John Scott Black
John Scott Black focuses his practice on first party insurance claims,
complex commercial litigation, mass tort litigation for plaintiffs, and
catastrophic personal injury litigation. He handles commercial matters
in a broad array of areas, including securities fraud, contract claims,
fiduciary duty matters, real estate transactions, patent matters, and
institutional investor claims.
John has tried cases to jury verdict as first chair in both state and federal
court for both plaintiffs and defendants, and is licensed to practice
law in both Texas, Kentucky, Colorado and Nebraska. John has also taken
the lead role in successfully arbitrating complex cases, and arguing matters
to Texas courts of appeal.
Prior to joining his longtime friend, Rick Daly, to establish Daly &
Black, P.C, John was a legal intern to Justice James A. Baker of the Supreme
Court of Texas in 1998. John worked at Gibbs & Bruns LLP, one of the
nation's commercial litigation boutiques from 1999 to 2009; he was
named partner in 2005. In 2009, John left Gibbs & Bruns L.L.P. to
form Reynolds, Frizzell, Black, Doyle, Allen & Oldham, L.L.P. He is
fluent in both English and Spanish with much of his family still residing
In his first year of helping launch Reynolds, Frizzell, Black, Doyle, Allen
& Oldham, LLP, John Scott Black and his partner Jean C. Frizzell secured
the 12th largest verdict in Texas for 2010 (also listed 1st in corporate
verdicts) and the top Texas civil practice verdict for 2010. Since that
time, he has tried dozens of cases to verdict, including cases in Texas
John Scott Black helped form Daly & Black, P.C. in August 2014.
Clients describe John Black, who recently became a founding partner of
Daly & Black, PC as a "very smart trial lawyer and a good strategic
litigator." Discussing a recent trial, one client reported:
"When he closed, you could tell the other side was going to get smoked."
From Chambers USA 2014 rankings
John enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Sophia and Ava, and training
for Ironman triathlons. Over the years, through the sport of triathlon,
he has helped raise over $100,000 for various
noteworthy causes .
University of Texas, J.D., 1999
Endowed Presidential Scholar; Order of the Barristers; ATLA National Trial
Champion, 1999; Texas State Invitational Trial Tournament & Best Oral
Advocate, 1999; Niemann Cup Recipient, 1999 (best graduating advocate
at University of Texas Law School);
University of Texas, M.P.A., LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1999
University of Texas, B.A., 1995
Student Government President, 1994-95 (first Hispanic student body president)
University of Texas Friar Society, Abbot, 1997
'Top Attorney in Texas' as published in Texas Monthly, Thompson
Reuters Service, 2014,2015, 2016 and 2017.
Listed in the "Top 100 U.S. Verdicts (2015) Texas” for
Estate of Chalk v. Benson.
"Up-and-Coming" USA Lawyer
(identified from thousands of client interviews as one of 400 lawyers selected
nationwide) Chambers Guide, "Leaders in Their Field" Lawyer, 2014.
Named a "Top Lawyer for the People" in Business Litigation by
H Texas magazine, 2009, 2011.
Named one of the 'Best Lawyers in America’ by Woodward White,
Inc. in 2012, 2013, 2014.
Named one of "Houston's Top Lawyers" by H Texas magazine,
2007, 2010, 2012, 2013.
Named one of Houston's "Top Forty Under Forty" Lawyers by
H Texas magazine, 2004.
Named a "Named as a ‘Texas Rising Star’ by Texas Super
Lawyers, of Thompson Reuters, Inc." 2005-2012.
Named a "Named as a ‘Texas Super Lawyer’ by Texas Super
Lawyers, of Thompson Reuters, Inc." by Texas Super Lawyers, 2013,
2014,2015,2016, 2017 and 2018.
Named one of Texas' "Top 40 Under 40" by National Trial Lawyers
Listed in the "Hall of Fame" by Texas Verdicts 2010-2012
The "outstanding" John Black, a rising star of the commercial
litigator sphere, recently co-founded Daly & Black, PC. One interviewee
exclaims: "I think he's brilliant!"
From Chambers USA 2015 rankings
For some of John Black's significant case results please click