William D. Black

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Phoenix, Arizona
888-349-3599 (Toll-Free)

Bill Black - Experienced Phoenix Attorney

Bill Black has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. In that time, he has earned the respect and admiration of his peers, based upon the success which he has achieved in his professional and personal life. He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has enjoyed living and working in Phoenix since 1979. He did his undergraduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and then attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin. He is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Arizona, Minnesota and Wisconsin and in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

During the last several years, Mr. Black has been a member of the State Bars of Arizona, Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association (Past President and Board of Directors Member), the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association (Past Board of Directors Member), American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been a member of the Torts and Insurance Practice, Business Law and Entertainment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and served as the Chair of the Business Law Section of the Arizona State Bar in 2002. He has served on the Executive Council of the State Bar Business Law Section from 2000 to the present and from 2004 through 2006 was a contributing editor to the Arizona Business Lawyer. He currently is the executive director of the Arizona Entrepreneur Advisor. He has also appeared as a legal expert several times on Phoenix local TV news telecasts.

Personal Injury Lawyer Phoenix, AZ -- Corporate Control Actions Attorney

In his last several years of practice, Mr. Black has successfully represented thousands of clients in a variety of personal injury , medical malpractice , business , employment law and probate claims . These claims have ranged from individual negligence or breach of contract actions to more complex legal matters, often involving multi-party litigation. He has successfully represented clients in Superior Court actions in counties throughout the State of Arizona. Since he started practicing law in Arizona, he has recovered many millions of dollars for his clients who were victims of automobile accidents, medical malpractice or other types of negligence. In his personal injury practice, he works to maximize clients' recoveries in the following types of cases:

Motor Vehicle Accident - Injury Claims
Medical Malpractice - Injury Claims
Birth Injury Claims
Elder Abuse Claims
Nursing Home Malpractice
Slip & Fall Accident - Injury Claims
Underinsured Motorist Claims
Uninsured Motorist Claims
Wrongful Death Claims
Dog Bite - Injury Claims
Construction Accident - Injury Claims

His practice also includes representing large and small business entities and individuals in commercial disputes, fraud and RICO claims, corporate control actions and First Amendment disputes. He is a former prosecutor and public defender and has had considerable experience in all types of litigation matters. He is also a skilled negotiator and oftentimes is asked by other attorneys to serve as an arbitrator or mediator. He also frequently appears on behalf of clients before state and local agencies, departments, boards and commissions.

Phoenix Business Law Attorney -- Arizona Commercial Litigation Lawyer

Mr. Black also devotes a certain amount of his practice to transactional law. This involves counseling clients on the formation of new business entities, the buying and selling of businesses, intellectual property issues, liability protection for small businesses, business succession planning, estate planning and many other aspects of business. The litigation work which Mr. Black does gives him strong insight into the best ways to help businesses achieve success and solve business problems. He can also give businesses sound advice concerning how to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. Mr. Black also assists many of his clients with the resolution of disputes through mediation or arbitration proceedings. He is proud of the quality of services which he delivers and enjoys considerable repeat business and new client referrals from his existing clients.

Bill Black serves clients throughout the Phoenix metro including the communities of; Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Avondale, Goodyear, Anthem, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Litchfield Park and often becomes involved in cases in Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Yuma.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Dissolution
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Ownership Succession
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions -- Plaintiff
  • Collections
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Accident Law
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyrights
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Law - Employee
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Foreclosure & Alternatives
  • Foreclosure Law
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Franchising
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Hospital Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Internet -- Cyberspace
  • Labor Law
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Living Wills
  • Mediation Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Nursing Home
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Powers of Attorney and Appointment
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Licensing
  • Professional Licensing Law
  • Railroad Worker Injury/FELA
  • Real Estate Law
  • Restaurant and Liquor License Law
  • Science & Technology Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Technology Licensing
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trademarks
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trusts
  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam
  • Wills
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Administrative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1979
  • Arizona, 1979
  • Wisconsin, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Published Works

  • Editor in Chief, The Arizona Entrepreneur Advisor, 2005 - Present
  • Contributing Editor, Arizona Business Lawyer, 2002 - 2007
  • Editor, Torts, Arizona Trial Lawyer Advocate Magazine, 1991
  • Legal Columnist, The Harron Report - Periodical restaurant publication
  • Legal Columnist, Southwestern Hospitality Magazine, Series of publications on restaurant & liquor license law, 1991 - 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 1986 - Present
  • Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • American Association for Justice, 1988 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Minnesota, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
AVVO Rating | 8.8 Excellent ABA | American Bar Association American Association for Justice