Character” and is currently working on its sequel on “Obedience.”