WHO Is This Person?
That is the question every client should be able to answer before they select an attorney. Isn’t knowing who I am and what matters to me more important than where I have worked or went to school? You can find all the standard stuff about me at the bottom of this page if that is really what you need to know in order to decide if I’m the right person to help you. What I think you need to know is: I am a husband. I am a father. I am a lawyer. Maybe you also need to know I am a baseball junkie. Those are the roles that define me as an individual and as an attorney.
I have an extraordinary job. I love being a lawyer. I have the privilege of serving people I care about every day and get to use my mind, knowledge and experience to guide clients through some of the most difficult situations they will face. Becoming the best lawyer I can be is not a journey I take in isolation but one that involves each and every client. EVERY client is unique. Your experience is unique. My job is to understand, counsel and advocate. Your goals become my goals. Your fears and worries become my fears and worries. Together we try and figure out the best path to achieving your goals and how we can best minimize your fears or worries. The attorney-client relationship is about listening and sharing, not dictating and forcing. I see so many lawyers forgetting that simple fact. Being a lawyer is about understanding the person in front of you. Who you are, what is important to you, and what do you want to achieve. It's only when I understand you that I can truly help you see past all the fears, worries, challenges, and roadblocks. It's only then that I can truly help you empower yourself and start again after a divorce, arrest, or life altering injury.
Some of my colleagues repeat the mantra that lawyers can only be effective when they specialize. I believe that to be nonsense and absolutely reject that conclusion. My reason for doing so is simple. I believe that working in a variety of, but related, practice areas prevents me from becoming “a divorce attorney,” or a “criminal defense attorney,” or a “personal injury attorney.” What do you think of when you repeat any of those labels? Probably not something positive. It may be because the minute a lawyer is labeled as one of those things I believe they become desensitized to the individual and their unique problems and personality. Instead they start to promote a cookie-cutter approach which tends to focus on maximizing profits for the lawyer rather than maximizing results for the client. I prefer being “an advocate” that happens to do divorce, criminal defense and personal injury work.
Do you believe the above? You may not because lawyers do a bad job of being that person I describe, and I can understand your skepticism. It is my hope you can put those preconceived, or well deserved, lawyer judgments aside and come see the Bayer & Black difference. Being your lawyer is a privilege. It means you chose me out of all those other options you have. I am always grateful for that choice and the opportunity it provides to serve each and every client and welcome them to our family.
The Other Stuff . . .
Mr. Black began his business career after college, working as a claims adjuster and underwriter for a downtown Manhattan insurance firm for six years. While there he was named the Vice Chairman of the Young Insurance Professionals of New York.
Leaving the insurance field, he embarked on his legal studies and in 1992 earned a juris doctor degree Magna Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University (formerly known as the University of Bridgeport School of Law), graduating number 5 in his class. He was an academic selection to the Law Review and received numerous American Jurisprudence and Superior Classroom Performance Awards.
While serving as a prosecutor in the Danbury State's Attorney's Office from 1994-1999, Mr. Black was honored with the MADD Distinguished Service Award for work with victims of drunk driving and the Judge Phillip E. Mancini, Jr., Award for work with victims of violent crime.
After his service as a prosecutor, he used his business background to serve as Secretary, General Counsel, Senior Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors to a corporation listed on NASDAQ. In that capacity he engaged in a significant amount of international travel negotiating contracts and raising capital in the United States, England, Sweden, Switzerland, Malta, South Africa, Egypt, Philippines, Japan, and China, as well as negotiating and monitoring contracts with the US government.
Missing client interaction and the courtroom Mr. Black, while planning to leave corporate America for good in 2004, had the good fortune to meet Doug Bayer through a mutual aquaintaince. They have been law partners ever since that meeting.
Mr. Black currently serves as a Special Public Defender in both the Danbury and Norwalk courts. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, Mr. Black has handled class A, B, C and D felonies, including murder, manslaughter, manslaughter with a motor vehicle, corrupt organizations and racketeering, assault, robbery, burglary, narcotics distribution, larceny, weapons cases, domestic violence and identity theft. He has also handled a wide variety of misdemeanor crimes, including, but not limited to, drunk driving, possession of narcotics and marijuana, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and motor vehicle violations.
Mr. Black has handled all types of divorce cases and uses his extensive experience in both business and law to negotiate the best settlement possible for his clients, while preparing their cases for trial if a reasonable result cannot be reached. He also helps to prepare the client for the next stage of their life during the proceedings. Mr. Black only accepts the number of divorce cases that allows him to give each client the time and attention their respective matter deserves.
Mr. Black is admitted in the State of Connecticut and the US District Court for the District of Connecticut.
- The Connecticut Bar Association
- The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Fairfield County Bar Association
- Danbury Bar Association