Mark Blackwell is responsible for providing legal advice and representation of the Systems in all matters, with an initial focus on investments and investment management and serving as counsel to the Board of Trustees and its committees.
Prior to joining the Systems in 2017 as Executive Advisor to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Blackwell was a partner in the Louisville office of Wyatt Tarrant and Combs LLP where his practice focused on executive compensation and employee benefit plan design, implementation and compliance.
Mr. Blackwell received his Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University and is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, and Missouri Bar Associations; the American Bar Association; and the Louisville Employee Benefit Council. He has been recognized as one of the "Top Lawyers" in the area of Retirement Benefits/Pension Law by Louisville Magazine and has been honored with the Highest Professional Ratings by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Mr. Blackwell also served as the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Kentucky for many years.