Joseph C. Blanton, Jr.


Joseph C. Blanton Jr.

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 more than three decades. He is often hired in cases that are expected to go to trial. 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 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. 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 (retired).

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense and product liability defense. In 2021, Blanton was named the medical malpractice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. 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.


University of Virginia
BA, 1982

University of Texas School of Law
JD, 1985

University of Edinburgh
MSc., 2019

Harvard Business School
CORe certificate, 2019



Professional Associations

The Missouri Bar Foundation
Litigation Counsel of America
The American Bar Foundation

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers 2023 Joseph C. Blanton Jr.

Areas of Practice