Robert J. Blackwell
Mr. Blackwell has been handling bankruptcies since the mid-1970’s for individual debtors, businesses, creditors, and as a trustee. This experience has involved thousands of bankruptcies and hundreds of adversary proceedings, which is litigation within those bankruptcies. Mr. Blackwell has also negotiated workouts or settlements with creditors for clients to avoid having to file a bankruptcy.
In the same period of time, Mr. Blackwell has represented people and businesses in civil and commercial litigation in both State and Federal courts. His approach is to aggressively represent his clients’ best interests, whether through a negotiated settlement or trial. Mr. Blackwell has also been preparing estate planning documents and helping people protect their children and family, with the least delay and cost possible.
Mr. Blackwell handled his first Social Security disability case in 1975 and has represented hundreds of claimants since then. In the course of this representation, he has represented claimants before the Social Security Administration, the United States District Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Blackwell was a law clerk for Chief Judge James Meredith of the United States District Court, for the Eastern District of Missouri, based in St. Louis, which is the federal trial court. This was invaluable training in seeing how cases were tried by some of the best lawyers in the State of Missouri, and thereafter having the Judge critique what had happened in the courtroom.
Mr. Blackwell was Chairman of the Commercial Law Committee of the Missouri State Bar Association in 2002 to 2004. As Chairman, Mr. Blackwell successfully led the efforts to make the first overall significant changes to Missouri law in twenty-two (22) years in the area of exemptions to benefit individuals either filing for bankruptcy or with judgments against them.
Mr. Blackwell operated many businesses as a Chapter 11 Operating Trustee, including an ice plant, a construction company, and a car dealership. The majority of these businesses were then sold or transferred as a going concern. In 2004 Mr. Blackwell received the Michael Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice award, which is awarded to only one attorney in the State of Missouri each year since 1992.
Mr. Blackwell is an AV rated, Bar Registered Preeminent Attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, one of the most recognized ratings for attorneys.
Mr. Blackwell was also named a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer from 2006-2017 (awarded annually to only 5% of attorneys).
Mr. Blackwell has presented and moderated at many seminars over the last 30 years on subjects including bankruptcy, social security and other practice areas.
Professional and Civic Positions
1) Law Clerk, Chief Judge James Meredith, U.S. District Court for E.D. of Missouri
2) Panel Trustee, appointed 1979, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for E.D. of Missouri
3) Co-Chair Bankruptcy Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) 1993-1994
4) Business Law Section Chair, BAMSL 2000-2001
5) Vice Chairman, Missouri State Bar Association Commercial Law Committee
1997-2002 (now called the Bankruptcy-Creditor/Debtor Rights Committee)
6) Chair, Advisory Committee on Local Rules, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, 2001-2003
7) Chairman, Missouri State Bar Association Commercial Law Committee, 2002-2004
8) St. Charles County Bar Association
Secretary (2002), Vice President (2003) and President (2004)
9) Chairman, Bankruptcy Practice Memorial Fund, 2006-2008
10) Elected St. Francois County Auditor in 1974, served 1975-1978
11) Board of Directors of O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2004
(Chair of Education Committee for the Chamber of Commerce)
University of Missouri – Columbia BA 1971
University of Missouri – Columbia (Order of the Coif) JD 1973
1973 – Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
1974 – U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
1975 – U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
1989 – U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
1990 – U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
2001 – U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
2004 – U.S. Supreme Court