State Bar of Texas, 1980
United States District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1980 and 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 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 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 and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. Bob has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Texas' Top Rated Lawyer®" AV® Preeminent Rated in ADR for 2013. He has also been named one of "Houston's Top Lawyers 2013-2014" by HTexas magazine.