We are Blackwell Burke

A powerful, efficient and diverse trial firm with a national practice and winning record.

Our litigators and trial lawyers are true players in the Fortune 500 legal market. We handle high-stakes complex litigation, class actions, and trials.  Our attorneys and firm cases appear in major news outlets such as CNN, The Economist, and Law360. We represent clients in the most challenging litigation, often involving novel legal or scientific issues.

Our firm was founded in 2006 by current chairman Jerry W. Blackwell and prominent Minneapolis trial attorney Martin “Skip” Burke. Mr. Burke passed away in January 2016.

Our Awards

Top honors for our attorneys and firm.


Our attorneys have been honored to receive numerous awards and recognitions, including: Benchmark Litigation Minnesota “ Litigation Stars”,BTI “Client Service All-Star MVP”; Burton Award for Legal Achievement; “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences; recognition in multiple editions of The Best Lawyers in America©; “Leading Lawyer for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense” by The Legal 500; Minnesota Attorney of the Year; Minnesota Minority Business Owner of the Year; Minnesota Equal Justice Award; inclusion on Minnesota “Rising Stars” and “Super Lawyers®” lists; and “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer. These recognitions are rare and typically awarded to attorneys at large, majority-owned law firms.

The firm has been ranked as "highly recommended" by Benchmark Litigation, 2015; named "Brand Elite" firm by BTI; and honored as a “Go-To Law Firm” for the Top 500 Companies by Corporate Counsel magazine. Our firm also received the Excellence in Service Award from General Mills, Inc.

Our Clients

We represent major corporations nationwide. We currently or have recently served as national counsel, national coordinating counsel, national trial counsel, or lead counsel for top companies all across the country.

ConAgra FoodsExxon MobilGeneral MillsGracoIBM Medtronic

Blackwell Burke is powerful, efficient and diverse.

Why Blackwell Burke