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Overview

Blake advocates for clients during their most difficult legal challenges.

Blake serves on the firm’s litigation team, handling complex matters that include asbestos litigation and product liability, among others. He assists in analyzing and investigating risk, and assessing testimony and other discovery productions, so as to determine strategy when clients require guidance on complex litigation. He enjoys working closely with trial teams and clients across a broad variety of industries that include:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Banking
  • Life sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Biotechnology
  • Manufacturing
  • Education

Clients and legal teams appreciate Blake’s team player mindset. He knows that good litigation strategy requires weighing many perspectives, including the client’s operational end goals.

Before joining the firm, Blake was a Summer Associate, and held Judicial Externships for The Hon. Mary Mikva, First District Appellate Court of Illinois in Chicago and The Hon. Daniel T. Gillespie, Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County.


Service

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • with honors
    • CALI Awards for highest grade in Torts, Family Law and Agency Law
    • Moot Court Honor Society
    • Fay Clayton Award for Outstanding Oral Advocate
  • B.A., DePaul University
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
Outside the Office

Blake visits family in his native Canada.

Blake came to Chicago on a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I scholarship, winning the men’s Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championship – in discus. He decided to make a home in the United States when he met his wife at college.

Community Leadership

Blake contributes his time and skills to pro bono cases for the firm, defending prisoners and others in need of representation on Section 1983 civil rights violation claims and other matters.