• Biography

    In 2019, Emily Westridge Black was selected as the “Attorney of the Year” by Texas Lawyer for leading a trial team that obtained a precedent-setting ruling regarding the scope of the constitutional right to due process. She brings the same passion, tenacity, and creativity to bear in all aspects of her practice.

    Clients trust Emily to conduct thorough, impartial, and efficient investigations of their most sensitive issues. She has led numerous investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption. In recent matters, she led investigations into alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and UK Bribery Act violations by employees and agents of publicly-traded transportation, manufacturing, and software companies. She also represented an oil and gas services company in connection with a criminal investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Eastern Europe and assisted a medical device manufacturer examine alleged misconduct and self-dealing by insiders in connection with the company’s proposed IPO. She has also investigated diverse whistleblower complaints, including alleged product safety issues at a pipeline manufacturer and misconduct (including employee harassment) by executives at a state agency. Emily is also experienced in leading investigations into suspected data security incidents in diverse sectors, including retail, hospitality, healthcare, and energy.

    An accomplished litigator, Emily realizes that the best result – an early victory – is often obtained through motion practice. For example, she recently helped a retailer obtain summary judgment against its payment card processor, who was ordered to return millions of dollars it had withheld to pay assessments issued in the wake of a data breach. She also won summary judgment against the retailer’s insurer, who had breached its duty to defend claims related to the data breach. Emily has helped a hedge fund client and its principals defeat class certification and obtain a voluntary dismissal of all claims, including breach of fiduciary duty. She has also recently obtained favorable resolutions of several breach of contract cases on behalf of a leading, publicly-traded heavy-equipment manufacturer and a product liability case on behalf of a global chemicals company. Her efforts have been recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, which named her a top lawyer for commercial litigation in Texas.

    Emily counsels clients on regulatory issues, including compliance with anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws. Clients benefit from Emily’s experience working in-house at an international pharmaceutical company developing and implementing organization-wide anti-corruption initiatives that balanced legal requirements with business objectives. She has designed practical and effective anti-corruption compliance programs for numerous public and private companies in diverse sectors, including clients in the oil and gas, energy, pharmaceutical, freight forwarding, and hospitality industries.

    Emily is also committed to serving the community. She recently won asylum for four Cameroonian natives and a Nepali native. She also proudly serves on the board of directors for the March of Dimes of Central Texas. 

    Professional Recognition

    • Recognized as a 2019 Attorney of the Year by Texas Lawyer as part of their Professional Excellence Awards
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2007, cum laude; Phi Delta Phi
    • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003, cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
      • The Honorable W. Osmond Smith III, Superior Court of North Carolina (Caswell and Person Counties), May-September 2002
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas