• 04.06.20

    Blackwell Burke and Three Attorneys Named 2020 Best Lawyers® in Minnesota

    Blackwell Burke P.A. and three of its attorneys were named to the coveted 2020 Best Lawyers in America® list. Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, has been publishing the list yearly for more than 30 years. Selections are based entirely on peer-review evaluations, with more than 8.3 million nominations analyzed for 2020. It is intended to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus and opinions of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. “We know our lawyers are the best when…
  • 03.15.20

    Spiwe Jefferson Moderates Panel at NAMWOLF 2020 Conference

    Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney, Spiwe L. Jefferson, recently moderated a panel at the NAMWOLF 2020 Driving Diversity and Leadership Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The panel was focused on strategies and best practices in product recalls.   Panelists for the presentation included (from left to right) Elizabeth C. Rein from Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, Spiwe Jefferson, Stephanie A. Douglas from Bush Seyferth PLLC, Katherine L. McDaniel from T-Mobile, and Sandra Rodriguez from Toyota Motor North America.  The panel discussion covered critical aspects of managing recalls, including addressing financial and reputational risks, navigating the applicable legal framework, dealing with regulators, resolving…
  • 02.20.20

    Blackwell Burke Bair Hugger™ Team Named Attorneys of the Year

    The Blackwell Burke Bair™ Hugger team was recently named one of Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year. The team was honored at the Minnesota Lawyer awards event in early February for their work on the federal Bair Hugger™ Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), in which they won the dismissal of one of the ten largest MDLs in the country. In August 2019, Blackwell Burke won a landmark victory for 3M Company, with the MDL court dismissing more than 5,000 cases against 3M. Measured by the number of cases dismissed, the firm’s summary judgment win represented one of the largest-impact defense wins in…
  • 02.15.20

    Jerry Blackwell on Legal Diversity: 30 Years in the Trenches

    In honor of Black History Month, Minnesota Attorney at Law Magazine asked Firm founder and CEO, Jerry W. Blackwell, to share his thoughts on the evolution of legal diversity in the Twin Cities, and progress yet to be made. “The changes do not lend themselves to binary conclusions, as in, do we have cause to celebrate or not, because there is room for both. A thirsty man is capable both of noting when his glass should be full and yet celebrates whatever drops he has.” Photo courtesy of Attorney at Law Magazine Read Mr. Blackwell’s candid article. About Jerry W.…
  • 01.26.20

    Spiwe Jefferson on Mindful Lawyering

    As part of its ongoing commitment to lawyer wellness, Minnesota Attorney at Law magazine periodically invites law firms and legal departments in the Twin Cities community to share their thoughts and activities on related topics. Blackwell Burke P.A. is deeply committed to wellness, offering various programs to its employees to promote sustainable lifelong healthy habits, including free weekly workout sessions with a professional trainer on-site. Firm attorney, Spiwe L. Jefferson, noted that according to a study conducted by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, lawyers are at higher risk of alcohol abuse and suffer more significant…
  • 01.22.20

    Jerry Blackwell on Legal Diversity: A Professional Obligation

    Firm founder and CEO, Jerry W. Blackwell, has long been viewed as a thought leader in the Twin Cities legal community. Minnesota Lawyer magazine sought his insights in its article, Statements on Diversity & Inclusion. The magazine also highlighted statements from Tom Nelson – president of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Ann Anaya – chief diversity officer at 3M Company, and interviewed MSBA Diversity & Inclusion Council leaders Alice Silkey and Athena Hollins. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Lawyer Read the Minnesota Lawyer article. About Jerry W. Blackwell Jerry Blackwell serves as national and trial counsel for several major corporations…

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