Leyla Bari

Leyla Bari



Leyla champions clients through all stages of the litigation process.

As an associate in the trial group, Leyla is a dedicated and persuasive client advocate. With responsive and effective communication, Leyla assists clients with all aspects of litigation including discovery, civil motion practice, case strategy, and trial preparation.

Before joining Dorsey, Leyla served as a judicial intern at the United States District of Minnesota, represented indigent criminal defendants, and worked with American legal scholar Mark W. Osler filing federal commutations petitions and reforming clemency policy. Leyla remains committed to pro bono service representing criminal defendants and appellants in both federal and state court.

Education & Admissions

University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D., 2020), cum laude; Dean’s Awards; Presidential Scholar; Jessup International Law Moot Court Team—Quarterfinalist: Southern Region (2019); Western Region (2020)

Hamline University (B.A., Art History, 2010)


  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson, 2021-2021

Industries & Practices

  • ERISA Litigation


Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2021
Leyla Bari