David Blake chairs our State Attorneys General Practice. He leads the firm’s efforts to provide our clients with practical insights and legal counsel in dealings with each of the nation’s attorneys general, which includes offering comprehensive representation with respect to all aspects of state attorneys general activities, as well as monitoring and anticipating trends and developments that may affect our clients.
David previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman. In that role, he served as the attorney general’s top advisor on all legal, management, press and policy matters and directly oversaw the consumer protection and criminal justice sections. As Chief Deputy, he led the office’s efforts on key issues, including cyber and privacy issues, open records requests and marijuana legalization. He managed major litigation matters related to the Second Amendment, the Consumer Protection Act, the Hospital Transfer Act and Supreme Court amicus briefings, as well as being integral to lawsuits challenging regulations in the environmental, energy, health and consumer arenas. During his tenure in the Attorney General’s Office, he was active in the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). David is an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, where he teaches a seminar on State Attorneys General and speaks regularly about daily issues that impact these unique regulators.
Prior to joining the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, David served in the US Department of Justice, including as Special Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia, Attorney Advisor for the Office of Intelligence, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. His work in the Department of Justice included representing the US government before the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, coordinating approval of FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence undercover operations and evaluating classified reporting and evidence related to Guantanamo Bay detainees, and litigating habeas corpus petitions filed by detainees. David serves as a National Fellow at the National Security Institute in Arlington, Virginia and was integral to the success of the Department of Justice’s Holocaust Claims Program.