Dathan J. Young

Serving Harrisonburg, Staunton, Winchester and Nearby Areas of Virginia

Dathan J. Young - Attorney at Hoover Penrod, PLLC

Dathan Young handles a variety of civil disputes, in and out of court, primarily involving bankruptcy, family law, and consumer protection.


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 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.