Mike Sawers partners with individual and corporate clients across the country to solve problems facing those doing business in a variety of industries. Public and private companies rely on Mike’s trusted counsel and advocacy when facing significant and sensitive internal investigations, including multijurisdictional matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mike also represents individuals in response to inquiries from law enforcement agencies and government regulators in investigations, civil enforcement proceedings and criminal prosecutions. He also has extensive experience leading sensitive litigation from pretrial investigation through trial and appeal.

Industry Experience

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 allegations of 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. Court of Appeals for the Tenth 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)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Trade Secrets: Ten Key Developments and Takeaways from 2019-20
    IP Book 2020, Minnesota CLE
  • Civil Litigation A to Z: The End Game - Effective Motion Practice in Federal Court
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, June 2019
  • Civil Litigator's Short Course
    Co-presenter with Isaac Hall, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, February 2019

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; Treasurer, 2019-Present)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Civic Activities

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


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Corporate Law, 2021 
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2018-20
  • National Lawyers Guild of America 2016 Social Justice Award
  • North Star Lawyer

Awards Methodology

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