Gene Hummel represents and counsels businesses nationwide in a variety of civil litigation matters including products liability, contract disputes, business torts, and other complex litigation.

Prior to joining Blackwell Burke, Mr. Hummel worked with another Twin Cities firm where his practice focused on construction and employment litigation. During that time, Mr. Hummel represented clients in midsized and large matters including commercial disputes, contract disputes, and defense for construction defect liability. Mr. Hummel also served as a clerk for Judge John R. Rodenberg at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Mr. Hummel also has an active pro bono practice, representing asylum seekers as well as tenants in housing disputes. This practice has allowed Mr. Hummel to represent clients in both state and federal courts, including the 8th Circuit.

Representative Cases

  • Products Liability.Represented Fortune 500 company clients on products liability and commercial claims arising in state and federal courts nationwide.
  • Max Mason Posthumous Pardon. Collaborated with the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc., the Minnesota Historical Society, members of the Federal Bar, and other supporters, to successfully secure the posthumous pardon of Max Mason, who was wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in 1920. 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.


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