Drayton Nabers, Jr. graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School and then clerked for Justice Hugo Black at the U. S. Supreme Court. He practiced law in Birmingham for 12 years and then became General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation. During his 22 years at Protective, he led the company to unparalleled growth, serving as President and then CEO. He also served on the boards of Alabama National BanCorporation and ProAssurance Corporation.
After retiring from Protective, Drayton served two years as Finance Director for Alabama, and then three years as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He has been active in the local community having served as Chairman of the Board of United Way of Central Alabama, Chairman of Leadership Birmingham, and Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Schools, an inner-city Christian school. He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.
Drayton and his wife, Fairfax, live in Birmingham and attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They have three children and four grandchildren.