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Louis Black

Business Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   20 reviews

also known as Lee Black

  • Licensed for 51 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1972
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Louis

Learn Louis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Start-ups, general business representation, raising growth capital, intellectual property issues, Internet law, limited liability company and corporation issues, litigation.

    50 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Shareholders agreements, limited liability company agreements, customer agreements, short form letter agreements, etc.

    50 years

  3. Mergers and acquisitions
    Mergers and acquisitions of companies with a value less than $100 million.

    50 years

  4. Tax
    All US and New York business tax issues, foreign investment in the US and outbound transactions.

    50 years

My practice has focused on young companies in a broad number of industries, but many of which are Internet and software companies. I am also a Managing Director of an investment bank, Aleutian Capital Partners, that represents companies wishing to sell themselves or raise growth capital.

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Posted by Arun | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lee is a trusted lawyer and will take care of you
I have worked with Lee Black for 4+ years, where he served as General Counsel on my software startup. Lee is a trusted lawyer who genuinely has your best interests in mind. Lee is very experienced and has served many different types of businesses and situations. He is a first principles thinker, and is able to come up with the core issues to resolve in any situation. He has great client service - he is very responsive and works extremely hard for you. He is detail-oriented, which helps identify and resolve most potential scenarios. He is also a great human being - he has supported me as a mentor personally. I highly recommend working with Lee.
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Posted by Lauren | January 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Transaction Attorney
My husband and I engaged Lee to assist us with an investment transaction. He brought a level of expertise and knowledge to us that far exceeded my expectations and helped us navigate the complex legal and tax considerations in question. He also spent time educating us on our options and the "why" behind certain recommendations. I highly recommend Lee and know we will use his services in the future.
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Posted by Sheri | January 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highest recommendation
I have worked with Mr Black for fifteen years. His ability to get to the heart of a situation is stellar. He has used his vast expertise to advise me in a particularly challenging effort to unravel usual elements of a long term lawsuit. If another category of legal knowledge is needed Mr Black will find the appropriate attorney to consult while continuing to manage the situation. This has saved me a great deal of time and money. Mr Black really listens to his clients needs and opinions and responds appropriately and throughly. It is my pleasure to recommend Mr. Black in the highest of terms.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Was helpful
I asked a question regarding taxes regarding a complication from the past and what to do in the present. Mr. Black gave me an informative article and he gave me his opinion. He took the time to answer me whereas other attorneys on this site did not.
Posted by Abby | July 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful
I contacted Lee to get assistance with my situation. After speaking with Lee, it became apparent that I needed a different type of attorney, but he still listened carefully as I described my challenges. He provided me with information and direction to help resolve my issues most effectively. I greatly appreciate his consideration. This is an attorney who actually cares about people. Thank you!
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Posted by George | October 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional - Responsive
Mr.Black responded promptly to my request, and even though he stated that he wouldn't handle my case, he offered to advise me over the phone and showed interest and concern.
Posted by BC | November 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Louis was a pleasure to work with. Very responsive and knowledgable. Highly recommend.
Posted by Yoel | July 12, 2015
Attorney of the highest caliber
Lee is a top notch attorney that was able to resolve a long list of issues that my company inherited from my previous corporate attorneys. He is extremely sharp and knowledgeable in all aspects of corporate and taxation law. We had several complex incorporation issues, and Lee was able to come up with sound solutions to each and every problem. We also utilized his knowledge to perform diligence on contracts that were drafted by our real estate attorneys, and his comments were tremendously valuable. In conclusion, Lee’s services are worth every penny. We look forward to continue leveraging his knowledge in our future business endeavors.
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Posted by Satya Ramaswamy | June 6, 2015
Lee was our counsel from getting our startup company started to its dissolution. He was kind and understanding of the pain startup founders go through. He was the knowledgeable and steady hand that we needed in ensuring we did all the right things and did it the right way. He handled every issue with diligence and in a cost effective way. He was always quite responsive and got back quickly on my queries and requests. I will highly recommend him to any one looking for a corporate law counsel.
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Posted by Jim | September 29, 2011
I wouldn't do a deal with out him
I have worked with Lee for almost 20 years on deals and issues of every size and kind. His insight and value goes far beyond just the pure legal matter at hand. He is one of the few lawyers I have ever met that understand getting a deal done, or solving a problem, is the core goal and that the lawyering should help, not hinder.
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Posted by Ulrike | September 28, 2011
I know and work with Louis Black since 1998. I hardly recommend this lawyer. The most trustworthy and responsive person who i ever met and heard about! I feel in good hands, working with him! always informed what's going on, and because of his high knowledge, confident at all times!!!
