Roy Black and Howard M. Srebnick Named Among ‘The Best Lawyers in America’

MIAMI – October 19, 2004 – Nationally renowned defense attorney Roy Black and prominent attorney Howard M. Srebnick, partners in the Miami-based law firm Black Srebnick, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 11th edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” published by Woodward White, Inc. Black and Srebnick were named among the best practitioners of criminal defense law. For Black, who has been included in every edition since its inception, it was the sixth listing in the prestigious legal guide.

Published biennially since 1983, “The Best Lawyers in America” is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The book’s lists, representing 30 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the nation’s top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

More than 4,000 law firms subscribe to “The Best Lawyers in America,” which is generally used to locate counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions for major legal matters. Since basic listings are not fee-based, “Best Lawyers” has gained the respect of the legal profession as “the most well-respected referral list of attorneys in practice,” wrote Corporate Counsel Magazine. It has been praised by presidents of the American Bar Association and frequently quoted in the U.S. media.

Black, one of the nation’s premier trial lawyers, was recently announced managing partner of “The Law Firm,” NBC’s alternative drama series that features real lawyers competing against each other while trying real court cases with judges and juries, resulting in outcomes that will be final, legal and binding. A renowned criminal defense and civil lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, Black has represented such high-profile clients as William Kennedy Smith, Rush Limbaugh and artist Peter Max. In addition, he currently serves as an NBC News legal analyst, appearing regularly on “The Today Show” and other NBC and MSNBC news programs. Black has also taught advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law for more than 30 years, and is the author of “Black’s Law,” a book that recounts the strategies he employed to safeguard the freedom of four clients.

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.