• 03.06.18

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Sponsors Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Gala

    Blackwell Burke P.A. was proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 13th annual Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) gala, which was held on March 2, 2018, in Minneapolis. The event honored Tamara Caban-Ramirez and Senator Melisa Lopez Franzen, recipients of the 2018 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award. Named for one of the founders and first president of the MHBA, The Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award recognizes leaders who go beyond personal achievement and strive to empower the community and advance social change and the capacity of others to improve the wellbeing and prosperity of the Latino community.…
  • 02.20.18

    Two New Attorneys Join Blackwell Burke P.A.

    Two new litigators, Ted Hartman and Patrick Hauswald, recently joined Blackwell Burke P.A., deepening the already-diverse skill set at the boutique law firm. About Ted Hartman Ted Hartman brings litigation experience in products liability, premises liability, commercial litigation, real estate law, and contract disputes. Before joining Blackwell Burke P.A., Hartman spent two years in private practice and then served as in-house counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, where he worked on high-stakes litigation involving contract disputes and real estate law in federal and state courts. Hartman earned his B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2008 (magna cum laude)…
  • 01.11.18

    Jerry Blackwell on Selection Committee Appointing First Hmong Judge in Minnesota

    Continuing his commitment to diversity in the courtroom, Blackwell Burke founder Jerry Blackwell was part of Governor Mark Dayton’s Judicial Selection Commission that recommended the appointment of Minnesota’s first Hmong judge, Sophia Vuelo. “It’s important in a system of justice that the judges that get appointed reflect the ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of our state as a whole,” Blackwell said, during a recent interview on KARE-11 for a report about increasing diversity in the courtroom. Vuelo’s appointment is the latest chapter of an increasingly diverse bench in Minnesota. Under Dayton’s watch, the number of judges of color has increased…
  • 10.18.17

    Jerry W. Blackwell Wins Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion Award

    The first annual Minnesota Lawyer-Diversity & Inclusion Awards honor those who have contributed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the practice of law, going above and beyond in creating a more diverse and inclusive community. When Jerry Blackwell founded Blackwell Burke P.A., he wove excellence and diversity into the firm’s DNA based on his longstanding commitment to both: “I wanted to build a law firm doing institutional work where diversity lives as a leadership priority and to be an example of how a diverse environment can work in fact and not just as a marketing slogan or aspirational…
  • 09.27.17

    Three Blackwell Burke P.A. Attorneys Listed on the Benchmark Litigation 2017 “Under 40 Hotlist”

    The Benchmark Litigation “2017 40 under 40 List” honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger.  Blackwell Burke P.A. is proud of its three attorneys receiving this recognition. Gerardo “Jerry” Alcazar’s practice includes products liability, commercial litigation, and other complex matters often involving high stakes litigation. He serves as national trial and litigation counsel for a U.S. Fortune 100 global innovation conglomerate, defending against allegations of negligent design and manufacture in safety and chemical products nationwide. Jamal Faleel’s national practice includes representing Fortune 500 companies in complex, high-stakes litigation, with a…
  • 05.31.17

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Secures Dismissal of Putative, National Window Class Action

    Blackwell Burke P.A. recently secured a complete defense victory on behalf of a national window manufacturer. Plaintiffs alleged negligent product design and manufacture, breach of express and implied warranties, and fraud, on behalf of a putative, national consumer class in a Minnesota federal district court. The lawsuit arose from plaintiffs’ contention that the insulated glass units in their windows had failed, and that the remedies provided by the manufacturer under the terms of the applicable warranties were inadequate. Plaintiffs sought to void the warranties, arguing, inter alia, that they were unconscionable and failed of their essential purpose. Blackwell Burke P.A.,…

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