Blackwell Burke P.A. Founder and CEO, Jerry W. Blackwell, has joined the ranks of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers which identifies an elite group of trial lawyers in the United States. Previously, Blackwell was also named a Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Star.
Though he is a new addition to this list, Blackwell has long served as trial and national counsel for major corporations throughout his career.
“One of the country’s most prominent African-American trial lawyers, Blackwell is a frequent speaker on a variety of litigation topics, including the development of winning trial strategies. Among his recent matters, Blackwell was lead partner in securing a landmark victory for 3M in multi-district litigation concerning its ‘Bair Hugger’ forced-air warming blanket litigation, succeeding in having more than 5,000 individual cases against the company dismissed,” stated a Benchmark Litigation article.
Blackwell won the landmark victory for 3M Company in the federal Bair HuggerTM MDL, securing dismissal of one of the 10 largest multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the country. He also won a complete defense verdict for 3M in the first product liability MDL bellwether trial in Minnesota Federal District Court. Blackwell has also won jury verdicts in jurisdictions around the country, including some considered “judicial hellholes”, such as St. Louis, Missouri, Los Angeles County, and Madison County, Illinois.
Most recently, Jerry Blackwell secured Minnesota’s first-ever posthumous pardon for Max Mason, a black man who was falsely accused of raping a white woman 100 years ago.
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About Jerry W. Blackwell
Jerry W. Blackwell serves as national and trial counsel for several major corporations and has litigated in federal and state courts in 47 states and internationally. He is an experienced trial lawyer with nationwide experience defending class actions, toxic tort, commercial disputes, products liability, and other high stakes complex cases. Mr. Blackwell has numerous winning jury verdicts and favorable settlements to his credit. He is a frequent presenter on winning trial strategies and how to communicate complicated legal, scientific, and business issues to jurors.
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 in each of the last four years.