Black attended law school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated in 1973. In law school Black was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
Black was an associate attorney with the Memphis law firm of Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak & Blair from 1973 to 1979 and a partner from 1979 until 1993. In 1994 Black founded the firm which now is Black, McLaren, Jones, Ryland & Griffee, P.C. Black has been a member of the Memphis Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association from 1973 until present.
Black has had the highest rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell every year since 1990 and has been selected to Best Lawyers in America (Family Law) every year since 1999. Black was the first family lawyer practitioner in Memphis to be selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer.
Black is married to Lynda Wray Black, a graduate of Yale Law School and an assistant professor of law at the University of Memphis School of Law. They have five children and six grandchildren.