Leonard A. Blackwell, II

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Leonard “Len” Blackwell II former President of the Mississippi Bar Association and long time Gulf Coast attorney joined Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes, PLLC in October, 2011. Len is an active member of the Mississippi Bar, and served as State Bar President and Mississippi Bar Commissioner. He is a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a former Chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Len has been recognized as a “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Gaming Law and is a Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys.

Len is practicing in the Gulf Coast office and focuses on gaming law, construction, environmental, governmental relations, and real estate.

Len and his wife Mary are members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gulfport.

Speeches & Publications

•Faculty fellow, Tulane University, Adjunct Faculty in Gaming Law and Policy 2007
•University of Mississippi CLE Series, “Overview of Mississippi Gaming Law” 2005-08
•ABA Gaming Law Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada, “Mississippi Gaming Law” 2003
•International Association of Gaming Attorneys, Lisbon, Portugal, “The Mississippi Gaming Industry” 2004
•Mississippi Bar Convention, “Mississippi Gaming Industry Update” 2007
•Southern Mayors Conference, Biloxi, MS, “How and Why the Mississippi Gulf Coast Will Recover and Prevail After Hurricane Katrina” 2006
•Southern Gaming Conference, Biloxi, MS, Moderator of Panel - “How Regional Bingo (Class II) Cooperatives Can Enhance the Industry” 2011
•University of Mississippi Continuing Legal Education Series 2005-08, “Mississippi Gaming Law, Quick and Dirty

Honors & Awards

•Best Lawyers in America : Gaming Law (2006 to present)
•fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation
•Mississippi Bar: Pioneer Award 2009 (a founding member of the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program)
•American Board of Trial Advocates
•International Association of Gaming Attorneys
•International Masters of Gaming Law
•South Mississippi’s Top 10 Outstanding Community Leaders 2012
•Mid-South Super Lawyers : Environmental


•Brunini Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers
•2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty- seven honored by Best Lawyers 2017, Four attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Brunini’s 2014 Super Lawyers

of the Mississippi Bar Foundation

• Mississippi Bar: Pioneer Award 2009 (a founding member of the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program)

• American Board of Trial Advocates

• International Association of Gaming Attorneys

• International Masters of Gaming Law

• South Mississippi's Top 10 Outstanding Community Leaders 2012

Mid-South Super Lawyers®: Environmental

News & Events


• Len Blackwell Honored As A Top Community Leader

• Len Blackwell - A Brunini Addition

(Also Member at Blackwell's Lawyers & Counselors, Gulfport)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Construction
  • Environmental Law
  • Gaming
  • Governmental Relations
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
228-435-8310  Phone
228-435-0639  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Drawer 119, Biloxi, MS 39530
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.A., 1963
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., 1966
Year of First Admission:
1966, United States District Courts of Mississippi; 1970, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; 1966, Mississippi; 1974, United States Supreme Court

Community & Professional Activities

•American Bar Association (Past National Director and Speaker, Young Lawyers Section, 1973-1976, Member of Sections on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources; Urban, State, Local and Government Law
•Mississippi Bar (President 1990-91 and President Young Lawyers Section 1977-1978)
•fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation
•Mississippi Gaming Commission (2000-2004 and Chair, 2001-2004)
•Mississippi Association for Justice (Member: Board of Governors, 1977-78)
•American Board of Trial Advocates
•Federal Bar Association
•Fifth Circuit Bar Association
•Harrison County Bar Association
•Lamar Order
•National Association of Bond Lawyers
•Gulfport Business Club
•Biloxi Business Club
•Coast Chamber of Commerce
•Harrison County March of Dimes, Past Chair


Peer Reviews

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