Stanley Blackmon concentrates his practice on high-stakes and appellate litigation throughout the federal and state court systems, with a focus on legal strategy, motion practice and appeals.
Stanley has handled appeals at the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh Circuits and in appellate courts in Alabama, Texas, Wisconsin, and Maine. Stanley has recently worked on appeals that resulted in significant victories for clients: a unanimous reversal of circuit precedent by the en banc Eleventh Circuit and an affirmance by the panel of the underlying summary judgment in the client’s favor and the reversal by a state Supreme Court of a trial court’s interpretation of a statutory notice requirement with wide impact for the financial services industry.
Stanley also represents clients at the United States Supreme Court. He has successfully opposed certiorari in cases involving deep circuit splits — including in a case that raised an issue on which the Supreme Court had previously granted certiorari and divided 4-4. Stanley also has worked on amicus briefs in support of certiorari.
Although his practice focuses on appellate litigation and legal strategy, Stanley is no stranger to the trial court. He often has served as an embedded “appellate lawyer at trial,” with responsibility for briefing dispositive motions, Daubert and Frye motions, and motions in limine, and for handling and arguing various evidentiary and legal issues arising over the course of trial. Stanley also has extensive experience in handling post-trial motions and helped obtain a JNOV that set aside a $28 million plaintiffs’ verdict in a product-liability trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Stanley has litigated cases across the substantive spectrum, including pharmaceutical product liability, non-compete violations, commercial breach of contract, fraud, and securities fraud. For example, he recently was a member of a trial team that obtained a jury verdict in the client’s favor on its claims for fraud and breach of contract in a complex commercial dispute.
Stanley maintains an active pro bono practice. He has helped secure summary judgment in the plaintiff’s favor on a § 1983 claim alleging deliberate indifference, and he defeated qualified immunity in a Fourth Amendment excessive force case orally argued at the Eleventh Circuit.
Before joining Bradley, Stanley served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2015-2016).