Firm Chairman and CEO, Jerry Blackwell, and Firm Partner, Peter Goss have both been selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2015). Mr. Blackwell was selected for the practice area of Product Liability Litigation- Defendants, and Mr. Goss was selected for the practice areas of Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions- Defendants and Product Liability Litigation- Defendants.
Mr. Blackwell serves as national counsel and national trial counsel for major corporations including General Mills, Inc., and ConAgra Foods, Inc. He has received numerous honors, including: being recognized as a Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Star (2013, 2014); named a BTI Client Service MVP in 2014 for consecutive appearances on the BTI Client Service All-Star List; consistently selected to the Super Lawyers® list every year from 2002-present. In 2011, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Mr. Blackwell to serve as an at-large member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. He is also a founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
Mr. Goss focuses his national practice on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation and toxic torts and has represented major pharmaceutical, medical technology, and chemical firms in hundreds of cases. He has also earned numerous recognitions, including Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Star (2013 and 2014); named a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences (2012-2013) and was selected to the Super Lawyers® list in 2014.
Blackwell Burke P.A., a litigation and trial boutique in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serves as national trial and litigation counsel for several Fortune 500 companies. The firm has extensive experience in class action defense, commercial litigation, food industry defense, labor and employment, products liability, toxic tort litigation, and trial practice. The firm has represented corporate clients in practically every jurisdiction in the country, as well as several foreign countries.
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