Veteran advocate, formidable litigator and proven trial counsellor, Roy Black is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier trial and appellate lawyers. Founding partner of the firm, Roy’s honed analytical abilities, intellectual acumen, artistry in telling each client’s unique story, undeniable thirst for continuous learning, and absolute commitment to sharpening his skills daily has cemented his reputation as one of the most diligent, hard-working and effective criminal defense and civil litigation lawyers practicing today. With more than four decades of experience representing some of the most well-known individuals and companies throughout the United States, Roy has resolved hundreds of high-profile matters in Florida and across the country.
Roy has mounted veritable defenses for charges ranging from murder to securities to bank, healthcare and mail/wire fraud, as well as money laundering, internet sex crimes and tax evasion. Best known for his successful defense of William Kennedy Smith on rape charges in Palm Beach, Florida, Roy also successfully defended Eller Media (now known as Clear Channel Outdoor) against manslaughter charges stemming from the bus-bench electrocution of a 12-year-old boy in Miami.
In addition, Roy defended Albertson’s, Inc. when the State of Florida charged the Fortune 500 company with manslaughter in the death of a shoplifter. Moreover, he successfully defended New York artist Peter Max on income tax evasion and three-time Indy 500 winner and Dancing with the Stars champion, Helio Castroneves, in a 6-week tax trial where he was charged with income tax evasion. A selection of Roy’s other noteworthy clients have included Rush Limbaugh, Kelsey Grammer, South Florida police officers Luis Alvarez and William Lozano, and banker Fred De la Mata.
Recently, Roy represented the online news publication, BuzzFeed, and defeated a defamation lawsuit by a Russian entrepreneur and his tech company who were mentioned in a report by a former British spy about links between Russia and Donald Trump. Roy helped convince a federal judge in Florida that BuzzFeed’s publication of the Christopher Steele dossier was protected as accurate reporting on an official proceeding. Roy has also been involved in a variety of other high-stakes civil litigation cases including defending Rolls Royce against contract claims by various cruise lines, and currently representing the chairman of one of the most famous entertainment companies in a series of lawsuits over allegations that a Canadian businessman tried to secretly harvest his DNA.
Since 1987, Roy has been included every year among The Best Lawyers in America®. Chambers USA describes Roy as a top litigator with “the best national reputation in the State (of Florida)” and “famous for being good and actually practice(s) at that standard.” In fact, Chambers also said that Roy is “(s)o good, he is scary good,” is “uniquely gifted in front of juries,” and that “no one is as well prepared or has the presence in court of Roy Black.”
Featured on the cover of and in many national legal and business publications, Roy served as NBC’s legal analyst on “The Today Show” and has frequently appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and several other network and cable news programs. He is the author of Black’s Law, a book that recounts the strategies he employed to safeguard the freedom of four clients.
Nicknamed “the professor” for his erudition and dedication to education, one of Roy’s great professional joys, outside of the courtroom, is teaching advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law, a position he has held since 1973. Roy derives a deep sense of personal satisfaction and feels honored to have the opportunity to teach and train decades of UM law students and assist them in becoming successful trial lawyers.(305) 363-7409
If you or your loved one is facing a criminal charge, it can be a nerve-wracking and intimidating time. Given the complexity of criminal laws and the potentially severe consequences, an experienced Miami criminal lawyer is essential to navigating through this uncertain time.
Below we have provided some basic information about Miami criminal law, including when and how a Miami criminal defense attorney in can be most useful.
At its simplest, an individual is facing criminal charges when they have committed a crime. A crime is any act committed or omitted that violates a public law. The laws of Florida will define these forbidden acts. All crimes will generally fall into one of the following categories:
While each of the above categories of crimes come with different punishments, each can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.
If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a Criminal Defense attorney in Miami as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you have committed some wrongdoing or if you are completely innocent, a licensed legal practitioner will be an invaluable resource throughout the criminal process.
A criminal lawyer in Miami can assist in all facets of the criminal process, including:
As you or your loved one determines next steps for handling criminal charges, an Miami Criminal Defense attorney will be an invaluable asset. The criminal legal process can present unexpectedly complicated twists and turns, where a wrong step could result in serious limitations on your personal liberty.