|Justice Keith R. Blackwell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia in July 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. He previously served as a judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, a position to which he was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in November 2010.
Justice Blackwell was born and raised in Cherokee County. After he graduated as valedictorian from Cherokee High School, Justice Blackwell attended the University of Georgia, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1996 as First Honor Graduate with a degree in political science. He then attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as senior editor of the Georgia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated summa cum laude from the School of Law in 1999, again as First Honor Graduate.
After law school, Justice Blackwell served as a law clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then entered the practice of law with Alston & Bird LLP, where he represented clients in criminal and regulatory investigations, consumer class actions, and other complex commercial litigation. Beginning in 2003, Justice Blackwell served as an assistant district attorney in Cobb County, where he represented the State of Georgia in several hundred felony prosecutions. In late 2005, he joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP, and three years later, he was elected as a partner of the firm. At Parker, Hudson, Justice Blackwell focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, including contract, real estate, insurance, business tort, and securities cases. He also represented clients in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, and he counseled clients with respect to trade secrets, computer crimes, and data security. Justice Blackwell also served as a deputy special attorney general for the State of Georgia in constitutional litigation.
Justice Blackwell currently serves as the Supreme Court liaison to the State Bar of Georgia. He also serves as a liaison to the Office of Bar Admissions and Board of Bar Examiners, as the chair of the Commission on Interpreters, as a member of the Commission on Dispute Resolution, and as a liaison to the Strategic Planning Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia. Justice Blackwell is a member of the Cobb Bar Association, and he is a master of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court and the Columbus American Inn of Court. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Justice Blackwell previously served as a member of the Governor’s Appellate Jurisdiction Reform Commission, as a member of the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission, and as an advisor to the House Judiciary Committee with respect to the revision of the state evidence code.
Justice Blackwell lives in Cobb County with his wife, Angela, and their three daughters.