Robert Black Shareholder

Beaumont
  • t: 409-951-7722
  • RobertBlack@MehaffyWeber.com

Robert “Bob” Black is a leading Texas lawyer, renowned for his litigation abilities and as a mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Black joined MehaffyWeber in 1980 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Texas Tech University School of Law. He has tried more than 50 cases and has focused on mediation and arbitration in recent years. Mr. Black has an extraordinary ability to bring parties together for successful resolutions, which end up saving time and money for clients.

Litigants rely on Mr. Black for his unparalleled depth of knowledge and successful resolution of even the most complex issues. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals and was ranked by Chambers and Partners® in the 2016 inaugural rankings for Mediators Nationwide, an honor that was only bestowed upon 22 mediators nationwide. Mr. Black has been recognized by Best Lawyers® (2011-2019) and Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2003 – 2019) for his outstanding legal work.

He is well known in the legal community as the past president of the State Bar of Texas from 2011-2012. During his time as president, he started an initiative called Oyez Oyez Oh Yay! that served to educate students on U. S. Supreme Court decisions that control the shape of our country and illustrate the central importance of the Rule of Law. This initiative was awarded the 2012 Community Outreach and Education Award from the National Association of American Bar Executives and Lexis Nexis, a national honor not previously accorded to a State Bar of Texas initiative. In 2014, Mr. Black was chosen as a Texas Legal Legend by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, the youngest ever selected. He has also been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech School of Law (2011) and University of Texas at El Paso (2012).

EDUCATION
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D.
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, editor of the Texas Tech Law Review
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • State of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Texas
    • President (2011-2012)
    • Board of Directors (2004-2008)
    • Chair, Board of Directors 2006-2007
      • Chair, Policy Manual Subcommittee
      • Facilities and Equipment Subcommittee
      • Facilities and Equipment Subcommittee
      • Nominations and Elections Subcommittee
      • Executive Committee
    • Board of Disciplinary Appeals (2013-2019); Chair, Board of Disciplinary Appeals, 2018-2019
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Board of Trustees (2007-2010)
  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (2013-2019)
  • American Arbitration Association Roster of Appeals
  • Super Lawyers
    • Selected to Texas Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters (2003 – 2019)
    • Selected to the “Top 100 List – Houston Region” (2010, 2012, 2014-2017)
  • Best Lawyers®
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Arbitration (2011-2019)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Mediation (2011-2019)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Practice (2012-2019)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2011-2019)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2013-2019)
  • AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • NABE Lexis Nexis Award for Public Education and Community Outreach, Presidential Initiative for Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! (2012)
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Litigation Section, Texas Legal Legend (2014)
    • Certificate of Merit (2006, 2009)
  • Ranked by Chambers and Partners® for Mediators Nationwide (2016-2019)
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2011)
  • University of Texas at El Paso, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2012)

Appeals Panelist for Deepwater Horizon Multi-District Litigation
Appellate, Robert Black

Mr. Black has served as an Appeals Panelist for the Deepwater Horizon MDL since inception in 2012. He has handled over 1,200 appeals in this matter.

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