Michael M. Sawers



Mike Sawers partners with individual and corporate clients to solve problems in a variety of industries across the country. Mike represents individuals in response to inquiries from law enforcement agencies and government regulators in investigations, civil enforcement proceedings and criminal prosecutions. He has extensive experience leading sensitive litigation from pretrial investigation through trial and appeal. Mike has also represented railroads in over a dozen claims arising under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act and the Federal Railroad Safety Act at trial and on appeal.

Industry Experience

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

Before joining the firm, Mike gained first-chair trial experience and led 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 (SEC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and various state regulatory agencies. Mike also helps clients investigate and respond to internal misconduct and fraud.


Bar Admissions

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


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


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

University of Minnesota
B.A. in 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


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2018-19
  • National Lawyers Guild of America 2016 Social Justice Award
  • North Star Lawyer
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