Block was born in 1911 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He attended Yale University, receiving his A.B. in 1933. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1936.
Upon graduation in 1936, Block moved to Chicago to join the firm of Poppenheusen, Johnston, Thompson and Cole (the predecessor firm of Jenner & Block). He became a partner at the law firm in 1948, and a name partner in 1964, when the firm became known as "Jenner & Block".
Block's practice focused on antitrust and securities litigation and takeovers, for clients such as Flying Tiger Line and Gulf+Western. Although he mainly focused on corporate transactions, his securities litigation practice did see him occasionally in court, even arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States, e.g. in Surowitz v. Hilton Hotels Corp., 383 U.S. 363 (1966).
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“Being dismantled before our eyes are not just individual programs that politicians cite as too expensive but the whole idea that society has a stake in the well-being of children down the block and the security of families on the other side of town. Whether or not kids eat well, are nurtured and have a roof over their heads is not just a consequence of how their parents behave. It is also a responsibility of societybut now apparently a diminishing one.”
—Richard B. Stolley (20th century)