Colin M. Black
Colin M. Black is a Partner in the Business Litigation, Professional Practices and Employment Practices Groups. Colin’s practice focuses on negotiating and litigating complex business disputes, including professional malpractice, contract, franchise, real estate, non-compete, wage and hour, and other employment disputes. Colin advises employers on how to manage their most important assets – their people. Drawing on over fifteen years of legal experience, he works with employers to develop early, creative and fair claim resolutions.
In addition to his legal work, Colin also leads the firm’s Associate Professional Development program which monitors, measures and provides litigation skills and other substantive legal training and mentoring to all associates. Colin also spent two years as the Associate Director of Advocacy Programs at Boston University School of Law, taught business communications at Suffolk University, and clerked for the Honorable Judge James F. McHugh, III with the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Before beginning law school, Colin was an intelligence analyst with the United States Air Force.
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
- Moot Court Honor Board
- National Moot Court Team
- National Mock Trial Team
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A. 1993)
Business and Professional Associations
- Massachusetts Bar Association
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, “Strategic Planning Considerations for Successful Mediation of a Professional Liability Claim.” Donovan Hatem Design Professional Luncheon Series, (July 2016)
- Author, “Supreme Judicial Court Rules Valid Contractual Limitation Period.” Design & Construction Management Professional Reporter (Dec. 2012)
- Author, “Appellate Court Upholds Contractual Provisions Establishing Date of Accrual for Cause of Action.” Design and Construction Management Professional Reporter, (Nov./Dec. 2003)
- Author, “‘Shooting an Elephant’ – Massachusetts Maintains Reasonable Suspicion: Protecting Individual Privacy During Traffic Stops and Battling Racial Profiling,” Suff. J. of Trial & App. Advoc. (2001)
- Speaker, “Avoiding Risk of Change Orders.” Donovan Hatem LLP Design Professional Luncheon Series, (March 2015)
- Speaker, “Advanced Legal Writing.” Donovan Hatem LLP Associate Education Program, (May 2013)
- Successfully argued before Massachusetts Appeals Court and obtained affirmation of court ruling upholding e-mail communication as valid and enforceable settlement agreement.
- Successfully represented franchisor in five-day federal district court trial on affirmative claims including breach of contract, trademark infringement, false designation and cyber piracy, and defended against breach of contract counterclaims, obtaining total victory for client on all claims.
- Advised corporate client on problematic employment situations, and assisted in the development and implementation of risk management measures to minimize employment claims.
- Successfully negotiated a 100% return of money owed for sub-contractor against defaulting general contractor and owners.
- Advised and assisted private university with the termination of senior executive employees, thereby eliminating risk of potential lawsuits.
- Negotiated an entry of judgment for the reformation of a deed effectuating a return of high value property to rightful owner.