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David M. Blanchard

Employment and labor Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   7 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2004
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    We have extensive experience protecting employee rights, handling wage and hour violations, enforcing the rights of employees under FMLA, negotiating severance agreements and protecting the interests of people who have been wrongfully discharged.

    19 years, 100 cases

  2. Wrongful termination

  3. Civil rights
    Our attorneys not only bring a wealth of experience, but also a thorough understanding of state and federal civil rights laws, including the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and Title VII.

    19 years, 100 cases

  4. Discrimination
    I fight for victims of job discrimination throughout Michigan. Both state and federal law prohibit discrimination (and retaliation for reporting discrimination) based on race, sex, age, disability, and a range of other "protected classes". At-will employment is no excuse for discrimination or retaliation and Michigan's Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act and Federal Title VII make discrimination illegal in the workplace.

    19 years, 100 cases

  5. Business
    Skilled counsel representing individuals and business in intellectual property disputes, trade secrets, non-compete enforcement, anti-trust and unfair competition issues.

    19 years, 100 cases

  6. Employee benefits

  7. Expungement

Attorney David Blanchard has built a career on helping people stay at work despite illegal practices or get back to work after facing illegal wrongful termination, recovering millions for wage theft violations, and fighting workplace retaliation and wrongful termination. He has dedicated his professional career to legal representation for workers. Confronting illegal workplace practices and wrongful termination. With a focus on public impact litigation and class actions aimed at reforming workplaces and entire industries. Blanchard represents executives and health care professionals in professional separation negotiations, whistleblowers seeking to shine a light on workplace criminality and other government fraud, and all workers denied legal rights to overtime pay and minimum wages.

David Blanchard Representative Verdicts and Settlements
• $21 Million Recovered in Settlement for Michigan unemployed wrongly accused of unemployment fraud.
• $84.5 Million Recovered in Medicare fraud scheme violating the False Claims Act
• $300,000 Recovered for individual doctor/anesthesiologist wrongful discharge and breach of medical professional services contract
• $4.9 Million Recovered in Court Approved FLSA Settlement for Healthcare IT consultants on “Go-live” projects throughout the United States.
• $6.1 Million Recovered for overtime pay FLSA Litigation for Healthcare IT consultants on “Go-live” projects throughout the United States.
• $300,000 Recovered for individual victim in police brutality/excessive force case against Michigan’s Allegan County Sheriff Department.
• $650,000 Recovered for over 400 drivers in settlement for Hungry Howie’s franchise pizza delivery drivers.

David Blanchard specializes in the areas of employment rights advice, litigation, and business disputes. Blanchard handles all employment related matters advising employees, employers, and non-profits on safe and compliant workplace policies: from harassment, discrimination or retaliation lawsuits to medical leave, non-compete lawsuits and severance negotiations. He has represented workers and small businesses in state and federal court litigation, including the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

David Blanchard Representative Cases and Opinions
Fair Labor Standards/Misclassification:
• Plaintiffs win summary judgment ruling allowing trial on overtime claims for insurance review nurses who sued for overtime pay
• Workers win summary judgment for “independent contractor” cable installers finding them to be employees entitled to overtime pay
• Conditional certification granted providing notice of opt-in rights for a class of healthcare technology “independent contractors” providing “at-the elbow” ATE support for healthcare technology upgrades.

Overtime Pay:
• Cable installers win summary judgment on misclassification case; cable installers are “employees” under FLSA, entitled to overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act.
• Insurance Appeals Analysts Claims go to trial after summary judgment win

Minimum Wages:
• Hungry Howie’s Franchises: Class certified for pizza Delivery drivers seeking compensation for minimum wage violations after being under-reimbursed for car maintenance expenses
• Domino’s Pizza franchises: FLSA Collective Action approved for pizza delivery drivers

Whistleblower Protection:
• Medical Doctor may state retaliation claim after being fired for raising Stark Act violations.
• Rehab Nurse wins summary judgment for retaliation claim after opposing illegal practices at nursing facility

Due Process Rights:
• Zynda - State of Michigan not immune from constitutional claims related to unemployment robo-fraud violations
• Frazier – UAW entitled to enforce unemployment right for victims of early collections. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

David Blanchard has served as president of the Michigan Employment Lawyers Association and of the Washtenaw Association for Justice. He currently serves on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice. He has presented as faculty to the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Section and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

David Blanchard received his B.A. in political science in 1996 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2003. Before law, Blanchard worked as a broadcast journalist, covering local politics and environmental issues in Michigan. Blanchard grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated Community High School in 1992, and has been practicing law in Ann Arbor since 2004.
From the beginning, David Blanchard’s employment law advocacy has focused on representing medical professionals, whistleblowers, negotiating professional compensation agreements, representing all workers cheated out of overtime pay or sales commissions, and defending employees in non-compete/trade secret disputes.

