The celebrity arrest in the news today is the DUI charges faced by singer Justin Bieber, but his lawyer is well used to appearing for celebrities in trouble. Roy Black has acted for everyone from Rush Limbaugh to William Kennedy Smith so Bieber is in good, legal hands.
Black represented Limbaugh, for whom he got charges of doctor shopping dropped following the radio host’s battle with prescription drugs. But there were other celebrities too, including Kelsey Grammer, where the actor was accused of statutory rape; and race car driver (and “Dancing With the Stars” champion) Helio Castroneves, getting him acquitted of income-tax evasion charges.
Billboard report that Black also has represented “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis and sportscaster Marv Albert.
He famously defended Kennedy family member William Kennedy Smith against rape charges in Palm Beach, Fla., in 1991.
Black also successfully defended artist Peter Max against income-tax evasion charges and 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.
Black, the senior partner of Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf, has more than 40 years’ experience as a criminal defense attorney and has defended clients on charges ranging from murder to securities fraud, money laundering, Internet sex crimes and tax evasion.
Being a DUI lawyer may not be top of his criminal law list, but acting for celebrities in trouble means a DUI offense is very much par for the course for someone of Black’s stature and experience.
He has appeared as a legal analyst on NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” and he has taught advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law for more than 30 years.
The attorney is married to “Real Housewives of Miami” star Lea Black, who previously served as a juror in the William Kennedy Smith case. The two began dating after the trial and were married in 1994. They have a son, RJ, and Black has a daughter from a previous marriage.