J. Gilmer Blackburn was the founding attorney and senior counsel of Blackburn, Maloney and Schuppert. During his active practice, Mr. Blackburn represented a wide group of clients including banks, insurance companies, large and small corporations, family businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations, many of which are still clients of the firm.
An early tax attorney, Mr. Blackburn was instrumental in establishing the representation by attorneys of clients in federal and estate tax law matters. As such, Mr. Blackburn was a leading expert in the area of taxation law, serving as chairman of the Section of Taxation for the Alabama State Bar Association and helping organize a tax seminar primarily for attorneys. Additionally, Mr. Blackburn was a lecturer for the University of Alabama Law School Continuing Legal Education Program, participating in numerous tax seminars.
In addition to being a respected leader in the legal community, Mr. Blackburn was Mayor of Decatur from 1962 to 1968. During his term as mayor, he participated in a major development program for Decatur called “Operation New Decatur.” The program, which helped define Decatur today, included the construction of a new city hall, the revitalization of the downtown area, establishment of new parks and recreation centers, and including a new master plan for the City. He was also instrumental in developing Point Mallard Park, a regional recreation park centered upon the first wave-activated swimming pool in the United States.
Mr. Blackburn was an active supporter of his alma mater, Auburn University, having served as president of the Auburn University Alumni Association and as a charter member of the Auburn University Foundation. He served as the foundation’s president and chairman and was named an emeritus member of its board of directors.
Professional Associations and Journals
- Member, Alabama State Bar Association
- Member, Committee on Life Insurance Companies, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
- Member, Morgan County Bar Association
- Former President, Morgan County Bar Association
- Member of Board of Directors, Alabama Federal Tax Clinic
- Received One of Five Kennison Fellowships to New York University Tax Program
- University of Alabama Law Review
- Charter Member, Farrah Law Society, University of Alabama, 1969
- Chairman, Review Committee State of Alabama Higher Education
Awards and Honors
- Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
- Barrett Shelton Freedom Award, Spirit of America Festival, 1999
- Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Decatur
- The Brotherhood Award, Conference of Christians and Jews, 1982
- Award of Merit, American Park and Recreation Society, 1971
- Layman’s Award, Alabama Park and Recreation Society, 1970
- Outstanding Young Man of the Year, City of Decatur, 1962
- Author and Publisher First Place Award at the University of Alabama, American Society of Composers, 1954
Auburn University Alumni Association
Past President, Morgan County Auburn Club
Auburn University Foundation
Board Member, 1960-2001
Charter Organizer in 1960
Kiwanis Club of Decatur
Other Civic Organizations
Member and Chairman of Board of Stewards, First United Methodist Church
Former Member of the Decatur/Morgan County Board of Directors, Compass Bank