Robert A. Black
ShareholderHouston / Beaumont
t: 409.835.5011, ext. 422
f: 409.835.5177, 409.839.0568
AV® PreeminentTM 5.0 out of 5
Bob Black has been with MehaffyWeber since his graduation in 1980, becoming a shareholder in 1985 and the managing shareholder in 1998. His practice is concentrated in mediation and arbitration— areas in which he is a sought after speaker. Bob completed his term as President of the State Bar of Texas (2011-2012).
Bob successfully defended a multinational corporation in a complex patent infringement case. He has tried numerous other cases including many personal injury suits. As a mediator, he has mediated more than 3,800 disputes and has arbitrated many more.
State Bar of Texas, 1980
United States District Court
Eastern District of Texas, 1980
Southern District of Texas, 1999
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 1985
United States Supreme Court
Bob graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso in 1977. He attended college on scholarships provided by the National Honor Society and by the debate program. In 1980, he received his Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law. He was an editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He has been named the Distinguished Alumnus of both the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University School of Law.
Memberships and Honors
Bob was the President of the State Bar of Texas (2011-2012). His presidential initiative, Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!, received the national NABE/Lexis Nexis Award for Community Outreach and Education 2012. He has recently been appointed to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals by the Supreme Court of Texas. He previously served as Chair of the State Bar Board of Directors (2006-2007). The Board honored Black in 2009 with a Certificate of Merit for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the legal profession and he received a Presidential Citation in 2006 for outstanding service. He is a former Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation (2007-2010) and served on its Executive Committee. He is a Trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (2013-2016). Bob is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the legislative committee for Texas Access to Justice Commission. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® since 2003 and was recently named “Best Lawyers' 2011 and 2012 for Beaumont Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year.” He has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer®” by Law & Politics in Texas Monthly magazine since 2004, a “Top 100 Lawyers in the Houston Region,” for 2010 and 2012 and on “Texas Super Lawyers List for Ten Consecutive Years” as of 2013. He is a member of Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and Mackrell International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators Bob has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a “Texas’ Top Rated Lawyer®” AV® Preeminent™ Rated in ADR for 2012-2013. He has also been named one of “Houston’s Top Lawyers 2013” by HTexas magazine.
Bob is currently an appeals panelist for the Deepwater Horizon MDL (2012 - present) and has handled more than 200 appeals in that matter