Sahr A.M. Brima

Sahr A.M. Brima




As an associate in Dorsey’s Trial Group, Sahr has litigated matters arising in a wide range of practice areas including intellectual property and technology litigation, securities and financial services litigation, insurance defense, healthcare litigation, and corporate governance and compliance. As a gifted cross-cultural communicator with keen attention to details, Sahr has advised and represented small to Fortune 500 companies in various disputes.

Sahr works with clients undergoing internal and government investigations, and has also helped investigate and prosecute private companies and public officials at the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission.

Education & Admissions

William Mitchell College of Law (2015), Editor, William Mitchell Law Review 

University of St. Thomas (2011), Presidential Scholar (full tuition); Ronald E. McNair Scholar; Winner of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Writing Competition


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • English, Krio, Mende, and French


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Michael J. Davis


Representative Experience

Securities and Financial Services Litigation

  • Representing minority shareholders of global pharmaceutical company in multi-million-dollar buyout and trust litigation. Managed discovery, conducted legal research, and drafted pleadings.
  • Representing Fortune 500 commercial bank in securities matters as lead associate.
  • Representing majority shareholders and pharmaceutical company in IP and breach of contract dispute as lead Minneapolis associate.
  • Defending Fortune 100 healthcare company against securities fraud allegations.
  • Representing financial institutions in annuity commission disputes and corporate fraud investigations.

Commercial Litigation

  • Defending construction company against products liability claims as lead associate.
  • Defended global telecommunications provider in antitrust investigation related to billion-dollar transaction.
  • Represented transportation corporation in multi-million-dollar construction litigation.
  • Defended CEO of a Fortune 500 company against defamation and libel allegations.
  • Successfully defended national banking institution against discrimination and conspiracy claims. Drafted motion to dismiss and won.
  • Represented technology and pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes patent and Hatch-Waxman litigation.
  • Successfully tried and won a nationally watched termination of parental rights case.

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Successfully defended international company against patent infringement claims.
  • Representing majority shareholders and pharmaceutical company in IP dispute as lead Minneapolis associate.
  • Represented computer software company in patent infringement litigation.

Corporate Governance/Regulatory

  • Advised food-tech company regarding state regulatory laws resulting in first variance issued for operating client’s product in California.
  • Advised technology company regarding software license and venture capital agreements.
  • Advised Fortune 500 food company on corporate governance issues.
  • Advised pharmaceutical company on NASDAQ regulations related to an inducement plan.

News & Resources


Upon Reflection: My Admittance to the US Supreme Court Bar
DOJ Issues Consolidated Guidance for False Claims Act Cooperation Credit
Newer Lawyers Group Hosts Forum Addressing “Insights from Corporate Trailblazers of Color,” 11 BAR TALK (Issue 4), 9
Another Prediction About Patent Cases After TC Heartland: More Multidistrict Litigation, BLOOMBERG LAW
The Humility and Compassion of a Foot Soldier: Judge Michael J. Davis Receives Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award, 10 BAR TALK (Issue I), 3
The Death of Participatory Democracy: The Role of Neoliberal Economic Reforms on Developing Nations, RONALD E.MCNAIR UNDERGRADUATE JOURNAL

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Congratulates Attorney Sahr Brima on Being Named to National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
10 Questions: Sahr Brima, Hennepin Lawyer Magazine

Legal Writings

  • Newer Lawyer Luncheons with the Federal Judiciary, Federal Bar Association, Newer Lawyer’s Committee, Minnesota (2017-June 2018)
  • “The Current State of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Law,” Federal Bar Association CLE Event, Minneapolis, MN (April 5, 2018) 
  • “So You Want to Be a Lawyer?” Hiawatha Collegiate High School Career Expo, Minneapolis, MN (April 22, 2016)
  • “West African Medical Missions Inc.: Shifting the Paradigm for Global Health in Sierra Leone,” City of Lakes Rotary Club, Minneapolis, MN (July 23, 2014)
  • “Indomitable Hope at the Fazenda da Esperança (“Farms of Hope”),” Opus Prize Ceremony at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN (November 4, 2009)

Industries & Practices

Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Institute Certified, 2019
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL)


  • Named "Minneapolis Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers®, 2021

North Star Lawyer

  • North Star Lawyer (2017-2019)
Sahr A.M. Brima