Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 46

Date: Nov 14, 2011

Wayne Vincent Black, 1937-2011

Wayne Vincent Black, a partner at Keller and Heckman from 1964-2007, passed away at his home in Dewey Beach, Maryland, on November 9, 2011. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Black graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1959 and was commissioned 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army following his graduation. He joined Keller and Heckman before receiving his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1964.

Mr. Black was the pre-eminent telecom attorney on wireless communications matters for all segments of the energy industry. He served as General Counsel to the Energy Telecommunications and Electric Association (ENTELEC) for more than 30 years and also represented the Telecommunications Committee of the American Petroleum Institute (API) before the Federal Communications Commission for decades. Some of the country's largest corporations as well as emerging companies relied on his counsel and advice. He was widely respected by his clients and peers –as well as the FCC – for his integrity and his effective advocacy. In his honor, ENTELEC created the Wayne V. Black Scholarship upon his retirement in 2007, which is presented annually to a deserving student. Mr. Black was an avid biker, swimmer and runner, and competed successfully in numerous Ironman Triathlon competitions across the globe, including the International Championship Ironman in Hawaii in 2004. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues at Keller and Heckman, his friends and his family, including his wife of 46 years, Ilze, their three children and three grandchildren.

Mr. Black's colleagues recall their fondest memories of working beside him for years.

"I consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to practice telecommunications law with Wayne Black for 33 years. He was an outstanding lawyer, a wonderful mentor to all members of our telecommunications practice group, a true friend, and above all an individual worthy of the highest of tributes-- that of being a genuinely good human being. He will be greatly missed."
-Mike Morrone, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"Wayne Black was a terrific lawyer and a gentleman, a rare combination in Washington, DC. More importantly, to me, he was a great friend, a leader and a mentor. I joined Keller and Heckman 25 years ago in large part because of him."
Jack Richards, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"Wayne lead by example, not only as an attorney and managing partner, but as an individual. His respect and empathy for others was on display every day. As clients, everyone in the firm and others that knew him professionally, I benefited enormously from working with and knowing Wayne."
Doug Jarrett, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"Before my first day back at Keller and Heckman, I attended a seminar where Wayne genuinely and publicly welcomed me back home. Wayne would regularly poke his head into my office to ask how I was doing for no reason other than to be a friend. I consider myself fortunate to have been touched by his humanity. Wayne shall remain an ‘ironman' in my memory."
David Reader, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"Wayne's love of life was obvious every day and contagious. He's been a role model and real inspiration to me."
Tom Magee, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"Last week, we lost an incredible lawyer, friend, mentor, and athlete. Wayne's love for life and his family was inspirational, and he left a lasting impression on everyone he met. I have been touched by his wisdom, kindness, and sense of humor, as well as the dedication that he displayed in all aspects of his life. He will be missed."
Tracy Marshall, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"The thing that has always struck me about Wayne is the number of people who comment (unprompted) about what he meant to them and that those people always use the same words: gentleman, professional, honest. I only knew Wayne for a few years, but he is and will continue to be a model for how to conduct myself as an attorney and as a person."
Greg Kunkle, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

"I worked beside Wayne for a little over a year before he retired, but am constantly reminded of the tremendous impact he had on individuals within our firm, at the Commission and across the industry. I hold him in the highest regard as a gentleman of integrity who helped others and served as a role model and mentor to young attorneys. He will be deeply missed."
Wes Wright, Attorney, Keller and Heckman LLP

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