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Founder Robert H. Black Passes

Posted on 04/05/2011

On April 4, 2011, one of our founding partners, Robert H. Black, 69, closed his last file. He left this world leaving his own unique indelible mark of unwavering integrity, patience, understanding, caring, compassion, and humor on those who encountered him whether in the legal community, insurance industry, real estate community, his family, friends, and of course, his partners here at Black, Compean & Hall L.L.P.

Bob began his practice of law in 1981 handling both insurance defense and insurance coverage matters. In 1985, Bob focused his practice primarily on insurance coverage matters, representing insurance companies involving numerous types of claims, including construction defect, land subsidence, business torts, environmental litigation, professional liability, automobile, automobile dealership, workers' compensation and directors and officers issues. He was well known and liked throughout the insurance coverage community, and was retained both by insurers and policyholders as an insurance consultant and expert. He eventually became a partner in the law firm of Clausen & Campbell before forming what is now Black, Compean & Hall L.L.P. in 1991. He fully enjoyed developing his practice in insurance law and mentoring new associates of the firm until he decided to retire from the practice of law in 2004.

Prior to commencing his law career, Mr. Black was Senior Vice President of Spring Realty, a major real estate development, mortgage, title, and brokerage company. A graduate of Occidental College, he played varsity football, was team captain, and is in the Occidental Football Hall of Fame. He taught and coached football, at the junior high and high school level, and as head coach at Occidental College, the team won a conference championship.

He earned his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law while working full-time, and graduated cum laude in 1980.

The oldest son of Robert and Martha Black's three children, Bob was born in Torrance,
California in 1941. In 1996, Bob married Midge Lovering, a second marriage for both. They biked, birded, skied, traveled, loved music and art and treasured their grandchildren. After retiring, Bob moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2006 where he volunteered as a mediation trainer at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention facility. He was an Audubon Society volunteer and spent Wednesdays in the field with his birding buddies.

As his partners, we not only collaborated on cases and legal issues, but also enjoyed hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and socializing together.

In 2007, Bob learned that he had a genetic deficiency disease which ultimately caused his death. As an informed patient he found ways to live well, despite his health constraints.

Bob was beloved by his family, including: his wife, Midge; his daughter, Kim and her family; his son, Bob; his two sisters, Sabra and Pam, and their families; his stepsons, Kris and Tim, and their families; and his grandchildren, Dante, Isaac Washington, and Ava Grace.

In tribute, his adored daughter Kim said, "I have yet to meet a more authentic person. Funny, self-deprecating, joyful, playful, honest, gentle." Bob was always true to himself. He always kept alive a youthful, generous spirit and sense of fair play.

Bob's knowledge, wisdom, kindness, and problem solving ability will be missed by all of us here at the firm he helped to start some 20 years ago.

Donations in Bob Black's name may be made to the Rogue Valley Audubon Society www.roguevalleyaudubon.org and The American Civil Liberties Union www.aclu.org.

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