Judge Black graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. While in college, he was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies. Following graduation, he worked for two years for the Chicago, Illinois, office of Price Waterhouse where he earned the designation of certified public accountant.
In 1983 Judge Black graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and entered private practice in Chicago. In 1985 he accepted an offer of employment with the Tampa office of the Macfarlane Ferguson law firm. In 1988 he was admitted to partnership. In 1992 Judge Black cofounded Black & Jung, P.A., where he continued to practice as a civil trial attorney until 2000 when he became a sole practitioner.
While in private practice, Judge Black became board certified in Civil Trial Law and earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He also served as a certified mediator, and he represented several NFL football players as a Certified National Football League Player Agent. He also served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at the University of Tampa.
Judge Black practiced law for nineteen years before being appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in 2002 by Governor Jeb Bush. He was reelected to the circuit court bench in 2004 without opposition where he served until April 2010 when Governor Charlie Crist appointed him to the appellate bench. Judge Black was retained by the electorate in 2012.
Judge Black has authored several articles for The Florida Bar Journal, and he has been active in the Hillsborough County Bar Association. In addition, he has served as president of the Tampa Bay Inn of Court and is currently a member of the Bruce R. Jacob Criminal Appellate American Inn of Court. Judge Black has served on numerous boards of directors in the Tampa Bay area. Also he is currently serving on the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases and has served on the Subcommittee on Postconviction Relief as appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Judge Black is married with two children. He enjoys travel and long-distance running, and has competed in numerous road-racing events, including nine Boston Marathons.