Mr Russell Black > Katten > Charlotte, United States > Lawyer Profile

SUITE 2900
CHARLOTTE, NC 28202-4213
United States
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Russell M. Black concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, transactional, financial services and employment law for regional and national companies in a wide variety of industries.   His clients range from professional service providers to mortgage brokers and lenders, financial services firms, property developers, contractors, manufacturing companies, distributors, outplacement personnel services, software and intellectual property developers and consultants, marketing firms and franchisors. Additionally, Russ has developed an innovative practice representing country clubs through all stages of their evolution. 

Having represented closely-held, entrepreneurial and growth-oriented businesses for more than 25 years, Russ is particularly attentive to their unique and evolving needs. As a result, clients often call upon Russ not only for legal assistance, but for strategic business planning input as well. Russ is intimately familiar with the issues involved in formation-related decisions, structuring of capital raises, negotiation of vendor and distribution arrangements, structuring of lending and leasing arrangements, expanding through acquisitions and positioning businesses for sale. In that regard, Russ counsels on a range of corporate issues, including operating agreements, stockholders’ agreements, partnership agreements, manufacturing/distribution agreements, vendor/purchaser agreements, licensing of technology and intellectual property, agreements between service providers and users, leases and financing. He also has extensive experience negotiating acquisitions, sales and mergers of businesses.

Because the proper structuring and handling of personnel issues are a central element of business success, Russ focuses a portion of his practice on employment law, including compliance with Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and other federal and state laws. He frequently assists clients in the negotiation and preparation of employment, consulting, separation, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, as well as the preparation of policies and employee handbooks and the resolution of disputes with existing and former employees.


JD, Vanderbilt University Law School; BS, The University of Tennessee

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Katten‘s ‘team is very hands-on; it takes the time to understand clients’ business and works with them to find the right work product for their needs‘. The practice has particular sector knowledge in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, sports, financial services, investment funds, education, manufacturing, parking and transportation, publishing and media, and technology. The team regularly advises on LBOs, management buyouts, going-private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs, tender offers and restructurings; it fields attorneys with experience in all aspects of takeovers, both friendly and hostile, including designing and implementing defensive controls. Significant clients include Chicago-based private equity fund Ellipse Capital, septic services company Wind River Environmental, and Sterling Partners, a diversified investment management platform. Recent work saw the team advise Ellipse Capital on the sale of its portfolio company Monroe Engineering to ShoreView Capital, a Minneapolis-based private equity fund. It also acted for Wind River Environmental on several matters, including the acquisition of Certified Environmental Services, an environmental testing service; assisted Harmony Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company, with its acquisition of the exclusive right to develop, register and market the narcolepsy treatment drug pitolisant in the US; and advised Versatex Holdings (Versatex), a portfolio company of Highlander Partners and manufacturer of branded trip, sheet and mouldings, on the sale of Versatex to The AZEK Company. New York’s Evan Borenstein is ‘a terrific resource and a trusted partner, who consistently provides high-quality, practical advice and gets quickly to the heart of the matter‘; and Mark Grossmann, who focuses on advising private equity funds, as well as institutional and entrepreneurial corporate clients, is global corporate practice head and divides his time between Chicago and New York. Other notable advisers are Chicago-based entrepreneurial ventures practice head Matthew Brown, Jeffrey Patt and Kimberly Smith; Charlotte’s Russell Black; Washington DC-based Mara Glaser McCahan; and New York’s Farzad Damania.