Roy Black, Howard Srebnick, Law Firm Top-Ranked in 2004 Chambers & Partners Legal Guide

MIAMI – April 26, 2004 – Prominent Florida attorneys Roy Black and Howard Srebnick and their firm, Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, were ranked no. 1 in white collar litigation and government investigations in the prestigious legal guide, “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers.”

“Star of the firm Roy Black has ‘the best national reputation in the state’ [of Florida],” the guide notes. “A top criminal attorney, he is a frequent commentator on legal issues.” Srebnick, “was also recommended for his courtroom presence,” according to the evaluators.

To determine the rankings, Chambers & Partners conducted independent research, including more than 4,500 telephone interviews over a year’s time. A team of 30 researchers interviewed business people and lawyers throughout the country to assess the attorneys’ and firms’ legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client, according to the publishers. “Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings,” they said.

Roy Black is one of the nation’s premier trial lawyers. With more than 33 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, he has handled hundreds of cases in Florida and throughout the United States. As a top-notch trial attorney, he also handles select civil lawsuits, offering his clients a complete service in high-stakes cases.

Currently serving as an NBC News legal analyst, Black appears regularly on “The Today Show,” (NBC) and other NBC and MSNBC news programs, and has been a frequent quest commentator on legal issues for national television network news shows such as CNN’s “The Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.” The author of “Black’s Law,” a book that recounts the strategy and tactics he employed to safeguard the freedom of four clients, Black has also taught advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law for more than 30 years.

Howard Srebnick, who is best known for his successful defense of N.F.L. Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Tony Martin in 1999 following a 3-week federal trial in Miami, is the youngest board member of the 10,000-member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation’s premier criminal defense organization. He is also the co-chair of NACDL’s Lawyer Assistance Strike Force, defending fellow lawyers facing subpoenas or sanctions in connection with their zealous advocacy.

A mentor and role model for other aspiring criminal defense lawyers, Srebnick has readily accepted invitations to teach on lawyer ethics, trying criminal cases and briefing appeals. He also currently teaches “Situational Ethics in the Adversarial System of Justice” at the University of Miami School of Law.

Chamber & Partners also awarded Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf the highest ranking in criminal defense work. “This 10-attorney firm is renowned for its national criminal defense work,” the authors note. “The team successfully defended William Kennedy Smith and advised Eller Media in the bus-shelter electrocution of a 12-year-old boy. It acted for Albertson’s grocery stores when the State of Florida charged the Fortune 500 company with manslaughter in the death of a shoplifter,” the guide said.