Henry Barlow Blackwell, JD

henry blackwell

Title: Lawyer

Location: Zionsville, Indiana, United States

Henry Blackwell has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international business law, joint ventures and corporate law.

Mr. Blackwell was inspired to go into law by his uncle Roy Hill, who was a lawyer that lead by example. To follow in his footsteps, he first earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois in 1952 before earning a JD at Indiana University in 1956. He began working as an assistant auditor at Merchants National Bank before joining Eli Lilly & Co in 1953. Mr. Blackwell started at Eli Lilly as an industrial engineer, and through the years became an attorney, secretary and general counsel before leaving the firm in 1990. From 1988 to 1989, Mr. Blackwell was the chairman of the Indiana Export Financial Authority. He has also served as the president and chairman of the board of directors of the International School in Indiana.

One of Mr. Blackwell’s defining career moments was his transition from domestic work to international business as part of Eli Lilly. He recognizes this as a momentous turning point as it allowed him to work with unsupervised freedom. In recognition of his work, he has earned the C.J. Lynn Outstanding Red Cross Volunteer Award from the American Red Cross and been named Sagamore of the Wabash by the Indiana governor in 1988. Throughout his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association, the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Indiana State Museum Society, the Indianapolis Zoological Society and various other organizations. In addition to his work, Mr. Blackwell served with the US Navy Air Corps from 1946 to 1948.

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