Sam Bolstad

Sam Bolstad




In his government enforcement and corporate investigations practice, Sam conducts effective internal investigations and represents those under investigation or facing enforcement actions by federal or state authorities.  He has conducted investigations across four continents, interviewed CEOs and company presidents, and defended his clients against nefarious business partners.  He is a constructive problem-solver to avoid litigation, but uses his years of experience in litigation and as a judicial clerk to secure a winning position for his clients in civil lawsuits and government enforcement actions.

In his government contracts practice, Sam helps clients to defend or overturn procurement decisions, as the case may be.  He regularly litigates judicial and administrative bid protests.  He counsels clients on sales and transfers of government contracts, as well as termination disputes.  He also conducts internal investigations relating to government contracts and compliance programs, and defends against public records requests seeking to disclose clients’ confidential materials that were submitted in bid proposals.

Sam is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  He provides sophisticated solutions in the complex fields of cybersecurity and data privacy, guiding clients through ever-changing privacy laws and internet regulations.  He assists with the nuanced challenges of data breaches, privacy policies, and handling sensitive information, whether it be personal, public, or corporate.  He provides advice and compliance support to businesses, government entities, and non-profits, particularly regarding state and federal public open records laws including the federal Freedom of Information Act and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.  He writes actively on cybersecurity issues and his work has been quoted in industry publications.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2015), magna cum laude

University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.A. in English, Certificate in Business, 2012), Comprehensive Honors


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • Minnesota Supreme Court, Honorable David L. Lillehaug, 2016-2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Honorable David S. Doty, 2015-2016


Representative Experience

  • Represented companies subject to federal criminal and civil enforcement actions, subpoenas, and Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) issued by the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Offices, and federal agencies.
  • Represented multiple Managed Care Organizations (MCO) in various bid protest proceedings regarding multiple states’ Medicaid contracts for hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Counseled multiple clients regarding sales and transfers of government contracts in the course of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Represented large manufacturer in dispute related to government procurement contract award.
  • Defended multiple clients against public records requests that sought to disclose confidential commercial information and intellectual property, which were submitted in client proposals responding to government contract procurement actions.
  • Investigated the theft of intellectual property, clients, and employees by the former president of a company with more than $10 billion in assets under management for ultra-high net worth families.
  • Investigated an international fraudulent scheme that had lasted more than a decade between four companies across three continents.
  • Managed international data breaches and recovered personal information resulting from phishing scams and former employees.
  • Successfully represented companies subject to political efforts to publish their confidential intellectual property under the guise of the Freedom of Information Act.

News & Resources


DOJ’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force Priorities Highlighted By Bid-Rigging Qui Tam Settlement
Developments from California: AG Estimates Costs of CCPA Compliance as CCPA Authors Contemplate Round II
DOJ Puts Recipients of Federal Funds on Notice: New “Procurement Collusion Strike Force” to Focus Antitrust Scrutiny on Public Procurement and Grant Transactions
The Granston Memo in Tension: Third Circuit Allows DOJ’s Dismissal of FCA Claim without a Hearing; Sen. Grassley Wants DOJ to Pump the Brakes
New York Expands Data Privacy Protections
Updated Alert: Governor Brown Signs Amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
CalCPA Evolves – US Chamber Supports Federal Standard
Sued for Misjudging the Impact of GDPR and Other Changes to the Consumer Data Privacy Landscape – Yes that Just Happened
Claimed Failure to Disclose GDPR’s Collateral Impact Leads to Class Action Against Nielsen Holdings
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018—Increased Consumer Privacy Protections and Significant Business Compliance Burdens
California Leads the Nation with New Sweeping Privacy Law – The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
California Unanimously Enacts Comprehensive Digital Privacy Law
GDPR v. WHOIS: Why Can’t ICANN Just Tell Me Who Owns That Domain Name Anymore?
FTC’s Data Security Authority Curbed by 11th Circuit
FTC’s Data Security Authority Curbed by 11th Circuit
Your Local Solar Panel Store: Developing State Laws to Encourage Third-Party Power Purchase Agreements and Distributed Generation, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 705

Industries & Practices

Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • National Security Law
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Federal Bar Association—Minnesota Chapter, Steering Committee Member for the White Collar Compliance and Criminal Law Committee

Community Involvement

  • Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities


Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States  North Star Lawyer logo

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States – International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2017-2019
Sam Bolstad