Liz Blackwell has nearly twenty years of experience defending agricultural, food and consumer product manufacturers at trial in high profile litigation across the nation. She has defended clients against product design claims, false labeling and advertising claims, targeted marketing claims, content-based speech regulations, and court-ordered compelled speech in many cases, at both the trial court and appellate level.

Ms. Blackwell has defended national agricultural product liability litigation involving pesticides and genetically modified seeds, as well as putative food labeling class actions brought under state consumer fraud statutes and common law tort theories. Liz has also represented tobacco industry clients at trial in several significant cases challenging the product designs, marketing, and advertising and labeling practices. These landmark cases included the $280 billion civil RICO case brought by the United States alleging false and misleading advertising and labeling, a statewide medical monitoring class action, and several state attorneys general actions alleging deceptive product marketing. Liz also led work on a multi-billion dollar health care cost-recovery case and served as trial counsel in a mass consolidation of more than 1,200 individual plaintiffs' personal injury claims — both challenging the defendants' advertising and labeling practices.

Ms. Blackwell has served on national legal strategy teams for major consumer product manufacturers for many years. She is regularly called upon to advise clients and develop briefing on complex federal preemption, First Amendment, punitive damages, and federal jurisdictional issues in complex product liability litigation. She has acted as lead legal issues and appellate counsel at trial in many cases, and for many years served on the national punitive damages defense team for a major consumer product manufacturer. She has significant experience developing expert witnesses, taking and defending depositions, and developing strategies for removing cases to federal court.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2013-Present
    • Diversity Journal Women Worth Watching, 2012
    • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Award winner, 2011
    • St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award Winner, 2009
    • American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair, Event Committee, Legal Committee Member, 2015-Present, Volunteer Attorney, 2012
    • St. Louis Art Museum, Corporate Partnership Committee, 2015-Present, SLAM Underground Committee, 2015
    • Legal Advocates for Abused Women, Board of Directors, 2011-2012
    • Human Rights Campaign, Federal Club Member
    • Vanderbilt University, Commodore Recruitment Programs, Regional Interview Volunteer, 2008, 2014
    • Harvard Club of St. Louis
    • American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair, Event Committee, Legal Committee Member, 2015-Present, Volunteer Attorney, 2012
    • St. Louis Art Museum, Corporate Partnership Committee, 2015-Present, SLAM Underground Committee, 2015
    • Legal Advocates for Abused Women, Board of Directors, 2011-2012
    • Human Rights Campaign, Federal Club Member
    • Vanderbilt University, Commodore Recruitment Programs, Regional Interview Volunteer, 2008, 2014
    • Harvard Club of St. Louis
    • Human Rights Campaign, Federal Club Member
    • Vanderbilt University, Commodore Recruitment Programs, Regional Interview Volunteer, 2008, 2014
    • Harvard Club of St. Louis
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Law Institute, 2017-present
    • American Bar Association
    • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Committee Chair, 2008-2010
    • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Committee Chair, 2008-2010
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Committee Chair, 2008-2010
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Publications

  • Co-Author, “How Sugar Industry Documents May Impact Litigation,” Law 360, December 1, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Missouri Appellate Court Rejects ‘Ingredient List” Defense in Food Labeling Case,” Food Fight Blog, November 9, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Drug Companies’ First Amendment Right to Advertise Their Products for Off-Label Use: Avoiding a Phyrric Victory"; FOOD AND DRUG LAW JOURNAL, Volume 58:3, November 2002
  • Co-Author, "Medical Monitoring: The Erosion of Traditional Tort Law Concepts"; Dechert’s Mass Torts & Product Liability Newsletter, January 2002, Issue 9

 

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Liberty & Justice: Sisters Under Siege, An Equity Panel, 13th Annual Midwest LGBTQ Rights Conference, March 1, 2018
  • “Examining the Science and Legal Landscape of Dicamba: Where We Are and What’s Ahead,” American Agricultural Law Association webinar, February 23, 2018
  • "Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation"; St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, September 2017
  • Moderator, LGBTQ Professional Women’s Panel, Washington University, April 2017
  • "The First Amendment and Consumer Protection"; National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Fall Consumer Protection Seminar, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2, 2015