John D. Black


John Black focuses his practice on product liability, catastrophic injury/wrongful death, and commercial litigation. Recognized as one of the top nine Next Generation Partners in automotive litigation nationwide by Legal 500 US 2023, he defends Fortune 500 manufacturers and other companies in high-exposure automotive crashworthiness, premises liability, personal injury, and MDL/class action litigation throughout the United States.

John has experience in all phases of litigation both in and out of the courtroom, including trial, and has drafted appellate briefs in both state and federal courts. He has also assisted clients with government investigations involving NHTSA, the CPSC, and Transport Canada.

In addition to his work across the U.S., John maintains an active practice in Canada and has appeared as counsel of record in six provinces. As a dual-citizen who has lived and practiced in both countries, John offers clients a unique perspective, particularly those with more limited litigation experience north or south of the border.

Prior to joining Dykema, John practiced at a Canadian-based international law firm. He earned his juris doctor at the University of Western Ontario, and his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan where he was a member of the varsity track and cross-country teams.

    • University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, J.D., Canada-United States Law Journal, Executive Editor
    • University of Michigan, B.A., James B. Angell Scholar, Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, Varsity Track and Cross Country
  • Bar Admissions

    • Michigan
    • New York
    • Ontario, Canada
    • Named to Best Lawyers' "Ones to Watch" list for Commercial Litigation, 2023

    • Named a Next Generation Partner (Top 9 Lawyers Nationwide) by The Legal 500 United States for Automotive Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action Law and Automotive Litigation, 2022-2023; named a Rising Star for Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation, 2021

    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2024

Latest News and Insights

Press Releases8.17.23

194 Dykema Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch”

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 194 of its attorneys, in multiple practice…

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Press Releases8.11.23

46 Dykema Attorneys Named to 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 25 of its attorneys from the firm’s…

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Product Liability: Trailer and Vocational Truck Manufacturers

John Black gave a presentation for the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association’s webinar,…

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