Ms. Black is the Chief Operating Officer of Latham & Watkins, a leading global law firm with more than 2,600 lawyers in 30-plus offices across the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For more than 20 years, she has helped lead Latham’s extraordinary growth, both in size and reputation. The firm serves major global businesses, earning international recognition for transactional, litigation, and regulatory legal services, as well as for an innovative approach to law firm management, client service, and pro bono and diversity initiatives.
A former Girl Scout, Ms. Black regularly draws on the leadership, courage, and confidence the program helped her to cultivate at a young age. She serves on numerous Latham governance committees, including the Executive Committee, the firm’s highest management body. Ms. Black is a member of the advisory boards for The Roundtable Collaborative, a group of 50 Chief Operating Officers representing law firms from around the world, and Thomson Reuters’ Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative. She also serves as a board director of Pro Bono Net, an organization focused on increasing access to justice, and as the chair of the board of trustees of the Chapin School, an all-girls K-12 school dedicated to academic excellence, personal integrity, and community responsibility.
Before joining Latham & Watkins, Ms. Black was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1983-1987 in its Manufacturing and Service Industries Division. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a member of the New York State Certified Public Accountants Association.
Ms. Black has been selected as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of the Tri-State Area by the National Diversity Council, a nonprofit organization that champions diversity and inclusion. She was recently named a 2017 Top 10 Legal Innovator for North America by the Financial Times.
On a personal level, Ms. Black is the youngest of six children and is the proud mother of three girls.