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Daniel J. Blake

60 State Street
Twenty-Third Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Phone:  617.502.8238
Fax:  617.502.8268

Biography

Mr. Blake focuses his practice on employment and business litigation, as well as employment counseling and labor law.

In his litigation practice, Mr. Blake represents local and national clients before state and federal courts and agencies in all types of employment law claims including class actions, collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment, privacy and tort claims, non-compete and other contractual matters. Mr. Blake also represents clients in business and banking litigation matters and has defended financial institutions in Ponzi Scheme victim litigation and similar matters.

In his employment practice, Mr. Blake works with employers to provide strategic and tactical advice on all types of employment matters, including non-compete and trade secret issues, severance and employment agreements, government audits and investigations, reductions in force, employment policies, data protection and privacy matters and other compliance matters, as well as litigation avoidance strategies. In his labor law practice, Mr. Blake provides counsel and representation to employers in labor law matters including representation and compliance cases before the National Labor Relations Board, union relations, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, picketing, strikes and related issues.

Mr. Blake represents clients across a broad range of industries including healthcare, technology, food and beverage service and restaurants, retail, professional service firms, banks and credit unions.

Mr. Blake served on the Drafting Committees for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Sexual Harassment Guidelines and Disability Discrimination Guidelines.

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Legal Risks - The Contingent Workforce, May 2015
  • Recent Trends in Employment Law, LeClairRyan Accounting Professional Seminars, 2009 –2016
  • Litigating Wage and Hour Cases, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association Seminar, September 2012
  • Identity Theft: Data Security and Employment Claims, LeClairRyan Webinar, July 2009
  • Concerted Activity Under the National Labor Relations Act, Massachusetts Bar Association Health Law Conference, June 2009
  • The Massachusetts Data Security Law and Regulations, Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association, January 2009
  • In addition to frequent speaking engagements before various bar and business groups, Mr. Blake provides training for supervisors and executives on harassment, wrongful discharge, investigations, and other employment law topics

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Boston, Massachusetts, January 2008 – Present
  • Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Foley & Lardner, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jackson Lewis, Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association’s Labor and Employment Section (Former Co-Chair)
  • Former Member, Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Council - Leadership Team and Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Fair Labor Division Liaison Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section
  • Former Chair, Employment Law Section, Essex County Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Rated Preeminent (AV) in legal skill and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review©
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in Employment Law – Management, 2016 – 2019 
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine in the areas of Employment & Labor, and Business Litigation, 2013 – 2018  

Education

  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Boston College, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan