Joanna Lin Black has been a partner at Adkins Black since 2005. Before joining the firm, she served as vice president and general counsel for Xcyte Therapies, Inc., a public biotechnology company, where she managed all legal affairs including drafting and negotiating clinical trials agreements, patent licensing agreements, and complex commercial agreements. She also oversaw the company’s initial public offering, public convertible preferred stock financing, and corporate securities compliance.
Prior to joining Xcyte, Joanna worked as an associate for both Venture Law Group and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she represented high technology, telecommunications, and biotechnology companies in a wide variety of issues including financings, corporate governance, employment issues, commercial bank loan agreements and corporate dissolution matters.
Joanna earned her A.B. in economics and public policy from Stanford University and received her JD in 1997 from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Born and raised in Chicago, Joanna is also living proof that inside every great lawyer there lurks a great actor since she had a small speaking part in the acclaimed Gore Verbinski horror film, The Ring. She is married to attorney Neal Black and they are the proud parents of two sons.