Jeff Saunders

Jeff Saunders



Jeff is a member of Dorsey’s Corporate group. His practice includes acting as a trusted advisor to clients in a number of industries, with a primary focus on companies in the health care and information technology industries. He has extensive experience across the spectrum of the health care supply chain, from medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, to health care technology and service providers, and helped pioneer the development of consumer-driven and wellness products and services in the health care benefits area. He has also held business development and operational roles in the digital health arena and has served on the boards of directors of several health care services and benefits companies. Jeff’s information technology practice includes representation of companies providing a wide variety software, hardware and telecommunications products and services.

Jeff regularly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital formation in the private and public markets, joint ventures, technology development and licensing agreements, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. His mergers and acquisitions experience includes representing public and private buyers and sellers (both strategic and financial buyers), investors and stockholders in all types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged and management buyouts, corporate reorganizations, divestitures and distressed transactions. He has a strong background in securities and corporate finance matters where his representative experience includes advising issuers, underwriters, and venture capital and private equity funds in transactions ranging from private placements to minority and control investments, to public equity offerings. He also regularly advises clients with respect to corporate governance matters, regulatory compliance and executive compensation. In addition, Jeff has advised boards of directors and board committees on the conduct of internal investigations and responding to regulatory bodies exercising investigative powers.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1985), cum laude
Dean's List; Moot Court Member

University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management (Post-graduate course work, finance and accounting)

Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1981), cum laude
Dean's List


  • Minnesota

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Dorsey’s Third Annual Digital Health Conference
Seminar Playback: Dorsey’s Third Annual Digital Health Conference
Digital Health Conference
Sixth Annual LifeScience Alley™ Conference & Expo

Select Presentations

  • “Innovations in Health Care Reform and the Medtech Industry,” Dorsey & Whitney Health Care Reform Symposium, April 30, 2010
  • “Legal Issues for Emerging Companies in Life Sciences,” Minnesota CLE, March 21, 2010
  • “Biologics & Compounds Converge With Devices,” The Collaborative, Convergence Series 2010
  • “Evidence Based Medicine and Comparative Effectiveness Research – Implications for Care Pathways,” LifeScience Alley™ Conference & Expo, December 9, 2009
  • “Financing in a Challenging Economy,” The Collaborative, Venture & Finance Conference, 2009
  • “Care, Delivery & Services Impacts,” The Collaborative, Reform Series, 2009
  • “Health, Wellness & Technology Impacts,” The Collaborative, Reform Series, 2007
  • "The Innovation Path: Taking Your Science to the Market," LifeScience Alley™ Conference & Expo, December 6, 2007
  • “Valuations and Negotiations,” The Collaborative, Summer Venture Camp, 2007
  • "Exit Strategies: Options for Liquidity," The Collaborative, 20th Annual Venture Finance Conference, 2006
  • "Will They Come if You Build it? The Rise of Consumer Directed Healthcare," ABA: Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law 2006, February 22, 2006
  • "The Private Equity Continuum," The Collaborative, 19th Annual Venture Finance Conference, 2005
  • "A Higher Hurdle and an Improving Market," The Collaborative, May 24, 2005
  • "Positioning the Company for Financing: Pervasive Legal and Structural Issues," The Collaborative, 18th Annual Minnesota Venture Conference, 2004
  • "Developing and Leveraging a Great Board," The Collaborative, September 15, 2004
  • "Strategic Expansion & Exit Opportunities in a Changing World," The Collaborative, May 16, 2003
  • "Exit Strategies: What Should a Smart CEO Know Now?" CEO Roundtable, March 13, 2003
  • "View from the Investment Bankers and Analysts," Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, Securities Regulations 2003, March 26, 2003
  • "Equity Incentive Compensation: Developments and Trends," The Collaborative, 17th Annual Venture Finance Conference, 2003
  • "Exit Strategies: Liquidity for You and Your Investors," The Collaborative, 16th Annual Venture Finance Conference, 2002
  • "Accountants and Attorneys Working Together Post-Enron," Corporate Counsel Forum 2002: Hot Topics for In-House and Outside Lawyers, June 25, 2002

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Adjunct Professor, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hamline University School of Business, MBA Program, 2011 – Present
  • Board of Directors, Penumbra Theatre, 2010 – Present
  • American Bar Association - Business and Health Law Sections
  • American Health Law Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association - Business and Securities Law Sections
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Team 2010 (among 164 lawyers nationally recognized for outstanding client service)
  • Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 1998-2013
  • Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer (2006)
  • Top 40 Business & Commercial Transactions Minnesota Super Lawyer (2004)
Jeff Saunders