Rank: 95; Number of lawyers (MN only): 13

Blackwell Burke P.A.

blackwell burke_typeface_logoRank: 96

Number of lawyers (MN only): 13

431 South Seventh Street

Suite 2500

Minneapolis, MN 55415



Jerry Blackwell

Jerry Blackwell


Founded: 2006


Founder and Chairman

Jerry Blackwell


Mission Statement

Blackwell Burke P.A. is a litigation and trial boutique. We are committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence on behalf of our Fortune 500 clients, serving them as national trial and litigation counsel. We handle high-stakes, complex litigation, class actions and trials. Our attorneys represent clients in the most challenging litigation, often involving novel legal or scientific issues. Blackwell Burke has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel magazine as a “Go-To Law Firm” for the Top 500 Companies;  honored as a ‘highly recommended’ litigation firm in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation; named to the US News and Best Lawyers  2015 “Best Law Firms” list with a Metropolitan Tier 2 ranking for Products Liability Litigation (Defendants)  and designation as a “Brand Elite Firm for unparalleled Client Service” by BTI Consulting .

Our attorneys have been honored to receive the following recognitions:  Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Stars and Future Star;  inclusion in  the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2015) for Products Liability and Class Actions/Mass Torts (Defendants); BTI Consulting Client Service All-Star and MVP; inclusion on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists; Burton Award for Legal Achievement; “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences;  “Leading Lawyer for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense” by the Legal 500; “Minnesota Attorney of the Year”; Minnesota Minority Business Owner of the Year; Minnesota Equal Justice Award and “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer.


Representative Clients

3M Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, General Mills, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc.


Areas of Practice

Business Litigation; Class Actions; Energy/Environmental/Regulated Industry; Health Care/Life Sciences; Intellectual Property; Labor and Employment Law; Litigation; Product Liability; Toxic Tort and Mass Tort Litigation.


Important Contacts

Kandy Branch

Firm Administrator



Number of lawyers (MN only): 13 (4 female, 9 male)

Number of equity partners (MN only): 1

Total attorneys (worldwide): 13

Number of new hires in 2014 (MN only): 2 (2 male)

Number of elevations in 2014 (MN only): 1 (1 female)

Number of “of counsel” lawyers (MN only): 1

Number of paralegals (MN only): 2

Number of non-paralegal support staff (MN only): 7

Number of minority lawyers (MN only): 5 (2 partners, 3 non-partners)

Annual billable hours expected of associates: 1,900

Company dress code: Business dress policy

Flextime for lawyers: No

Part-time lawyers: No

Flextime for staff: No

Part-time staff: No

Telecommuting for staff: No

Unique benefits: Blackwell Burke P.A. offers an associate bonus program which recognizes contribution and involvement of our associate attorneys beyond their billable hours. Bonus-eligible activities include: associate presentations and publications; leadership in bar or professional organizations; excellence in client service and relationship development; firm innovations that improve the quality or delivery of legal services; and health, wellness, personal development or other quality of life improvements. A similar program exists for staff members.

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