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David H Black JR

Employment and labor Attorney at Mountlake Terrace, WA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Hardman Black, PC

Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 24 years
    Oregon - OR 24 years
    Michigan - MI 29 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1999
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1994
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employment Litigation (Plaintiff & Defendant): sexual harassment, disability discrimination, whistleblowing/retaliation, race discrimination

    29 years

  2. Business
    Business formation/incorporation, governance (stock ledger maintenance, articles, minutes/resolutions), M&A (LOIs, Due Diligence, Asset/Stock/Share/Interest Purchase, JVs), Finance Agreements (Notes, UCC, Security Agreements, etc.), Leases, NDAs

    29 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Severance Agreements, Noncompete Agreements, commercial leases, Independent Contractor (1099), Sales Agreements, Licenses, Releases, Confidentiality Agreements,

    29 years

  4. Sexual harassment

    29 years

  5. Wrongful termination

    29 years


At Hardman Black, PC, we understand that the cost and complexity of legal challenges can be intimidating and prohibitive.  That's why we deliver luxury class legal service at affordable and reasonable prices.   Economy without sacrificing quality.  Attorney David H. Black graduated from Georgetown University (SFS '91), the University of Michigan Law School ('94), and has small boutique firm, prestigious national law firm, appellate, and legislative experience.  For the last 28 years,  he has helped companies and individuals with their personal and business legal needs. Client success and satisfaction are the highest priorities.

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5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Brian | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Man of Action
If you are looking for someone with the experience and insight to handle any cuverball thrown I urge you to contact Dave. Mr. Black is well versed in all aspects of the law and seemed to never miss the smallest details. He was both direct and efficient. He took the time to hear my concerns and he relayed them accurately; in specifically relevant legal terminology. He resolved the matter expediently and satisfactorily. In my experience all lawyers are not created equal and Dave Black is a cut above the rest. I would recommend Dave Black when seeking employment law.
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Posted by Diane | February 23, 2015
Great Business Partner
David is an expert on Employment Law. He understands the business challenges of managing employment risk in our organizations. David carries this knowledge into his practice adding untold value and a good dose of pragmatism; you will always get the best solutions and advice in a framework that fits your needs. Working with David yields the bonus of reliably great advice, stellar service and an attorney who understands the challenges of balance risk and business needs.
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Posted by Frank | February 20, 2015
Review of David H. Black Jr.
David has represented our company on several occasions. His provided excellent counsel and was a forthright advocate. I highly recommend David.
Posted by Bryan | February 19, 2015
President CHR Creative
David provided us exceptional legal advice and litigation services. He has assisted us multiple times and we have always received the best services.
Posted by Mike | February 16, 2015
David H Black Jr
I was new to the Seattle area and was in need of some legal advice regarding an employment contract. By fortune, I had a buddy I had gone to MBA school with who also now lived in Seattle and who also was an attorney. Since my friend nor the firm where he worked had practice in employment law, my buddy had to ask around. He give me David's name as a contact. David was responsive to my questions, felt comfortable to discuss my needs and was upfront and fair with his fees. David got the job done with what appeared relative ease. When I later re-contacted David on another matter, he appreciated my contact but was without hesitation when informing me he did not have a practice in the area I needed assistance. David was 1) recommended by peers 2) acknowledged his areas of practice/limitation to practice 3) got the job done 4) was upfront and fair with his fees. Without hesitation, I can highly recommend David H Black Jr.
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Posted by Briannaa | February 16, 2015
A True Professional
David Black, JR helped me out on a case that settled out of court. He was attentive, responded back to me and treated me with the utmost kindness and respect. I would recommend him for any of your job related issues, as he is a resource of information regarding the laws and codes for any concerns you have.
Posted by David | February 15, 2015
Exceptional knowledge & service. Highly recommended.
Over the past decade (and more), I've had the opportunity to work with a number of attorneys for a variety of reasons. While all of them have been good at their respective area of law, one person stands out in my mind as being "my attorney", and that person is David Black. Smart, savvy, and skilled - David Black is to employment law what a ninja is to martial arts. Whether you're looking for legal advice for your business, or you're in the midst of an all-out war, David Black is the attorney you want on your side. His level of communication is way better than most attorneys, and his honesty is to be commended. David Black went to war for me and we won. I consider him an exceptional attorney and life-long friend.
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Posted by soo | February 7, 2015
Great Listener
David's experience speaks for itself, so I was looking for an attorney who would make me feel comfortable and at ease. He listened well and gave me realistic expectations, but most importantly he kept me informed. I would recommend speaking with David before you make a decision on who you would like to represent you.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-600 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel & CHRO
  • DTG Enterprises, Inc
  • 2016 - Present
  • Shareholder - Trial Attorney
  • Solo Practitioner
  • 2012 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Jackson Lewis
  • 2007 - 2012
  • General Counsel and Principal Trial Attorney
  • HR Juris PC
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Lane Powell
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Bullen Moilanen Klaasen & Swan
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Miller Cohen Martens Ice & Geary
  • 1993 - 1996
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  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Georgetown University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Plaintiff A. T. v. [Employer]
  • Mr. Black helped client obtain a six figure settlement
  • Tinnin v. Auto Dealer [Employer]
  • Mr. Black obtained a defense arbitration award and judgment on all claims.
  • Cagle v. Zephyr Engineering
  • Mr. Black obtained a defense verdict in a 4-day jury trial


  • Mensa of Western Washington
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chair
  • 2010 - 2010
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • Gulentz Scholar
  • Georgetown University
  • 1992
  • Oregonian Scholar
  • Edmund I Newhouse Foundation
  • 1987


Speaking Engagements

  • The Art of Abitration: A symposium
  • Arbitration
  • 2012
  • HR Day on the Hill
  • Legislative Update
  • 2012
  • 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar
  • Independent Contractors vs Employees
  • 2012
  • Televised debate with Seattle Councilman Nick Licata on KCTS9 Connects
  • Seattle Paid Sick Leave
  • 2011
  • Hire America's Heroes Career Day - Qwest Stadium
  • HB 1432 - Veterans' Preference
  • 2011
  • 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar
  • Independent Contractors in Washington
  • 2011
  • Quarterly Meeting
  • Lucy Got Served: A Legal Update for 2010
  • 2010
  • NPR's "All Things Considered"
  • Workplace Drug Tests
  • 2010
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Social Media in the Workplace
  • 2010
  • Diversity Special Interest Group Meeting
  • Diversity Initiatives that Mitigate EEO Litigation Risk: Universal Accommodation Programs
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Medical Marijuana
  • Weed at Work
  • 2010
  • HR Audits Seminar
  • Performance Management and Documentation in a Litigious Environment
  • 2009
  • Performance Evaluations in Washington
  • Mission Impossible: Disciplining Employees in Sensitive Situations
  • 2008
  • NHRMA Annual Conference
  • From the Courtroom to the Boardroom: 2008 (HR Ninja Certification)
  • 2008
  • Payroll Fundamentals
  • Payroll, FLSA and related litigation
  • 2007
  • SWHRMA Annual Conference
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (8)
Endorse David
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Discrimination Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an exceptionally smart and aggressive attorney. He is a courageous advocate for his clients. Simply a brilliant lawyer."
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Mountlake Terrace Employment and labor Lawyer David H Black JR
David H Black JR
Employment and labor Attorney
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available