By Dan Block Changes in Colorado law effective August 10, 2022, based on a bill that passed the legislature and that has been signed by the Governor (the “Restrictive Employment Agreements Bill”), will significantly restrict the enforceability and legality of...
Daniel J. Block
Dan is a shareholder of Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C. with over 30 years of experience as an attorney. His practice emphasizes the following areas:
- Business transactions (including business entity formations; purchases and sales of businesses; and contract drafting, negotiation and review)
- Employment law and employee relations (such as preparation or revision of employee manuals; preparation of employment agreements and independent contractor agreements; and advising employers and employees on employment law and policies, employment terminations and covenants against competition)
- Franchising (including establishing new franchise systems; advising franchisors on U.S. and international franchising matters; and advising prospective and existing franchisees on franchises and related matters)
- Intellectual property (such as U.S. and international trademark registration; copyright registration; protection of intellectual property rights; and intellectual property licensing).
Dan also assists clients with commercial real estate transactions.
His experience prior to joining RWO includes over seven years as in-house counsel to a restaurant franchisor and employment as a state securities examiner and in several areas of business management of a retail store chain.
Dan was appointed to and currently is a member of the Colorado Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which has approximately 7,000 members in Colorado. Dan provides suggestions and other assistance to the Colorado Director of the NFIB concerning bills pending in the Colorado legislature and about other matters that are important to businesses.
Dan is a member of the Labor and Employment Council of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry). He provides comments to, and answers questions from, the Chief Executive Officer and other representatives of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce regarding employment and other business-related bills pending in the Colorado legislature. And on behalf of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce he has negotiated and drafted amendments to bills pending in the Colorado legislature; and he has testified at Colorado legislature committee hearings concerning pending legislation.
Independently or as a member of stakeholders’ groups, Dan has provided input to divisions of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, resulting in changes to the Colorado Administrative Rules.
Dan has been the speaker at continuing legal education programs on employment law and franchise law. He has written many articles on legal issues, in areas such as employment, franchising, and trademarks. Dan is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and Forum on Franchising and the Colorado Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section.
Bachelor of Science in Management, Arizona State University
Master of Business Administration, Idaho State University
Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Oregon