D Robert Black, Esq
President Athena Private Capital
Mr. Black’s former client assignments and interesting cases include;
Serving as a director of the American University of the Caribbean (“AUC”), an allopathic medical school located in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. He subsequently resigned from the AUC board to assume a greater role in the management of a number of legal and development projects involving the School and its principals. The American University of the Caribbean was recognized by the Accreditation Commission of Colleges of Medicine, an accrediting agency determined by the United States Secretary of Education to have accrediting standards for medical education comparable to those of the United States. DeVry Education Group (DV-NYSE) purchased AUC in 2011.
Assisting lead counsel and trial team for the American University of the Caribbean Companies through protracted litigation in courts around the world that resulted the defeat of all opposing claims; a recovery of $100 million; an award of $3.4 million in attorneys’ fees as sanctions for fraud on the court against the prime opposing party; and a treble damage recovery against the opposing parties for sums taken. Legal issues turned on the laws of Florida, Delaware, the U.S., the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Nevis, St. Maarten, and Taiwan. See, e.g.: Wachovia Bank, etc., 534 F. Supp.2d 1267 (S.D. Fla. 2007).
Significant involvement, since inception in 2006, with a successful effort to establish one of the newer osteopathic medical colleges in the United States, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Parker Colorado. Upon the admission of the first class of 150 students in 2008, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine was believed to be the only for-profit medical school established in the United States in the last century. The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine received full accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (“COCA”), an affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association (“AOA”), in 2012. Licensed osteopathic physicians enjoy full medical practice rights in all 50 states, and Rocky Vista University (“RVU”) graduated the inaugural class in Spring 2012. Mr. Black was instrumental in liaising with the AOA during the application and early development phases of the RVU project.