David M. Blanchard

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Blanchard & Walker PLLC
David M. Blanchard
Blanchard & Walker PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 2004

Education: The University of Michigan Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
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Blanchard & Walker PLLC

221 North Main Street
Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Visit website


Attorney David Blanchard has built a legal 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

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 Sample 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




Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee, Business Litigation, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Expungement, Felony, Labor Law, Non-Compete Agreements, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Trade Secret, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 30% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2004, Michigan

Professional Webpage: https://bwlawonline.com/attorneys/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented as Faculty, State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Section
  • Presented as Faculty, National Employment Lawyer Association
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Executive Board
  • Past President, Michigan Employment Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Washtenaw Association for Justice
Educational Background:
  • University of Michigan, B.A. in Political Science, 1996
Industry Groups:
  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Employee Rights
  • Employment Policies
  • Litigation
  • Non-Competes
  • Overtime Pay
  • Retaliation
  • Trade Secrets

Office location for David M. Blanchard

221 North Main Street
Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734-446-3005


5 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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