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Jerry Blackwell biography: 13 things about Minneapolis, Minnesota lawyer

Jerry Wayne Blackwell is an African-American lawyer from Minnesota, United States and an expert on class action defense, commercial litigation, food industry defense, labor and employment, products liability, toxic tort litigation and trial practice. He is the founder partner, chief executive officer and chairman of Blackwell Burke P.A., an award-winning trial firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Blackwell enjoys farming, beekeeping and meditation. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He lives in Minneapolis. Aside from Minneapolis, he has lived in other parts of Minnesota including Eden Prairie and Saint Paul. (a)
  2. He previously lived in Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA. (a)
  3. In 1984, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA with a bachelor’s degree in law. (b) (c)
  4. In 1987, he graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. In the same year, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit. (b) (c)
  5. In 1991, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. (c)
  6. In 1992, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit. (c)
  7. In 1994, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. (c)
  8. In 1995, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois. In the same year, he founded the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. (b) (c) (d)
  9. In 2000, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit and the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. (c)
  10. In 2006, he and Minneapolis trial attorney Martin “Skip” Burke co-founded Blackwell Burke P.A. Burke passed away in January 2016. (d)
  11. In 2011, 40th Minnesota governor Mark Dayton appointed him to serve as an at-large member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Appointments. He served two terms until 2019. (b) (e)
  12. In 2020, he won a posthumous pardon for Max Mason, an African-American man wrongly convicted of rape in November 1920. (f)
  13. He was 59 years old when he joined Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison‘s office for the George Floyd case on a pro bono basis. On the first day of Derek Chauvin’s trial on March 29, 2021, he revealed that Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck on May 25, 2020 for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, not 8 minutes and 46 seconds as originally reported. (a) (g) (h)

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  1. Mr. Jerry Blackwell, Esquire. When I watched you as a prosecutor in the Chauvin trial, I sat up a bit taller and was so proud. I called my sister in N C to tell her of how impressed I was. I am native North Carolinian and attended school there, where my niece is now a Prof. at the University of N C Chapel Hill. I wished with my whole heart that my son could watch you in action, but of course, he was at work. He is an attorney in Wisconsin. Thank you for your service to mankind and for taking the time to read my message. Am watching you this minute on MSNBC with Lawrence O’Donnell. Smile.
    Respectfully,
    Dorothy G. Leverett

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