Before joining Hoover Penrod, Dathan represented individuals of modest means—focusing on the rights of tenants, debtors, and consumers—for over a decade at Blue Ridge Legal Services. He was the supervising attorney at the Harrisonburg office from 2015-2019. During his tenure at BRLS, he received a LASSY (statewide legal aid service award) and was nominated for the Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Legal Aid Award. Before BRLS, he clerked for the Honorable David F. Pugh of the 7th Judicial Circuit of Virginia in Newport News
Dathan’s litigation experience includes:
Consumer protection: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), deceptive business practices, lender fraud and abuse, auto fraud, debtor defense, credit reporting
Bankruptcy (primarily chapters 7 & 13)
Divorce and separation issues (including Collaborative Practice)
Fair housing, landlord-tenant, manufactured home parks, subsidized (“public”) housing
Civil litigation in Virginia’s state and federal courts
For fun Dathan plays piano and basic guitar, saxophone, and (hopefully one day) accordion. At times, he plays and coaches recreational soccer. To relax he composts, gardens, and saves seeds. He helps raise three children and assists two local BSA troops. As a church-goer, he plays pipe organ and teaches and was a missionary overseas for two years.