Hugo Black III

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Hugo Lafayette "Hugh" Black III (born July 15, 1953 in Birmingham; died September 29, 2007 in Coconut Grove, Florida) was an attorney and grandson of U.S. Supreme Court justice Hugo Black.

Black was the son of Hugo Black, Jr and his wife, the former Bessie Hobson. The family relocated to Pinecrest, Florida after receiving threats in the wake of the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas to require desegregation of public schools. Black graduated as valedictorian of Palmetto High School in 1971 and attended Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Black clerked for Appeals Court judge Patrick Higginbotham. In 1976 he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, serving one two-year term. He joined the firm of Rosenfield, Mayer & Susman as a partner in 1984, then left to join the Los Angeles entertainment law group of Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Silverman in 1993.

Black returned to Miami in 1995 to work in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, primarily prosecuting fraud cases. He married Jeannine Crowell on October 16, 1996. They had no children.

Black died unexpectedly at his home in Coconut Grove in 2007 from gastrointestinal bleeding.