Roy Black (attorney)

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Roy Black (born February 17, 1945 in New York City) is a civil and criminal defense trial attorney. He is best known for his gaining an acquittal, in 1991, of William Kennedy Smith on charges of rape and for his representation of conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. Other celebrities whom Black has represented include actor Kelsey Grammer, racer Helio Castroneves, Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis, artist Peter Max,[1] billionaire Jeffrey Epstein,[2] and Justin Bieber. Black is also informally referred to by his nickname, "The Professor." [3]

Early life and education[edit]

Black was born in New York City in 1945.[4] His parents divorced soon after his birth and his mother remarried in 1951 to a British automotive executive who moved the family to Connecticut and then to Jamaica.[4] Black earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Miami in 1967 and a Juris Doctor at the University of Miami School of Law. While attending UM, Black was a member of the Zeta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. Following his 1970 graduation, he received the highest possible score on the Florida Bar Exam.[4] After school, he worked as an assistant public defender.[4] In 1973, worked as an adjunct professor in criminal evidence at the University of Miami.[4]

Career[edit]

Currently a partner in Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, a Miami-based trial firm specializing in civil litigation and criminal defense, Black also serves as an adjunct instructor of criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law.[5] In addition to his legal work, Black provides legal commentary for various NBC news shows and played the "managing partner" of The Law Firm,[6] a short-lived reality-based TV show pitting lawyers against each other week-to-week in a legal version of The Apprentice.

Personal life[edit]

Black has been married three times. In 1984, he married his second wife, Naomi Morris Black, with whom he has a daughter,[7] Nora Black (psychotherapist, San Francisco). In 1994, Roy Black married Lisa Lea Haller, who was a juror in the William Kennedy Smith trial and was a castmate on The Real Housewives of Miami. They began dating several months after the trial.[8] They have a son, RJ,[9] who like his father, occasionally appears on the show (e.g., in episode 2.7, "Bras and Brawls, Part I", in which the three discuss one of Black's cases).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aventura Business Monthly website". 
  2. ^ Conchita Sarnoff & Lee Aitken (25 March 2011). "Behind Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Sweetheart Deal". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1992/03/dunne199203
  4. ^ a b c d e Miami Magazine: "Black's Magic" BY CHRISTOPHER BOYD Sping 1998
  5. ^ Christopher Boyd (Spring 1998). "Black's Magic". Miami Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Roy Black listing at IMDB". 
  7. ^ People Magazine: "Love and the Law - Four Years After the William Kennedy Smith Trial, Lawyer Roy Black and a Juror Are Husband and Wife" by Karen S. Schneider March 06, 1995
  8. ^ Karen S. Schneider (March 6, 1995). "Love and the Law". People. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Season 2 Bio: Lea Black". BravoTV.com. 

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