About Ray Black


  • Ray Black for JudgeBaylor University, 1990 (BBA; double major in Finance and Real Estate)
    • Member: Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, 1994 (JD; cum laude)
    • Member: South Texas Law Review (Assistant Note and Comment Editor)
    • Published as a law student: Comment, “Mary Carter Agreements Are Void in Texas as Contrary to Public Policy, Elbaor v. Smith, 845 S.W.2d 240 (Tex. 1992)” - 35 S.Tex. Law Rev. 183 (1994)
    • Recipient: Best Article Award for South Texas Law Review
    • Order of the Lytae
    • While in law school: Internship, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Hon. Charles F. Baird (1993)


  • The Black Law Firm (2005–present)
  • Cenatiempo & Ditta, L.L.P., Houston, Texas (and its predecessor), Partner (1995–2005)
  • Briefing Attorney, Court of Appeals, Second Judicial District of Texas, Hon. Hal M. Lattimore (1994-95)
  • Memberships:
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association
    • Garland Walker Inns of Court
    • Attorneys in Tax and Probate
    • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELAA) - Board member
  • Certified by State Bar of Texas to serve as attorney/ guardian ad litem
    • Frequently appointed as attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, guardian, and administrator. Has managed multi-million dollar estates
  • Practice is primarily complex probate, trust and guardianship administration, and fiduciary litigation
  • Frequent author/speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars


  • 4th generation Texan
  • Little League coach and umpire, soccer coach
  • Parent volunteer at children’s school
  • Married to Catherine
  • Two Children: Reid and Christopher (CJ)

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