Barry Black has practiced primarily in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, contract negotiation and dispute resolution.
An ordained and practicing clergyman for thirty years until stepping down to form Nelson Madden Black in 2016, he has focused much of his practice on religious institutions and clergy, from employment issues to dispute resolution and criminal matters. He has extensive working knowledge of administration and governance issues. In particular, he has counseled and represented both religious institutions and ministers on clergy-related issues, from parsonage and taxes to intraorganizational disputes.
Mr. Black practiced law independently from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that he was a litigation partner at a New York City law firm. His clients have ranged from major banking institutions to individual investors in a multi-million-dollar interstate investor fraud scheme and federal RICO claims. In representing several hundred criminal defendants over the course of many years, Mr. Black is experienced in trial and post-verdict litigation. In 2016, he co-founded a law firm, Nelson Madden Black LLP, specifically to focus on serving the legal needs of the religious community.
Hofstra University, B.B.A. 1991
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 1994
New York State
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
English, Yiddish. Proficient in Hebrew, working knowledge of Spanish.