Councilmember Neal Black
Term Expires December 31, 2025
Councilmember Neal Black has served on the Kirkland City Council since November 2019. He has lived in the Central Houghton neighborhood since 2003 and has lived in Kirkland since 1998.
Current Council Work Group Assignments: Legislative Work Group, Transportation Ad Hoc Work Group
City Committee Assignments: Disability Board, External Committee Assignments: Eastside Transportation Partnership, King County Cities Climate Collaboration Outreach Committee, NORCOM Principals Assembly Delegate Alternate, Regional Crisis Response Agency Principles Assembly, WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council Alternate
Regionally Appointed Committee Assignments: King County Regional Transit Committee Alternate, Regional Law, Safety, and Justice Committee
Councilmember Black received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in May, 2023.
About Councilmember Neal Black: Councilmember Black is a long-time resident of Kirkland having lived in the Lakeview neighborhood, the Everest neighborhood, and now the central Houghton neighborhood. For 10 years he was a fixture at Everest Park where he coached Kirkland American Little League baseball.
Councilmember Black has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He is a licensed member of the bar in Washington and Oregon. He has taught intellectual property and business law courses at the University of Washington School of Law (2009-2016), Seattle University School of Law (2008), and the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics (2007) as an adjunct professor and part-time lecturer.
For over 10 years, Councilmember Black has been a partner at the law firm Adkins Black, where he advises clients in the software technology and interactive entertainment software industries. Before joining Adkins Black, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Square Enix, a global developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. He also previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Emergent Payments, a provider of digital payment solutions for the interactive entertainment software industry. He began his legal career as an associate at the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie in 1998.
Councilmember Black has been involved in public policy and related community service for over 25 years. From 2014-2019, he was the chair of the Public Policy Committee of the King County Bar Association, where he is now a member of the Board of Trustees, addressing issues associated with diversity in the legal profession and equal access to justice. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington Ceasefire, which at that time was the leading organization in Washington advocating for common sense gun safety legislation. Councilmember Black has also worked on public policy for the White House Office on Environmental Policy (1994), the California State Assembly Natural Resources Committee (1993), the US Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Division (1997), and the Environmental Defense Fund (1996) as a law clerk and intern.
Councilmember Black received the 2023 Friend of the Legal Profession Award from the King County Bar Association. The award recognizes Councilmember Black’s role with a small team of King County lawyers who worked nationally to successfully encourage the American legal profession, through the American Bar Association, to adopt an official position that encourages the Justices of the US Supreme Court to adopt their own binding code of ethics.
Councilmember Black was born on Adak Island, near the southwestern tip of Alaska's Aleutian Islands. He grew up in a small town in Central Oregon, and since 1998 has lived in Kirkland with his wife, two sons, and their pet Havanese.
Councilmember Black may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-587-3544. For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, at email@example.com, or 425-587-3007.