Firm chairman Jerry W. Blackwell has been selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2014). Mr. Blackwell’s selection recognizes him as a top product liability defense attorney. Best Lawyers, the definitive guide to legal excellence, is based on a comprehensive survey of almost 50,000 leading attorneys. Corporate Counsel magazine calls Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Mr. Blackwell is a renowned trial lawyer. He serves as national counsel and national trial counsel for major corporations, having represented them in federal and state courts in 47 states and internationally. His practice areas include class action defense, commercial litigation, food industry defense, labor and employment, products liability, and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Blackwell has been named a BTI Client Service MVP (based on three consecutive years as a “Client Service All-Star”), Minnesota Attorney of the Year, and Minnesota Minority Business Owner of the Year. He has received the Minnesota Equal Justice Award and the Kappa Alpha Psi Distinguished Citizen Award. Since 2002, he has consistently been honored as a Super Lawyer. In 2011, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Mr. Blackwell to serve as an at-large member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. He is a founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
Blackwell Burke P.A., a litigation and trial boutique in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serves as national trial and litigation counsel for several Fortune 500 companies. The firm has extensive experience in class action defense, commercial litigation, food industry defense, labor and employment, products liability, toxic tort litigation, and trial practice. The firm has represented corporate clients in practically every jurisdiction in the country, as well as several foreign countries.