Bonita K. Black
(502) 423-2040
Office: Louisville
J.D. Harvard Law School
B.A. University of Kentucky
Licensure: KY | NJ | NY
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Bonita Black focuses her practice in the areas of general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions and divestitures, and corporate, structured, and municipal finance law.  She has experience in formation and corporate governance compliance issues, municipal securities law, tax exempt financings, securitization transactions, debt and equity offerings, governmental bonds, telecommunications regulatory issues, and real estate finance.  Ms. Black has extensive experience assisting local and regional non-profit organizations with their legal matters, including formation and board governance, policy and procedure development, creative financing and tax issues. 

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2001-2014 Frost Brown Todd LLC
1997-2001 LG&E Energy Corporation
1991-1997 Kutak Rock
1988-1991 Wood, Williams, Rafalsky & Harris
1984-1988 Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Louisville Bar Association Public Finance Incentives

Speaker, Lexis-Nexis Females and Rainmaking

Speaker, Non-profit Board Governance Issues

Key Experience

Served as bond and disclosure counsel for a utility in several bond issuances and drafted their new indenture for their bond program
Counsel to a public utility company in several financings, including a cross-border lease transaction and a securitization transaction. The securitization was a first to use utility payments.
Served as general counsel to a non-profit company in the area of corporate governance and transactions

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
2018 Business Women First, Woman of Influence, Louisville Business First
Affordable Housing and Community Development Committee, Corporate and Taxation Committees, American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Editorial Board Bar Briefs, Chair, Corporate Law Section, Louisville Bar Association 2009
New York State Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2012-2014
Hispanic National Bar Association
English Speaking Union Scholar, Oxford University, Exeter College
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Municipal Affairs Committee and Housing and Urban Development Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York County Lawyers Association
Graduated summa cum laude, University of Kentucky