ABOUT THE NEOPHYTE LAWYER
W. Lewis Black is a 2010 graduate of the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is currently employed as an Associate Attorney at the firm of Dunn & Dunn, P.C., in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although earlier in his career he handled more plaintiff cases, most of Lewis’ current case load is on the defense. Lewis handles Asbestos Defense, Automobile Accidents, Construction Defects, Corporate Defense, Government Entity Defense, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage Claims, Premises Liability, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) Coverage Claims, and Workers’ Compensation. Lewis is especially skilled at researching and writing insurance coverage opinion letters for various national insurance companies.
The legal profession is something of a family business. Lewis is a third-generation plaintiffs’ attorney. His grandfather, father, uncle, and brother-in-law were all attorneys, as is his brother (James R. Black), sister (Susan Black Dunn), cousin (John L. Black, Jr.), and nephew (Matthew Black). His other brother, Pete Black, is a paralegal.
Prior to making the decision to join the family business (or falling prey to the family curse, depending upon your point of view), Lewis was an Adjunct Instructor of History at Salt Lake Community College from 1993 to 2009. He taught American Civilization, Western Civilization to 1300, Western Civilization since 1300, World History to 1500, and World History since 1500. Lewis has Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California School of International Relations (International Relations) and Northeastern University (History). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Theatre from Linfield College (Magna Cum Laude).
In his copious (?) free time, Lewis likes to be involved in local community theater productions. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of StageRight TheaterCompany, and a past Ensemble Member at Pinnacle Acting Company, located in Midvale, Utah. While the level of his acting “skills” is open to debate, he can handle a cordless screwdriver with the best of them.
Lewis is happily married to his beautiful, intelligent, and talented wife Kara. They have a simply adorable 8-year-old daughter, Miriam, an equally adorable 5-year old daughter, Lilian, and share joint custody of a hyperactive Welsh Terrier named Ruby (a.k.a. “The Psycho Puppy”). Don’t ask; it’s a long and rather boring story. They have also taken in a rescue dog (another long story) named Lola. They were told that Lola is a Toy Fox Terrier, but Lewis is skeptical.