David Blackledge

Assisting startups and emerging businesses as an affordable, part-time in-house counsel.

Practice Areas
  • Business Transactions
  • Startup and Emerging Businesses
  • Government and Public Procurement

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (J.D., 2012)
  • The George Washington University (M.B.A. Finance/International Business, 1983)
  • The Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1979)

Professional Memberships and Activities
  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section – Member
  • State Bar of Arizona: Business Section – Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association – Member


If you are a start-up or emerging business, paying for regular in-house counsel is not cost effective. Unfortunately, you cannot function smoothly without addressing the need of a legal counsellor.
Outsourcing your legal counsel to different firms creates knowledge and risk gaps and complicates your decision-making in terms of financial affordability and business strategy.
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Involved strategically and tactically in capital formation and fundraising from venture capitalists, private equity groups and individual angel investors.
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With decades of experience in government contract and sales and operations management for start-ups and later stage companies, including government products and services contractors acting as a prime or subcontractor.
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Professional Experience

David focuses his practice on startup and emerging businesses, particularly in various technology markets.  This includes counselling business owners from entity formation through raising capital and company growth, and on business associations with other partnerships, distributors, licensees, and general business relationships.  David spent the first thirty years of his professional career in sales and operations management of high technology startups giving him a unique perspective on advising business owners, investors, and others in the business world.  David is an active investor in multiple angel groups and an Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics at Grand Canyon University, as well as a mentor and judge in many Arizona-based business competitions.


Blackledge Law, PLLC founder David Blackledge focuses on two practice areas: Assisting startups and emerging businesses as an affordable, part-time in-house counsel, and specific expertise and practical knowledge of government contracting, procurement, and post-award government program management and compliance. He is a 30 year veteran of the technology world and worked in key management areas including sales and operation of early stage businesses, many venture-backed. David brings a unique skill set to understanding his client issues and business concerns.