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John D. Black Senior Attorney

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Ontario, Canada


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

John Black focuses his practice on product liability, catastrophic injury/wrongful death, and commercial litigation. Recognized as one of the top four Rising Stars in automotive litigation nationwide by Legal 500 US 2021, 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. He 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.

  • Named a Rising Star by The Legal 500 United States for Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation, 2021