• 08.29.13

    Jerry W. Blackwell Honored By The Best Lawyers in America©

    Firm chairman Jerry W. Blackwell was recently selected for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2014).  Mr. Blackwell’s selection recognizes him as a top product liability defense attorney.  Since first being published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is one of the most visible peer-review publications in the legal profession. Because inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not…
  • 07.30.13

    Brendan M. Kenny Named an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer

    Minnesota Lawyer has honored Blackwell Burke P.A. associate Brendan M. Kenny by naming him a 2013 “Up & Coming Attorney.”  The “Up & Coming Attorney” recognition highlights those lawyers within their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. The criteria for selection are: professional accomplishment, leadership service to the community and the profession or achievement as in house counsel.  Award winners are selected from nominations received from throughout Minnesota.  Mr. Kenny is being honored for his creation of the Twin Cities E-Discovery Forum.  He will be profiled in a special feature magazine of Minnesota Lawyer on Monday,…
  • 07.08.13

    Firm Founder Jerry W. Blackwell Named to the 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers List

    Blackwell Burke P.A. chairman Jerry W. Blackwell has been selected to the 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers list.  He has been named to the Super Lawyer list every year since 2002.  The honor recognizes outstanding attorneys through independent research and peer nominations.  Only 5 percent of attorneys statewide receive the honor. Mr. Blackwell is an accomplished trial lawyer.  He serves as national counsel and national trial counsel for major corporations, having represented them in federal and state courts in 47 states and internationally.   His practice areas include class action defense, commercial litigation, food industry defense, labor and employment, products liability, and…
  • 07.01.13

    Peter J. Goss Named “Life Sciences Star” in 2013 Edition of Legal Media Group’s Guide to Life Sciences Practitioners

    Blackwell Burke P.A. partner, Peter J. Goss, has been named a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences in their 2013 edition. LMG Life Sciences is a resource for corporate leaders, in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, to identify outstanding life sciences attorneys.  The award recognizes preeminent life sciences attorneys nationwide based on peer recognition and editorial research. Mr. Goss focuses his national practice on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability and toxic tort litigation. He has represented major pharmaceutical, medical technology, and other manufacturers in hundreds of cases. Mr. Goss, who has won several published Daubert decisions, often…
  • 07.01.13

    Brendan M. Kenny Writes Forum Non Conveniens Articles for Drug and Device Law Blog

    The Drug and Device Law Blog, one of the premier legal blogs, posted an article by Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny analyzing recent decisions by Illinois appellate courts regarding civil defendants' forum non conveniens motions. This is the second article that Mr. Kenny has written for the blog, and his articles have received more views on the blog than any other article in the blog's seven year history.  Mr. Kenny analyzed the effect that the Illinois Supreme Court's recent Fennell v. Illinois Central Railroad Company decision is having on the appellate courts' review of district courts' forum non conveniens decisions. He concludes that appellate courts are applying Fennell's…
  • 06.12.13

    Brendan M. Kenny to be Featured on E-Discovery Webinar

    Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny will be featured on an “E-Discovery Trends Across the Federal Circuits” webcast on June 12, 2013.  He will discuss proportionality, culpability, and e-discovery state-law trends. More information about the webinar can be found on Exterro's website. Brendan M. Kenny is the founder of the Twin Cities E-Discovery Forum and a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program's National Outreach Committee. Before joining Blackwell Burke P.A., Mr. Kenny was a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office in San Francisco. As a Deputy Attorney General, he gained first-chair trial experience in…

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