Jerry W. Blackwell is the founding partner, CEO and chairman of Blackwell Burke P.A. Mr. Blackwell serves as national and trial counsel for several major corporations, having represented them in federal and state courts in 47 states and internationally. He is an experienced trial lawyer with nationwide experience defending class actions, toxic tort, commercial disputes, products liability, and other high stakes complex cases. He has numerous winning jury verdicts and favorable settlements to his credit. He is a frequent presenter on winning trial strategies and how to communicate complicated legal, scientific, and business issues to jurors.
Mr. Blackwell has been the recipient of many professional and community recognitions. He is a founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2011 to serve a term of 8 years as an at-large member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Appointments.
When he is not zealously defending clients, Mr. Blackwell enjoys beekeeping, meditation, and is an avid hobby farmer.
- State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin. Appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General and serving pro bono with the support of key members of his firm - including attorneys Mary S. Young, Corey L. Gordon and G. Tony Atwal, and paralegal Desweon Hinds - Mr. Blackwell played a leadership role in all aspects of the trial delivering the opening statement, the rebuttal argument in closing, and examining numerous critical fact and expert witnesses. He helped secure a historic verdict and sentence.
- State of Minnesota v. CenturyTel Broadband Services, LLC et al. Spearheaded successful negotiations on behalf of CenturyLink in partnership with three other law firms, with Minnesota’s Attorney General. The lawsuit was based on nearly 5,000 complaints made to the Minnesota Attorney General’s office about the company’s billing practices. The settlement impacted 12,000 Minnesota customers, who were slated to receive refunds.
- In Re: Max Mason Posthumous Pardon. Collaborated with community and other supporters to secure pro bono the posthumous pardon of Max Mason, who was wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in 1920. Jerry Blackwell argued the case before the Minnesota Pardon Board. The posthumous pardon was the first ever in Minnesota history, in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Mason’s conviction and the brutal lynching of three Black circus workers in Duluth.
Updated Sep 2021