• 06.11.15

    Brendan M. Kenny Presents at NorCal eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat

    On April 27, 2015, Brendan M. Kenny presented on a panel at the NorCal eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat in Napa, California. The title of the panel discussion was “Social Media – eDiscovery’s ‘friend?’” Kenny stressed that lawyers should understand how to find, preserve, and authenticate social-media evidence. He also described the unique legal challenges that companies face as they attempt to communicate with consumers on social media without losing control of their brands. Brendan M. Kenny is the founder of the Twin Cities E-Discovery Forum and a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program’s National Outreach Committee. He…
  • 06.01.15

    Firm Associate Emily Ambrose Publishes Article on Legal Writing in ABA’s Commercial & Business Litigation Newsletter

    Associate Emily Ambrose published The Art of Writing A Persuasive Fact Section in the American Bar Association’s Commercial & Business Litigation Newsletter. The article addresses the critical, but often underappreciated, section of all legal briefs – the fact section.  It provides advice and specific examples for drafting a fact section that will provide the judge with the framework and factual basis he or she will need to decide the case in your client’s favor.Emily Ambrose is an active member of the ABA Section of Litigation and serves as co-chair for the LGBT Litigator Committee. She received the award of outstanding…
  • 04.29.15

    Partner Mary S. Young and Associate Adebisi Wilson featured in special “Next Generation” edition of Attorney at Law Magazine

    Since its 2014 launch, the Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association (MMAA), founded by Blackwell Burke P.A. attorneys Mary S. Young and Adebisi A. Wilson, has made its mark in the Twin Cities legal community.  MMAA now boasts nearly 100 members striving to bring to life the organization’s mission of promoting the professional development of mother attorneys by capitalizing on the special opportunities and skills that arise from motherhood to drive career excellence.  “The intersection of motherhood and the practice of law creates many common experiences, and there is momentum that comes from building on that commonality.  The goal of MMAA has…
  • 03.27.15

    Peter J. Goss Quoted on Sanctions Order against Chinese Drywall Manufacturer

    Law360 quoted Peter Goss in an article on recent efforts by a Chinese drywall manufacturer, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., to resolve a $2.7 million default judgment and sanctions order against the company.  Goss noted that “It took some extreme measures to bring Taishan to [the] table, but it shows that if you're going to be successful suing a Chinese company [in the U.S.], this is what it may take."  The article is available to Law360 subscribers here . Mr. Goss focuses his national practice on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation and toxic torts. He has represented global pharmaceutical, medical technology, and chemical firms in hundreds of…
  • 03.16.15

    Peter J. Goss Discusses State of Pelvic Mesh MDLs

    Law360 quoted Peter Goss in an article on the present state of the Pelvic Mesh multi-district litigation in West Virginia federal court.  Goss noted that recent settlements of cases selected for bellwether trials suggests that the parties have not yet found a case that both sides want to try.  “[T]he cases that get tried are the ones where both sides feel they have a more or less even chance of winning or losing,” said Goss.  The article is available to Law360 subscribers here.  Mr. Goss focuses his national practice on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation and toxic torts. He has represented major pharmaceutical, medical technology, and chemical firms…
  • 03.12.15

    Peter J. Goss Comments on Philadelphia Risperdal Verdict

    Peter Goss commented for Law360 on the implications of a $2.5 million Philadelphia County  jury award for Johnson & Johnson’s defense of other Risperdal personal injury claims in other parts of the country.  “I would not make any predictions about what will happen elsewhere based on this Philadelphia County verdict,” Goss said. “J&J faced an uphill battle when the court limited their expert’s testimony regarding Risperdal's FDA approvals and the corresponding benefits of the drug. Plus, plaintiffs were allowed to introduce a new causation expert in the middle of trial. J&J may not have to face the same handicaps in other jurisdictions, and a defense verdict may be…

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