Dathan Young handles a variety of civil disputes, in and out of court, primarily involving bankruptcy, family law, and consumer protection.
Law Practice Experience
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
Professional and Civic Involvement
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: 2015-present)
FairField Center (officer and director: 2008–2014) (trained as mediator 2012)
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.