Blake is a member of the Brain Injury Task Force, a group of health care providers and other professionals who work with those who have suffered life-changing brain injuries.
He has volunteered many hours in the furtherance of the legal profession in Northern Michigan. He taught personal injury law at Northwestern Michigan College, and has served on numerous community boards. He has been recognized in local and national news media as a leader in the field of human rights, and received special recognition in 2003 from the Grand Traverse Area Legal Professionals.
In addition to his contributions to the legal practice, Blake has made significant efforts as a volunteer through several non-profit organizations, including “Paperworks”. He, and his family, are also regular volunteers with the “Safe Harbor” program, feeding the homeless, and are active in their church.
Blake is one of the few attorneys in the area that has handled multi-million dollar cases through trial. In 2006, he received a personal injury verdict in a product liability case captioned Long v Polaris – $3.4 million – which stands as the largest recorded personal injury verdict in the region. Since that time, he has multiple other million dollar results, including a $3 million settlement. Blake lives with his wife, two children and golden retriever in the Traverse City area, and remains active in the community.