Team Members

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JOSEPH C. BLANTON, JR. has been involved in high-stakes personal injury and “bet the company” commercial litigation and complex transactions in Southeast Missouri and around Missouri for over three decades. Blanton graduated from Sikeston High School as Valedictorian and Class President in 1978. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982 and the University of Texas Law School in 1985. He is a 2019 graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a Masters of Science in History, and has a CORe Certification from Harvard Business School. From 1985-87 he served as law clerk to the Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.

He is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois and Texas, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the Seventh, Eighth and D.C. Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Blanton practices primarily in the areas of medical malpractice and product liability defense, complex commercial litigation, Federal Court litigation, probate and trust litigation, business transactions, and estate planning.

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense and product liability defense. In 2018, he was named the product liability lawyer of the year in the St. Louis market. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and superb by and has been designated a Missouri Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine each year since 2006. The National Academy of Jurisprudence has designated him as a Premier Trial Attorney. He has received both the President’s Award and the Purcell Professionalism Award from The Missouri Bar.

Blanton is a member of The American Bar Foundation, The Missouri Bar Foundation, Litigation Counsel of America, The Missouri Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Federal Practice Committee for the Eastern District of Missouri.

He is a former member of the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar, the Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, and The Missouri Bar's Appellate Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. 

The Missouri Jaycees named him as one of ten Outstanding Young Missourians and he has received the Distinguished Service Award and Community Service Award from the Sikeston Jaycees. The Sikeston Chamber of Commerce named Blanton the Citizen of the Year in 2018. In 2019 he received the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America.