• 04.23.21

    Attorney Andrew “Andy” Crowder Secures Outstanding Result for Pro Bono Client – Court Agrees 125-Year-Old Pardon Statute Is Unconstitutional

    After successfully winning an appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Attorney Andrew “Andy” Crowder secured another victory for his pro bono client Amreya Shefa. On April 20, a Minnesota court concluded that Minnesota’s 125-year-old pardon statute is unconstitutional. “The unconstitutional statute made Minnesota the only state in the country that required a unanimous vote from a governing body to grant a pardon, and resulted in Minnesota lagging behind every other state in the number of pardons granted each year,” said Crowder. “This is a critical ruling for Ms. Shefa and for everyone seeking redemption and access to justice.…
  • 04.21.21

    BTI Consulting Group Names Blackwell Burke to Client Service A-Team for 2021

    Blackwell Burke is proud to announce that it was named to the BTI Client Service A-Team for the fifth consecutive year. This honor is limited to an elite group of law firms who are recognized for delivering the absolute best levels of client service. BTI’s ranking is based on in-depth interviews from general counsel and top legal decision makers at large organizations with $700 million or more in revenue. BTI measures client service solely from the client perspective. “At Blackwell Burke, client service is a top priority and we put our clients’ best interests first every time. We’re proud that…
  • 04.21.21

    Benchmark Litigation Names Blackwell Burke Minnesota Firm of the Year for Fifth Consecutive Year

    Blackwell Burke P.A. has been named Benchmark Litigation’s Minnesota Firm of the Year for the fifth year in a row. This prestigious award recognizes distinguished firms and litigators across the United States who have performed exceptionally, at both local and national levels. As the definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers, Benchmark Litigation bases the Firm of the Year award on case evidence, extensive interviews with litigators and clients, and analysis of the market’s most important cases. “We are extremely honored to receive this recognition for the fifth consecutive year,” said Partner Benjamin W. Hulse. “This award…
  • 02.19.21

    Blackwell and Gordon honored for work on state’s first ever posthumous pardon

    Two Blackwell Burke P.A. attorneys were named 2020 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer magazine.  For the second year in a row, Blackwell Burke Founder and CEO Jerry W. Blackwell and Partner Corey L. Gordon were Circle of Excellence honorees and were featured on the magazine cover for their pro bono work on the posthumous pardon of Max Mason, a black man who was wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in 1920. This was the first ever posthumous pardon in the state of Minnesota. Blackwell and Gordon were recognized among a group of 33 honorees who addressed many…
  • 12.14.20

    Partners Jerry W. Blackwell and Mary S. Young named BTI Client Service All-Stars

    Two Blackwell Burke P.A. partners were recently named 2020 Client Service All-Stars by BTI Consulting Group. Firm Founder and Chairman Jerry W. Blackwell was one of nine attorneys named a 2020 Client Service Super All-Star, a designation given to attorneys who receive recognition from multiple General Counsel and legal decision makers. Partner Mary S. Young was named a 2020 Client Service All-Star after being nominated by a Fortune 500 food company.   The BTI Consulting Group 2021 Client Service All-Stars is used by corporate counsel and law firms to identify attorneys who deliver the absolute best levels of client service. Blackwell…
  • 12.10.20

    Jerry Blackwell named to Benchmark Litigation Top 100 Trial Lawyers list

    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…

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