David Blanchard Advocacy
Legislative Testimony regarding curbing non-compete litigation abuses
Legislative Testimony of Robo-Fraud Abuses in the Michigan Unemployment Benefits System

David Blanchard Pending Cases
Domino’s Pizza Delivery Drivers claiming under-reimbursed for delivery driving expenses
Belle Tire Service Technicians denied overtime pay
Coliseum: Exotic Dancers unpaid and cheated out of a minimum wage and overtime pay.
Maxi-Auto/SCI: Delivery Driver Claims denied overtime pay
Hartman & Tyner: worker denied COVID-19 FFCRA leave rights and terminated in retaliation
Prudential Security: security guards denied overtime pay for hours over 40 in a week



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Blanchard & Walker PLLC
221 North Main Street.
Suite. 300
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104


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Posted by Lisa | July 11, 2015
Excellent, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring
I was referred to David Blanchard by word of mouth from other attorneys who respected his expertise in employment and healthcare-related matters. The situation was very stressful as I was new to the area and was nervous about the potential effects of litigation on the rest of my career. Throughout the process, David took time to answer all of my questions and found practical ways address my particular concerns. He was knowledgeable about the nuances of the law as it related to my case and is generally a very caring and approachable person. It was reassuring to know that he was representing (and fighting!) for me. I would strongly recommend David and his team to anyone needing employment representation, and particularly if it involves the health care setting. In the end, I was pleased with the outcome of my case. Having David to represent me made the steps along the way much more understandable and much less stressful.
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Posted by Taimi | September 10, 2013
Best choice for an Ann Arbor area lawyer
I am a former client of Mr. David Blanchard, an attorney based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have known him since he took my employment-related discrimination case in 2010, and it is with pleasure that I recommend him for his professional acumen, skills and qualities. Since that time, I have found David to be a hard-working, fair, straightforward and knowledgeable attorney, with a wide range of outstanding legal skills. It was a privilege to have had his service for almost three years of litigation. David has acquired years of experience in a variety of legal areas, including appellate litigation, and clearly is committed to his profession of helping people and his greater community. He is noted for his ability to work well with clients, fellow lawyers, witnesses, judges, etc. He truly cares about the just outcome of his cases and the overall well-being of his clients. I would promptly call upon David again should I need legal assistance in the future. Should I know of someone who may require an attorney's expertise, particularly with complex matters which require a firm knowledge of the law and its optimal application, I would gladly and without reservation, recommend David first and foremost.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
What a team!
David Blanchard took our case when we were still in shock that our clinic closed. He was compassionate and he really listened. He tried everything possible for over a year to get us what was due us. He cared. David was incredibly knowledgeable. He kept in touch and answered our questions. He took a chance on us. I would highly recommend David for anyone who has an employment legal issue.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
very professional
I spoke with his firm they were very polite I just had a case that didn't catch their attention. By reading the reviews I only wish I could've got this attorney! If I had the documentation that I had got after speaking with this fireman managed to get it to him it is possible that they may have taken the case. This is on me and regardless of this I will compliment how they handled it on their end.
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Posted by Jim | August 22, 2013
Great advice on complex employment law issues
I met David a couple years ago when faced with a tight deadline to sign a new employment contract that would jeopardize a patent I own. I submitted a question on the homepage around 8pm and David responded within minutes. We met in person the next morning to craft a formal counter to my employer at the time. David’s quick response proved very valuable over the next few months as negotiation turned into mediation, and litigation. Throughout I felt David represented my best interests through to a final resolution of the matter. He was always available to help me through the process, regardless of the time commitment.
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Posted by Jared | September 12, 2011
Phenomenal Attorney
Choosing to meet with David Blanchard at Nacht Law was the best legal decision I have ever made. At first, I was nervous about investing in an attorney, yet I quickly discovered that Mr. Blanchard brought credibility to my case, and his diligence achieved results that far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Mr. Blanchard to those people who desire honest professionalism and wish to discover the best results possible for their situation.
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Posted by Steve | January 31, 2011
Great Results, Expert
David is an excellent attorney especially on any employment related matters, If you need help with employment contracts, intellectual proerty or other issues, I highly recommend David and his firm. He can guide you through difficult decisions with great advice and sensitivity.
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Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Blanchard & Walker PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney- shareholder
  • Nacht, Roumel, Salvatore, Blanchard &Walker PC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Nacht & Associates
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Federal Judicial Clerk
  • Hon. Stanley S. Brotman
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Summer Associate
  • United Nations
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Executive Articles Editor
  • Michigan Journal of International Law
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Michigan
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Caleb Poirier
  • Trespassing charges were dismissed


  • MIchigan Association for Justice
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Michigan Employment Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ann Arbor Housing and Human Services Advisory Board
  • Chair
  • 2007 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • Past President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Washtenaw County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice-President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • New Lawyers Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Labor and Employment Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • NELA Spring FLSA Program
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • 2015
  • National Employment Lawyer Association Seminar
  • Employment Law
  • N/A
  • Michigan Labor Seminar
  • Michigan Labor Law
  • N/A

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Ann Arbor Employment and labor Lawyer David M. Blanchard
David M. Blanchard
Employment and labor Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available