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Liz Blackwell elected to American Law Institute’s class of 2017

October 27, 2017

Thompson Coburn partner Liz Blackwell has been elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

Liz is one of just 37 legal professionals elected as members of ALI in October 2017. Other new members include prominent law professors, judges, public interest attorneys, and corporate counsel. She is one of just two newly elected members from Missouri, and joins a select group of Thompson Coburn attorneys who have received the honor.

“This latest group of new members exemplifies the diversity in perspective and experience essential to the work of The American Law Institute,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “We always hope to work with thoughtful and wise people who care about the things that we do. This is another great opportunity to do just that.”

ALI members are selected through confidential nominations, which must supported by two other members. The 2,884-member organization drafts and releases frequent restatements of the law in various areas. Described as “the country’s most prestigious legal organization involved in law reform,” the group also examines areas of the law in need of reform. According to ALI, “Institute publications have been accorded an authority greater than that imparted to any legal treatise, an authority more nearly comparable to that accorded to judicial decisions.”

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liability and false advertising litigation in state and federal courts across the country. She is vice chair of Thompson Coburn’s Mass Tort group and a member of the Firm's Consumer Products and Appellate practices.

For nearly 20 years, Liz has defended clients against product liability claims, false labeling and advertising claims, and commercial disputes  at both the trial court and appellate level. 

Liz is a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and a member of the organization’s legal committee. Liz is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, a former board member Legal Advocates for Abused Women, and a member of the Corporate Partnership Committee for the Saint Louis Art Museum.