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2011
Highly recommended
Lee Black offers exceptional quality, keen insight, and a practical approach to law that gives clients as much support as they need -- no more, no less. As the owner of an elite executive search firm, he has served as my virtual Corporate Counsel for the past decade. He is extraordinarily responsive and informed. Moreover, he is the consummate gentleman, elegant, articulate, and well-mannered -- all powerful tools he deploys on your behalf. However, he does not hesitate to do battle for you when adversaries throw down the gauntlet. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Samer | September 26, 2011
One of the most competent, high-value start-up/corporate/M&A lawyers in NYC
I have been using Mr. Black month after month after month since the mid-90s on multiple start-ups, board seats, and investments. His work has spanned employment contracts, incorporation, trademark filings, lawsuits, M&A transactions, angel and venture capital investments, investment bank engagements, and licensing agreements, among other areas of corporate and tax law. All the work is top-notch, done efficiently, and completed at a fair price. He's also a terrific board member, serving as a corporate secretary as well as an independent who carefully balances business operations with the minimum legal work required to achieve business goals, a rarity among lawyers who love to over-think the legal issues.
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Posted by Michael | September 26, 2011
Lee is an outstanding corporate and M&A attorney. His attention to detail is excellent. He knows the law inside and out. He is an excellent negotiator and highly experienced. He is the type of good lawyer you often find in a large firm but with the access and cost-effectiveness of a small firm. Highly recommended.
Posted by Venky | September 26, 2011
Rare find - especially for smaller companies.
Lee has been our corporate counsel on 2 of our companies. He knows a broad area of subjects really well. Unlike larger firms that I have worked with, you get to work with the partner directly in a very cost efficient manner. Lee is a businessman as well as an attorney, and will quickly help you focus on the important issues. This approach allowed us to get much legal work done for a fraction of the cost at larger firms. He has advised me a numerous issues over the past 8 years ranging from company formation, stocks and option plans, contracts, contract disputes, tax matters and insurance. I have recommended him to several other friends, and recommend him now without reservation.
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Posted by Janet | September 26, 2011
85 Broads Unlimited LLC is honored to recommend Lee Black
Lee has been our corporate lawyer for over a decade. His ethics and standards of excellence are unimpeachable. 85 Broads Unlimited LLC was founded as an exclusive network for current and former Goldman Sachs women professionals worldwide. We have worked with Lee on all legal matters pertaining to 85 Broads, including our foundation. Lee's knowledge of our business allowed us to ask him for advice on virtually every aspect of our business, domestically and internationally. Lee has always been thoughtful and just as importantly, respectful and kind. There have been many times when we've had to call upon his wisdom and knowledge on a fast moving negotiation or partnership opportunity. I would recommend Lee without reservation. He is the best of the best.
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Posted by James | September 26, 2011
General Counsel for Entrepreneurial Companies
A Partner's knowledge in every call. Exceptional service with great "business sense" gives us the perfect combination of skills and level of support we need. Timeliness of deliverables is terrific. Adherence to a pre-approved budget is the norm not the exception.
Posted by Lenny | September 26, 2011
Rounded, pragmatic, cost effective.
I have been using Lee as my primary lawyer for both personal and professional matter for over 25 years. Extremely well rounded and pragmatic. Lee is a deal maker, not a deal breaker!
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2011
Lee Black Review
Lee has been excellent to work with and very helpful. He has deep experience, especially for early stage organizations, is very bright, knowledgeable, rational, and practical.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive to Request
Attorney was responsive to request via email while indicating he could not handle the case.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Black & Associates
  • 2002 - Present
  • Chairman, Corporate Department
  • De Forest & Duer
  • 1986 - 2001
  • Partner
  • Van Ginkel & Benjamin
  • 1979 - 1982
  • Associate
  • Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • 1972 - 1979
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  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1979
  • New York University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Sections on Business Law, Taxation
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Sections on Business Law, Taxation; Committee on M&A
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2013
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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  • New York University 36th Institute on Federal Taxation
  • Partnership Buy-Sell Agreements
  • 1978
  • New York University Journal of International Law and Politics
  • Various (Managing Editor)
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • New York University 36th Institute on Federal Taxation
  • Partnership Buy-Sell Agreements
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Louis
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Louis ("Lee") is one of the sharpest tax and corporate lawyers I've had the pleasure of working with. What truly separates Lee from the pack, however, is his creativity in attaining the best possible results for his clients. I highly endorse Lee."
Business Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is hard working, ethical, thoughtful, resourceful and pragmatic."
Business Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I'm an attorney who recently had the pleasure of working with Lee Black on a complex litigation matter. Lee Black is well known for his expertise and hard work in serving as outside general counsel to his corporate clients. I heartily endorse Mr. Black."
New York Business Lawyer Louis Black
Louis Black
Business Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 51 years
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