Blackwell Burke P.A.


  • MBE

Firm Size

  • 11-20

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

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 P.A. 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 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation; named to the US News and Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms in America” list with a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for Products Liability Litigation (Defendants) and designation as a “Brand Elite Firm for unparalleled Client Service”  and also “Client Service A-Team 2018” by BTI Consulting.

Our attorneys have been honored to receive the following recognitions:  Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Stars and Future Stars; inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for Products Liability and Class Action/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; Minnesota Diversity and Inclusion Award and “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer. 



Minneapolis, MN

431 S 7th Street, Suite 2500

Person of contact: Jerry W. Blackwell, CEO & President


Person of contact: Deborah Lewis, Partner


Person of contact: Kandy Branch, Firm Administrator


Practice Areas

  • Insurance
    • Environmental and Toxic Tort
    • Product Liability
  • Labor & Employment
    • Class Actions / MDL
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Class Action

Firm Bio

At Blackwell Burke, diversity is more than a committee title or future goal.  It’s how we practice.  Our attorneys’ rare mixture of talents, diverse cultural backgrounds, and skills enable us to generate creative approaches and solutions. Our cultural competence and breadth of life experience make us better trial lawyers.  We are the law firm for today and the future. Our attorneys have been leaders in the legal profession’s inclusion efforts by creating the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association. Our founder was honored as a Minnesota Minority Business Owner of the Year, is a recipient of the Minnesota Lawyer-Diversity and Inclusion Award, and was awarded the Minnesota Equal Justice Award.  In addition, our attorneys are members of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota Lavender (LGBT) Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and National Bar Association (the nation’s largest African-American bar association). Our firm is active in the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and Twin Cities Diversity in Practice.

Our litigators and trial lawyers are true players in the Fortune 500 legal market. We handle high-stakes complex litigation, class actions, and trials.  Our attorneys and firm cases appear in major news outlets such as CNN, The Economist, and Law360. We represent clients in the most challenging litigation, often involving novel legal or scientific issues.

Blackwell Burke P.A. was founded in 2006 by current chairman Jerry W. Blackwell and prominent Minneapolis trial attorney Martin “Skip” Burke. Mr. Burke passed away in January 2016.