Dathan J. Young

Attorney at Hoover Penrod
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Dathan Young handles a variety of civil disputes, in and out of court, including consumer protection, bankruptcy, family law, and landlord-tenant matters. He practices collaborative divorce and is a certified guardian ad litem.
Dathan J. Young

Education

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Clover Hill High School (1996, Salutatorian)
Brigham Young University (B.A. 2003, German; mathematics minor)
William & Mary School of Law (J.D. 2006)

Law Practice

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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; also representation in adversary proceedings)
  • 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

Alternate Dispute Resolution Experience

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Personal Associations

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Community and Civic

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Virginia State Bar
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Virginia Collaborative Professionals
Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley
National Association of Consumer Advocates (2015-2019)
Harrisonburg Cohousing, LLC (cofounder, past treasurer, secretary: 2015-present)
FairField Center (officer and director: 2008–2014) (trained as mediator 2012)

Teaching and Publications

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Personal Information

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For fun Dathan plays piano, kicks a soccer ball (competes with adults or coaches a team), composts, gardens, and saves seeds. One day, he may take up the accordion. He and his wife are raising three children while attempting to breathe life into a cohousing neighborhood in Harrisonburg. As a church-goer, he plays pipe organ and teaches.