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Is Lea Black still Miami’s Queen Bee? “The Real Housewives Of Miami” season 2 proves Queen Lea is still reigning.

Lisa Lea Haller Black is a Texas native, Black is a dedicated mom, devoted wife, committed philanthropist and businesswoman.

Lea is one of the stars on the Bravo cable network reality series “The Real Housewives of Miami.”

Lea also developed multiple health and beauty product lines, launched a chain of gyms, and was the subject of a 2008 documentary about philanthropy entitled, “The Fundraiser.”

Lea is founder of the annual Blacks Gala, which she turned into one of Miami’s landmark social events and an opportunity to raise millions of dollars over the past fifteen years for her Consequences Charity.

Married to Roy Black, one of the most prominent criminal defense attorneys in the country and raising their 9-year-old son, Lea has a reputation as a community leader.

A criminal defense attorney for more than 40 years, Roy has handled high-profile clients in Florida and throughout the United States during his career. Some of Black’s most recognizable clients include William Kennedy Smith, nephew of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy.

William had a few drinks at a bar in Palm Beach, FL on Good Friday March 29, 2001 with uncle Teddy and his cousin Patrick. After heading to a beach house with friends he later went on a beach stroll with a 29-year-old woman he had just met, Patricia Bowman.  During this private escapade Bowman claimed that she was raped by Smith.  While Smith did acknowledge that the two had sex that evening he argued it was consensual.

What fueled the fire of speculation and sensationalism with this trial, along with the Kennedy name, is the fact that three separate women were willing to testify that Smith had sexually assaulted them in various incidents that occurred in the 80′s.  These accusations were never reported to the police and their testimonies were excluded leading to a full acquittal of all charges.

People Magazine ran a write up on how Lisa Lea Haller and Roy Black later became romantically involved following this very public trial. Black and Haller ran into each other at a bar in the Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables about nine months after the trial.

Black had recently separated from his second wife, Naomi Morris Black, whom he had married in 1984 and with whom he has a 10-year-old daughter, his only child. Lea divorced from her first husband since 1983, was romantically involved with her business associate Al Perkins. But when the distinguished attorney asked her to dinner, she accepted.

The article also mentions that Lisa Lea Haller was one of the more outspoken jurors following the trial including an appearance on Donahue.

Roy Black also defended conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh; “Girls Gone WildJoe Francis; and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Black successfully defended Castroneves against charges of income tax evasion in 2009.

2011, Black and his wife are traded up from Coral Gables to Miami Beach’s exclusive Star Island. The Blacks paid $7.1 million for a mansion at 45 Star Island Drive. It was an all-cash transaction.

Initially listed at $19.8 million, the asking price was reduced several times by different brokers over the years.

The two-story, 10,598-square-foot house, built on 1.11 bayfront acres in 1981, has nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms. They have not decided whether to renovate the existing home or tear it down and rebuild.

45 Star Island Drive, Miami Beach

Located on Star Island, this two-story hacienda-style estate encompasses over an acre of land and spans about 125 feet of waterfront along Biscayne Bay.

The grounds of this gated residence offer a pool, an expansive entertaining area and dockage for a large vessel. Inside, the main house consists of seven bedrooms, seven full baths and three half-baths, and guest house that includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Marble and wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, built-ins, and French doors are some of the finishes found throughout this 10,500-plus-square-foot home.

Features

  • 10 bedrooms
  • 9.3 bathrooms
  • 48,374-square-foot lot
  • 10,598-square-foot home
  • 125 feet of Biscayne Bay waterfront
  • Large vessel dockage

The Blacks also still own the home at 832 S. Greenway Drive in Coral Gables, according to Miami-Dade County records. The historic home is known as the Merrick House.

George Merrick was the developer of Coral Gables. One of the earliest real estate developments, Mr. Merrick famously had William Jennings Bryan come and give speeches, to gather crowds.

George would hawk lots. He would take prospective purchasers up in the Tower at the Biltmore Hotel, where they could see the entire development and select their lot.

He brought in actual gondoliers and gondolas from Venice, to take guests from the Biltmore to the beach. Merrick‘s widow Eunice Merrick was the great love of his life, and she outlived her husband by many decades, until the 1990′s.

Lea has an estimated net worth of $65 million.

The Real Housewives of Miami” season 2 will return to Bravo on Thursday, September 13th.

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