• Biography

    High-profile individuals and companies across the country trust Emily Westridge Black to handle their most pressing crises. Emily handles high-stakes litigation matters, including class actions, products liability, and large commercial disputes. She specializes in obtaining early victories through motion practice and other creative means. For example, she obtained walk-away, voluntary dismissals in a price-gouging class action against a prominent grocer and a breach of fiduciary duty suit against a hedge fund and its principals. She obtained an early, favorable settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action. She also recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of a specialty retailer in suits against its payment card processor and its insurer, securing multi-million-dollar judgments in each case. Her creative, tenacious, and efficient approach to litigation has been recognized by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation and by the Texas Lawyer, which named her “Attorney of the Year” in 2019.

    Emily also helps clients investigate a range of sensitive allegations, including fraud and corruption, product safety concerns, and executive malfeasance. 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. Emily is also experienced in leading investigations into suspected data security incidents in diverse sectors, including retail, hospitality, healthcare, and energy.

    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 balance legal requirements with business objectives.

    Emily is committed to serving the community. She has helped twelve individuals win humanitarian asylum. 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