Blackwell Burke P.A. has been named Benchmark Litigation’s Minnesota Firm of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The Firm became a four-time winner at Benchmark Litigation’s ninth annual US awards dinner honoring the country’s “most distinguished litigators and their firms” in New York in late February. Few firms in the country have won the State Firm of the Year award four consecutive times, and Blackwell Burke is the only certified minority-owned firm to receive this honor in recent memory.
Blackwell Burke’s 2020 Firm of the Year award sits among the others at Benchmark Litigation’s awards ceremony in New York.
“We’re honored to be named Minnesota’s top litigation firm by Benchmark Litigation for 2020. Blackwell Burke is the only African-American owned law firm of our size that does this type of high stakes litigation work,” said attorney, Spiwe L. Jefferson, who attended the awards dinner and accepted the award. “To receive this award four years in a row showcases our commitment to our clients and the complexity of the high-stakes cases we handle on their behalf. Clients choose us for our excellence and outstanding results as well as our commitment to diversity. We stand shoulder to shoulder with only a small handful of law firms that have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation for four years in a row. We’re proud of this honor and will continue to deliver top-notch solutions for our clients.”
2020: Firm attorney Spiwe L. Jefferson (left) accepts the award from Benchmark Litigation editor, Shailyn Tirado.
As the definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers, Benchmark Litigation bases their Firm of the Year rankings on case evidence, peer reviews, and in-house client feedback. Blackwell Burke was selected from a short list of highly recommended firms in Minnesota, which included Bowman and Brooke LLP, Ciresi Conlin LLP, Robins Kaplan LLP and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. Benchmark Litigation named Blackwell Burke a “Highly Recommended Firm” from 2014 through 2016 before the Firm was recognized as Minnesota Firm of the Year from 2017 to 2020.
2019: Firm partner S. Jamal Faleel (right) accepts the award from Benchmark Litigation managing editor, Michael Rafalowich, at the US Awards dinner
“We’re working hard to assist our Fortune 500 clients as they tackle critical issues related to delivering the best products and services to address customer needs,” said Firm partner, Gerardo “Jerry” Alcazar, who accepted the Benchmark Litigation State Firm of the Year Award in 2018. “Clients are leveraging our first-class litigation insights to mitigate risk while foraging into uncharted territory as we all adjust to new ways of doing business. Winning Firm of the Year four years in a row affirms our commitment to our clients and we’re proud of this honor from Benchmark Litigation.”
2018: Partner Jerry Alcazar proudly displays the award at the US Awards dinner in New York.
Benchmark Litigation has also recognized several Blackwell Burke lawyers. Partners Mary S. Young and Jerry Alcazar have both been named to the 40 & Under Hot List. Firm Founder Jerry W. Blackwell and Partners Jamal Faleel, Corey L. Gordon, Benjamin W. Hulse and Mary Young have all been recognized as Local Litigation Stars.
2017: Former Firm partner Pete Goss (left) accepts the Benchmark Litigation Firm of the Year Award.
About Blackwell Burke P.A.
Blackwell Burke is a certified minority-owned trial firm that represents corporate clients in high stakes class actions, mass torts, MDLs and commercial litigation, both at trial and on appeal. The firm has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top litigation defense firms in the country by BTI, Chambers, Best Lawyers and others. Benchmark Litigation named Blackwell Burke the Minnesota Firm of the Year for the past four consecutive years.