J. Thomas Black was born in Santa Ana, California in 1954. He attended preparatory school at Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana in 1977. He received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston in 1982, and started his own law firm in Houston in 1986. His firm has always specialized in consumer and small business bankruptcy law.
Mr. Black became Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1989. He was president of the Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (HACBA) from 1999 until 2002, and currently serves as its Secretary/Treasurer.
He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, the National Assn. of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), and is an associate member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACCT).
Mr. Black is active in supporting the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP) by performing pro bono legal services for indigent Texans. His firm is an Equal Access to Justice Champion law firm for HVLP. Mr. Black received a Pro Bono Service Award from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in 2003, and a Pro Bono Service Award from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section in 2012.
Mr. Black wrote “Getting Out of Debt With A Texas Bankruptcy- Important Secrets to Know Before You Hire An Attorney or Sign Papers” (Word Association Publishers 2012), and it is available at Amazon.com or on the law firm’s website.