John Black

John E. Black, Jr.



John Black is a leading insurance law attorney, with over twenty-five years of experience in insurance law and regulation. He regularly counsels international and domestic insurers on liability and insurance issues arising from director and officer liability, professional liability, public official liability, insurance company liability, mutual fund and investment adviser liability, and media, technology and privacy insurance. John represents major insurers as coverage counsel in national programs affording insurance for such coverages, and advises corporations and associations on their legal exposures in these areas.

A substantial part of John’s practice focuses on information security and privacy law, media liability and e-commerce and related insurance coverages. He assists insurers in drafting and interpreting insurance policies for first-party and third-party privacy risks, technology errors and omissions and media liability, and handling claims under these policies, including claims for data breach remediation and notification, data destruction, and civil litigation and regulatory investigations involving privacy breaches.

John speaks and writes frequently on legal and insurance issues concerning privacy and information security and directors’ and officers’ liability. John co-authored the chapter on information security in the Revised Internet Law for the Business Lawyer (2d ed. 2012), which was updated and re-published in RFID, Near Field Communications and Mobile Payments – A Guide for Lawyers (2013), by the ABA Business Law Section, Cyberspace Law Committee. John is the chairman of the ABA Cyberspace Law Committee's Current Law Task Force.

John conducts in-house training sessions for clients, and is often invited to speak before legal and insurance organizations including the Chicago Bar Association and the CPCU. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and holds a CIPP/US certification. John is a featured commentator for the Insurance Risk Management Institute on directors’ and officers’ liability and insurance.

John is a member of Skarzynski Marick's Executive Committee.



  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2018-2019

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice, Science &Technology Law and Business Law Sections and Cyberspace Law Committee, Member.
  • Professional Liability Underwriter Society (PLUS), Co-Chair of the Chapter Development Committee, Midwest Chapter Steering Committee, Past Chairman. 
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).


Publications & PRESENTATIONS

  • Cyber Liability and Cyber Insurance, PLUS University (August 2019), Moderator and Panelist.
  • Cyber Liability, PLUS University (August 2018), Moderator and Panelist.
  • Evolving Cyber Risk – An Insurance Perspective, Windy City Summit (May 23, 2018), Moderator and Panelist.
  • Cyber Roundtable, PLUS Webinar (April 25, 2018), Moderator and Panelist.
  • Privacy Developments: Private Litigation, Enforcement Actions, and Settlements, The Business Lawyer (Winter 2017-2018), Co-Author.
  • Emerging Trends as Cyber Insurance Comes of Age, Cyber Security Practitioner (February 2017), Co-Author.
  • CLE Presentation: Cyber Risk Insurance: Exposures and Claim Trends (2017), Co-Presenter.
  • Privacy Developments: Private Litigation, Enforcement Actions, Legislation, and Administrative Actions, The Business Lawyer (Winter 2016-2017), Co-Author.
  • The Sharing Economy: A New Frontier in Management Liability? (July 2016), available at, Co-Author.
  • Who Am I Talking To?”— The Regulation of Voice Data Collected by Connected Consumer Products, Business Law Today, American Bar Association, May 2016, Co-Author.
  • Panelist at the Midwest Plus Chapter: The Breaches are Getting Bigger; The Devices are Getting Smaller (2015), Panelist.
  • Presentation at the CPCU West Suburban Chapter: Trends in Privacy and Insurance (2015), Presenter.
  • Awake at Night: Cyberbreaches and the New Risk to Directors and Officers (October 2014), available at, Co-Author.
  • Presentation at the 2014 Las Vegas PLUS International Conference: Cyber Security & Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for Ds & Os? (2014), Presenter.
  • Developments in Data Security Breach Liability, 69 Bus. Law. 199-207 (November 2013), Author.
  • Privacy Liability and Insurance Developments in 2012, J. Internet L. (March 2013), Author.
  • D&O Litigation Trends in 2012 (February 2013), available at, Author.
  • Near Field Communications and Mobile Payments – A Guide for Lawyers, Information Security ChapterA.B.A. (2013), Co-Author.
  • Presentation at the CPCU West Suburban Chapter: Issues of Privacy Liability and Insurance for Small Businesses (2013), Presenter.
  • Revised Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, Information Security Chapter, A.B.A. (2d ed. 2012), Co-Author.
  • Panelist at the American Bar Association Webinar: Insuring for Data Security Threats: Everything a Business Lawyer Wants to Know But Is Afraid To Ask (2012), Panelist.
  • Chinese D&O Claims-Has the Tide of Claims Crested? (December 2011), available at, Author.
  • Non-Profit Director and Officer Liability, For Profit Director and Officer Liability and Employment Practices Liability Chapters2004 Executive Liability: D&O, Fiduciary, and EPL Insurance Text and Course Guide (4th ed. 2004), Author.
  • Tightening the Reins on Corporate Governance: The Increasing Judicial Scrutiny of Director Care and Independence (August 2003), available at, Author.
  • Presentation at the American Bar Association- Business Law Section Annual Meeting: Liabilities, Rights and Insurance Issues for Directors and Officers of Non-Profit Organizations (April 2003), Presenter.
  • Presentation at the Annual Meeting of NBA Cares, Inc.: Employment Litigation Trends and Risk Management (2002), Presenter.

White Papers

  • Developments in Privacy in the U.S. in 2011 (May 2012)
  • Developments in Privacy in the U.S. in Early 2012 (May 2012)
  • U.S. Developments in Privacy (September 2011)
  • U.S. Legal Developments in Privacy (Early 2011)


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