Overview

Mike Sawers solves business litigation challenges for individual and corporate clients in a variety of industries across the country. Mike’s experience ranges from pretrial investigation through trial and appeal. He also represents individuals in response to inquiries from law enforcement agencies and government regulators.

Industry Experience

Mike has experience in a breadth of industries and subject matters. Mike’s clients range from transportation and agribusiness industry leaders to financial services companies. His experience in high-stakes litigation in several industries enables him to quickly learn about a client and their business needs and develop a legal strategy to achieve those goals.

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Mike was an associate at Briggs and Morgan, P.A., where he gained first-chair trial experience and lead teams through pretrial proceedings ranging from drafting initial pleadings through trial. He also has experience helping clients navigate inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and other state regulatory agencies.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
North Dakota

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Clerkships

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Hon. Jeanne J. Graham, 2011-2013

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Dean's List, Minnesota Journal of International Law (2011)

University of Minnesota
B.A. Public Relations, Dean's List (2007)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • District of Minnesota — Represents individuals who qualify for the services of the Federal Public Defender 
  • Represents criminal defendants in appeals before the Minnesota Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Represented individuals in immigration appeals and asylum cases

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Associations — Minnesota Chapter (Director, 2015-present)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Civic Activities

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Minnesota Chapter — Board member, 2018-present
  • Gigi's Playhouse — Board member, 2013-17

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2018
  • National Lawyers Guild of America 2016 Social Justice Award
  • North Star Lawyer
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