Lynda Wray Black

Lynda Wray Black

Attorney of Counsel



Lynda Wray Black practices in the areas of estate and gift taxation, estate planning, probate, family law, guardian/conservatorship law, and assisted reproductive technology law. Ms. Black is a member of the firm’s fertility law group. She was admitted to the state bar of New York in 1990 and the state bar of Tennessee in 1996.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Ms. Black received a B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Memphis in 1986. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School in 1989. Ms. Black is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, having been on the faculty since 1997 first as an adjunct professor and joining the full-time faculty in 2010. At the University of Memphis School of Law, Ms. Black has taught courses in Reproductive Rights, Family Law, Estate Planning, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, Trust Law, and Decedents’ Estates. 

Memberships include the Memphis and American Bar Associations, including sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Family Law.

Publications and Presentations:

  • Author, The Birth of a Parent: Defining Parentage for Lenders of Genetic Material, Nebraska Law Review, Volume 92.4 (June 2014)
  • Author, The Long Arm’s Inappropriate Embrace, St. John’s Law Review, Volume 91.1 (August 2017)
  • Author, Chapter 10: Khabbaz v. Comm’r Soc. Sec. Admin., 930 A.2d 1180 (N.H. 2007) in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Trust and Estates Opinions (Deborah S. Gordon, et al, ed. 2020)
  • Co-author, Preserving Procreative Potential with a SmART Prenuptial Agreement, 15 FIU Law Review (forthcoming 2021)
  • “Baby Steps in Surrogacy Law,” 2019 Memphis Bar Association Bench Bar Convention

Attorneys Licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, & New York

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Memphis, TN 38117
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