• 06.25.20

    Andrew Crowder Wins Eighth Circuit Appeal—and Right to Immigration Hearing—for Pro Bono Client

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Attorney Andrew “Andy” Crowder partnered with the University of Minnesota Law School’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans and Robins Kaplan LLP to represent a U.S. permanent resident and Ethiopian citizen in her case before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Amreya Rahmeto Shefa was convicted of first-degree manslaughter after killing her abusive husband and served five years in prison, as the crime exceeded the scope of self-defense in Minnesota. In 2017, Ms. Shefa was ordered to be deported from the United States after serving her time.  Leading Ms. Shefa’s defense, Crowder argued that Ms. Shefa…
  • 06.15.20

    Blackwell Burke Collaborates with Community to Secure First Posthumous Pardon in Minnesota History

    Blackwell Burke P.A. collaborated with the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc., the Minnesota Historical Society, members of the Federal Bar, and other supporters, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the wrongful criminal conviction of Max Mason and the brutal lynching of three Black circus workers in Duluth – the only lynchings in Minnesota’s history.  Firm Founder and CEO, Jerry W. Blackwell, led a request for the posthumous pardon of Max Mason, a man who was accused of rape 100 years ago, in front of the Minnesota Board of Pardons on June 12. Governor Tim Walz, state Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven…
  • 05.27.20

    Chambers USA recognizes Blackwell Burke and Firm Founder Jerry W. Blackwell

    Blackwell Burke P.A. has been ranked by Chambers and Partners in the Minnesota commercial litigation category for the first time after being recognized as a leading firm in the previous two years. Additionally, Firm Founder, Jerry W. Blackwell, was a ranked attorney for the third year in a row. Chambers ranks law firms and attorneys based on the nature and complexity of recent work, heavily weighted by client feedback in their annual legal guide Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers noted that the Blackwell Burke team is known for being a “litigation firm with a strong reputation for…
  • 05.20.20

    Blackwell Burke Named Minnesota Firm of the Year for the Fourth Consecutive Year

    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.…
  • 05.08.20

    Breaking the Ice with Jerry Alcazar

    Minnesota Lawyer Magazine authors a series called Breaking the Ice, in which it shines a spotlight on Minnesota lawyers, discussing their interests, passions, and various approaches to the practice of law. The magazine recently interviewed Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney, Gerardo “Jerry” Alcazar, who uses creativity to connect with jurors in representing Fortune 500 clients in his national products liability defense practice. He uses graphics, pictures and other creative elements in presenting his case to reach jurors in a way that simply making a speech might not. Get to know Jerry Alcazar. Read the Minnesota Lawyer article.   About Gerardo “Jerry”…
  • 05.01.20

    Amarachi Ihejirika Named to The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

    Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Amarachi Ihejirika has joined the ranks of The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. This honor includes a select group of lawyers, by invitation only, who have “demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.” Ihejirika’s selection makes her one of only 40 attorneys in Minnesota to receive this honor. “I’m honored to be recognized by The National Black Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 lawyer in Minnesota,” said Ihejirika. “Being at Blackwell Burke and having the opportunity to work on complex and high-stakes matters has been a rewarding experience. I am…

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