Bonita K. Black

Biography

Bonita focuses her practice on public finance law.  She is also experienced in general corporate law, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as corporate, structured, and municipal finance law. She has experience with business formation and corporate governance compliance issues, municipal securities law, tax-exempt financings, securitization transactions, debt and equality offerings, and governmental bonds. She also advises on telecommunications regulatory issues and real estate finance, in addition to assisting local and regional nonprofits with legal issues, such as formation and procedure development.

Education

  • Harvard Law School  (J.D., 1984)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.A., summa cum laude, 1981)
    • Political Science and Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Affordable Housing and Community Development Committee
    • Corporate and Taxation Committees
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
    • Editorial Board Bar Briefs, past member
    • Corporate Law Section, past chair
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • English Speaking Union Scholar, Oxford University, Exeter College
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Municipal Affairs Committee and Housing and Urban Development Committee
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Center for Non-Profit Excellence
  • University of Louisville, Board of Trustees (2016)
  • St. Francis School Board 
    • Trustee (2009 - present)
    • Diversity initiative (2008)
    • Governance Committee
    • Fiduciary Committee (2010 - 2011) 
    • Vice chairman 
    • Board of Trustees and Chairman,
    • School search committee, head (2011 - 2012)
    • Preschool Committee
    • Executive Committee member (2012 - present)
  • Community Foundation of Oldham County, Board of Directors (2014 - present)
  • Community Foundation of Louisville, Grants, partnerships and strategies committee member (2013 - present)
  • Family and Children's Place
    • Board of Trustees (2012 - present)
    • Board development co­-chairman (2014 - present)
  • Business Diversity Network of Kentucky
    • Board member (2004 - present)
    • General counsel (2004 - present)
  • Women Influencing Louisville
    • General counsel (2012 - present)
  • Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession 
    • Member Advisory Board of Directors (2012- present) 
  • Community Foundation of Louisville
    • Executive, Finance and Strategic Initiatives Committee, member (2004 - 2013)
    • Board Development Committee, chairman (2009 - 2013)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Governance Board, Regional Board for Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio (2008 - 2009)
  • Louisville Urban League
    • Board of Directors (2007- 2010)
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
    • Board of Directors (2001 - 2007)
    • Co-Chairman Nominating Committee and member (2001 - 2007)
    • Finance Committee (2001 - 2007)
  • Louisville Deaf Oral School
    • Member (2001 - 2007)
    • Board of Directors (2001 - 2007)
  • Heuser Hearing Institute Institutional Review Board Member (2011 - 2013)

Distinctions

  • Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018 Business Women First, Woman of Influence, Louisville Business First
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2012 - 2014)