Ira L. Blank

Direct Dial: 314-282-8735
Fax: 314-726-2042
Email: iblank@theenterpriselawgroup.com

www.linkedin.com/in/iralblank/

 

Education:

  • Washington University, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1979
  • Cornell University, Master of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1974
  • University of Alabama, B.S. in Commerce and Bus. Admin., Beta Gamma Sigma, 1972

Admissions:

  • Missouri, 1979
    United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, District of Kansas, Eastern District of Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, Northern District of Ohio, Western District of Tennessee, and Southern District of Texas.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards)
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law


Representing Management in All Areas of Labor and Employment Law and Litigation

Ira grew up working in his father’s grocery business.  This is where he learned the basics of business and the workplace and developed a work ethic at an early age.  Today, he is a Principal and Co-Founder of The Enterprise Law Group.  The Enterprise Law Group is transforming the relationship between business owners/executives and their legal advisors.

In over 30 years, Ira has served as labor and employment law counsel/litigation counsel to businesses and has held executive level management positions.  He worked inside of businesses for 15+ years and acquired substantial decision-making experience and developed and executed business strategy.

Ira has represented both privately- and publicly-held companies, with employee populations of a few to 20,000+, without and with union relationships, and across a broad spectrum of industries – manufacturing, services, retail, construction, distribution, logistics, technology, education, hospitality, and gaming, among others.

He has represented businesses in numerous federal and state courts, in arbitrations and mediations, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal and state agencies.

BUSINESS APPROACH, DELIVERABLES, AND METRICS

Ira’s combined business management and legal experience uniquely qualifies him to represent businesses in that he more fully understands what is most important to advance his clients’ business objectives by delivering viable solutions rather than creating legal obstacles.

Just as preventive medicine and promoting well-being is better for the patient than reactive medical care, Ira and his clients have found that being proactive is “healthier” and less costly to the business than being blindsided by problems and reacting to them after the fact.

Ira’s clients value an ongoing relationship and consider him as an extension of their management team to:

  • Develop and execute strategies to protect their assets and interests, foster (or end) business relationships, consummate transactions, and seize business opportunities.
  • Be proactive in identifying the sources and causes of problems, and developing and implementing actions to eliminate the sources of problems.
  • Solve or correct problems as they occur (where the business has been reactive).
  • Help management make business decisions that have legal components.
  • Promote their business’s well-being by mentoring management on business issues that have legal implications.
  • Prevent disputes and litigation, but when they occur, represent the business and work to resolve them aggressively, favorably, and cost-effectively.

Ira works with his business clients to establish qualitative and quantitative performance metrics, such as problems solved and results obtained, business acumen, strategic thinking, execution, communication, responsiveness, efficiency, and cost control.