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Neil W. Blackmon is a Senior Associate in Butler’s Charlotte office. He focuses his practice on the areas of liability, coverage, and appeals.

Mr. Blackmon has over a decade of experience as a trial lawyer, and between his civil and criminal experiences, he has tried over 30 cases to verdict. As a criminal defense attorney, he was honored twice in Florida with a “Hat Trick” award for securing three consecutive “not guilty” verdicts for clients within the same calendar year.

Mr. Blackmon transitioned to civil practice in 2017 and has experience in both federal and state courts in the areas of insurance coverage, professional malpractice, employment, product liability, commercial carrier, civil rights, and complex civil litigation. He has also briefed and argued several appeals from inception to conclusion. Throughout his career, he has represented clients with committed attention to detail, whether his client is an institutional insurance carrier or a small family business.

During his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, Mr. Blackmon became the first student in the school’s history to be named a three-time All-American as a member of Florida’s Debate Team. In law school, he earned book awards on two occasions and served as a research assistant to Professor Kenneth Nunn and the University of Florida’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

A deep believer that to love a community, you must give back to the community, Mr. Blackmon volunteers within Charlotte, giving back to his church, Christ Church Episcopal, and coaching basketball. He is committed to volunteer and pro bono work and has received awards for pro bono excellence in the past. Mr. Blackmon has two daughters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, and he is likewise committed to assisting with autism causes and organizations in the greater Charlotte community.

When he’s not practicing law, Mr. Blackmon is also a popular, award-nominated sportswriter, and his writing about college football, college basketball, and soccer has appeared in several national outlets.

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Florida

Education

  • University of Florida
    Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, 2023 – present
  • Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, 2021 – present
  • Sports Lawyers Association, 2021 – present
  • The University of Florida Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment, Ambassador, 2021 – 2022
  • Basketball Writers Association of America, 2021 – present
  • Gator Club of Miami, Past President, 2020 – 2021
  • The University of Florida, South Florida Leadership Group, 2020 – 2022
  • Rosemary Barkett Inn of Court, 2019 – present
  • Football Writers Association of America, 2018 – present
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2017 – present
  • Gator Club of Miami, Executive Board, 2017 – 2022

Courts

  • United States District Court – Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court – Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court – Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Experiences

  • Mintz v. Sterling Heights Dodge, Inc., 2022 WL 3682069 (S.D. Fla. April 25, 2022) (Granting Motion to Remand for my client where defendant car dealership failed to demonstrate amount-in-controversy met requirements for the exercise of removal jurisdiction)
  • Schurr v. AIG Property Casualty, 2022 WL 910634 (S.D. Fla. March 29, 2022) (Granting Summary Judgment to my insured client in action where his insurer, AIG, attempted to deny coverage on a claim pursuant to a fraud safeguard endorsement after client’s funds were stolen in a wire transfer made from the account in name of client’s law firm)
  • Flatt v. Roadrunner Transportation Services and Donald Gross, 2018-CA-106 (Florida 7th Judicial Circuit, 2021) (In catastrophic trucking litigation, prevailed for commercial carrier on 3 separate occasions where Plaintiff attempted to seek leave to pursue punitive damages; Defendant has a substantive right to not be subject to punitive damages without sufficient evidence of gross negligence)
  • Monroe County Insurance Co. v. CH Global Construction, LLC, 3D18—2000 (Fla. 3d DCA 2020) (brief to affirm summary judgment secured for my client, a contractor, in coverage action where insurer improperly sought to apply total pollution exclusion to a propane gas tank barbeque grill explosion- matter settled before argument)
  • Lawner v. Deerfield 21 Corporation, d/b/a Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, 292 So.3d 1182 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020) (affirming motion to dismiss the lawsuit against my client, a beach resort, after Plaintiff’s continuous, willful discovery violations throughout litigation)
  • Morales v. Ross Dress For Less, Inc, 335 So.3d 335 (Fla. 3d DCA 2020) (affirming summary judgment on behalf of my client, a department store, in a slip and fall matter where the store lacked the requisite knowledge of an alleged dangerous condition)
  • Lawn v. Patten, et. al, 2020 WL 10052645 (S.D. Fla. March 5, 2020) (Affirming summary judgment for my clients, defendant nurses, and medical providers, in deliberate indifference to medical needs litigation)
  • Driessen v. University of Miami Law School, 242 So.3d 1109 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017) (affirming motion to dismiss for in action for legal malpractice filed against my client, a clinic operated by University of Miami Law School)
  • Driessen v. University of Miami Law School, 2018 WL 77043 (Fla. 2018) (affirming the decision of Third District Court of Appeal above to dismiss the lawsuit against the University of Miami Law School)

Media

Welcome Wednesday April 2023

We want to extend a warm welcome to our newest attorneys Travis Harvey, Zachary Vidal, Neil Blackmon, Julie Hardy, and Nicholas Foppiano, and returning attorney Julius Matusewicz. Click their bios above to learn more about them. ...

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