Kathryn A. Black

Ms. Black represents private business entities and non-profit corporations, including real estate developers, Alaska Native corporations, nonprofit religious and charitable organizations, and national business entities, in the negotiation and drafting of contracts, the formation of business organizations (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures), environmental law (particularly as it relates to real property transactions), the negotiation and drafting of leases, and the analysis of Native law issues relative to Native land located in Alaska. Ms. Black has frequently represented healthcare professionals with respect to the purchase and sale of healthcare businesses and the attendant regulatory analysis and compliance, non-compete agreements, formation of professional corporations and limited liability companies (including bylaws, shareholder agreements, and operating agreements), purchasing or leasing of commercial office space, and other business related needs.

Ms. Black’s practice consists of representation of financial institutions in all aspects of loan documentation and collections, including in-depth knowledge of bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, secured transactions, real estate financing, commercial loan documentation, foreclosures, repossessions, and the law of banking.

Ms. Black represents many private business entities and financial institutions with respect to oil and gas interests in Alaska. This representation includes preparation of financing documents in transactions collateralized by oil and gas interests and mining interests, review and analysis of oil and gas title opinions, negotiation and preparation of oil and gas leases, negotiation and preparation of exploration agreements, and negotiation and preparation of mining leases.


University of Santa Clara School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1979)
University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A., 1973)
University of San Francisco

Admitted to Practice


Awards and Honors

Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers from 2008 to 2017 in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate
AV ranked by Martindale-Hubbell from 1999 to present
Listed in “Best Lawyers” since 2006 in the practice areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions


Co-Author, “Emerging Doctrines of Fiduciary Responsibility of Credit Union Officials,” The Business Lawyer, Vol. 40/Issue 3, May 1985.
Co-Author, “When Worlds Collide: Alaska Native Corporations and the Bankruptcy Code,” Alaska Law Review, Vol. VI, Issue 1, June 1989.

Professional and Community Activities

American Bar Association
Alaska Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Business Law Sections