Emily Westridge Black


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 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


Texas, 2007

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


Emily Westridge Black takes a common-sense, business-oriented approach to counseling clients on complex litigation and investigation matters. Emily has successfully represented prominent businesses and individuals on a range of issues, including data breach and cybersecurity, anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities regulation, antitrust, and class actions. Her efforts were recognized in 2015 when Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, named her a top lawyer for Commercial Litigation in Texas.

In recent data breach matters, Emily counseled a large specialty retailer and a prominent international hotel chain through the investigation, remediation, and disclosure of significant breaches of personally identifiable information (“PII”) and payment card information (“PCI”) and represented them in related disputes. She also investigated a series of spear-phishing attacks at a publicly traded oilfield services company and led the investigation of a data security breach at an IT services company.

Emily counsels clients on regulatory issues, including compliance with anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. 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 has also investigated suspected violations of anti-corruption laws and liaised with regulators on behalf of her clients.

An accomplished litigator, Emily realizes that the best result – an early victory – is often obtained through motion practice. For example, she recently helped a hedge fund client and its principals defeat class certification and obtain a voluntary dismissal of all claims, including breach of fiduciary duty. Emily also represented the former CEO of Microtune, Inc. in a stock option backdating case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, with a team of Haynes and Boone lawyers, won summary judgment and a complete dismissal.

Emily is also committed to serving the community. After a two and half year fight, she recently won asylum for a Cameroonian native. She also proudly serves on the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project.


2017 Class of Partners

Haynes and Boone Names Thirteen New Partners for Third Consecutive Year

Haynes and Boone, LLP is proud to announce promotion to partnership of 13 lawyers, tying the record for the largest new class in the history of the firm for the third year in a row. The new class represents the firm’s Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Richardson and Washington, D.C. offices.

Selected Client Representations

  • Lead counsel for defendants in a putative class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting, and vicarious liability in connection with the failure of a hedge fund. Defeated class certification and obtained voluntary dismissal of remaining claims.
  • Internal investigation and remediation of a data security breach of an information technology solutions company; counsel client on the company’s remediation efforts, disclosure obligations, and recourse against the former employee.
  • Internal investigation of data security breach at high profile specialty retailer that implicated payment card information and personal identifying information; counsel client on numerous post-breach issues including disclosure obligations, public disclosure, negotiation of fraud recovery and operational reimbursement fines and penalties with card brands, and related counseling regarding collateral litigation; counsel client on insurance coverage for breach-related expenses.
  • Internal investigation and remediation of a data security breach at a Fortune 200 transportation company; civil prosecution of entity responsible for the security breach.
  • Investigation of criminal spear-phishing attack used to steal funds from public oilfield services technology company; direct forensic investigation of attack; counsel client on disclosure obligations and remediation efforts.
  • Internal investigation of alleged FCPA violations made against a Fortune 200 company in connection with the construction of cross-border facilities.
  • Defense of the former CEO of an international technology company in an SEC enforcement action for options backdating.
  • Internal investigation on behalf of the audit committee of a national construction and restoration company regarding securities issues and fraud allegations.
  • Defense of an international freight forwarder under federal investigation for antitrust compliance issues.
  • Defense of a national multi-industry company in breach of warranty litigation.


Chambers USA 2015

Chambers USA Recognizes 52 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

Fifty-two Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers are recognized in the 2015 edition of the highly regarded Chambers USA directory of top lawyers and law firms.

Published by Chambers & Partners in May 2015

Professional and Community Activities

  • The University of Texas Law School 2016 Essential Cybersecurity Law Conference, Presiding Officer
  • Steering Committee of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project
  • Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Mayor's Committee
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Associate (2009)
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Hot Topics in Anti-Corruption Law,” speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel D-FW Chapter Lunch & Learn CLE, May 9, 2017.
  • “Emerging Trends in Cybersecurity Litigation and Regulatory Actions,” speaker, The Center for American and International Law’s First Annual Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Conference, January 25, 2017.
  • "Antitrust and Business Litigation," co-author, Texas Bar Journal, January 2017.
  • “Data Security, Client Confidences, and Ethics Rules Applicable to the Protection of Client Information,” speaker, University of Texas School of Law 64th Annual Taxation Conference, December 1, 2016.
  • "Managing Cyber Liability: Protecting Records and Financial Information," speaker, UT CLE Mortgage Lending Institute, September 29, 2016.
  • “Reacting to a Cyber-Attack: How to Investigate, Remediate, and Minimize Losses,” Gulf Coast Power Association, August 25, 2016.
  • “Regulatory Actions and Civil Litigation Update,” The University of Texas Law School 2016 Essential Cybersecurity Law Conference, August 19, 2016.
  • "Antitrust and Business Litigation," co-author, Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 79, No. 1, January 2016.
  • "Cyber Attacks - Are You Prepared?" presentation with Grant Thornton to public and private clients in Dallas, April 14, 2015.
  • "Practical Tips on Preventing, Managing, and Insuring for Data Breaches,” Houston Cybersecurity panel, February 18, 2015.
  • "Despite Bipartisan Support, Data Breach Law Faces Obstacles," Law360, February 02, 2015.
  • "Data Security Law: Predictions for 2015," The Privacy Advisor, January 27, 2015.
  • "Obama Cybersecurity Blitz May Lessen Liability For Breaches," Law360, January 14, 2015.
  • "2014 Year in Review: Antitrust and Business Litigation," Texas Bar Journal, January 2015.
  • "A Focus on Cybersecurity Litigation Risks and Liabilities," presented to the General Counsel Forum, November 6, 2014.
  • "Critical Organizational Threats Facing General Counsel," presented to the Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit, November 6, 2014.
  • "A Compliance Officer’s Guide to Cyberliability and Cyber Insurance," Houston Compliance Roundtable, October 15, 2014.
  • "What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity," presented to the Better Business Bureau of Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, September 16, 2014.
  • "A Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response—Part 2," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 26, No. 8, August 2014.
  • "A Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response—Part 1," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3, July 2014.
  • "What You Need to Know About Data Security and Cyber Insurance: Practical tips on preparing for and responding to a cyber security breach," presented to public and private company clients in the Dallas area, June 26, 2014.
  • "Understanding Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Cyber Insurance," Austin Compliance Roundtable, May 28, 2014.
  • "What Registered Entities Need to Know about Cybersecurity and Cyber Insurance," San Antonio Compliance Roundtable, May 14, 2014.
  • "Cyber Liability and Loss Seminar," presented to public and private company clients in the Austin area, April 22, 2014.
  • "2013 Year in Review: Antitrust and Business Litigation," Texas Bar Journal, January 2014.
  • "2012 Year in Review: Antitrust and Business Litigation," Texas Bar Journal, January 2013.
  • "2011 Year in Review: Antitrust and Business Litigation," Texas Bar Journal, January 2012.
  • "2010 Year in Review: Antitrust and Business Litigation," co-author with David McAtee, Texas Bar Journal, January 2011.
  • "Managing Risk: A Guide for Investment Advisers," co-author with Katherine Addleman, National Society of Compliance Professionals Southern Regional Meeting, February 2010.

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