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Amie E. Penny Sayler


Amie E. Penny Sayler


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Construction, Health Care


Ms. Penny Sayler is a products liability, health care, construction, and commercial litigator with an additional focus in appeals and trusts and estates.

As an accomplished litigator, Ms. Penny Sayler has significant district and appellate court experience in multiple jurisdictions. She works across the nation to defend natural and propane gas companies against fire and explosion claims, and to defend health care providers against liability claims. She works in Minnesota on construction, commercial, and trusts and estates disputes. She also handles state and federal appeals. Ms. Penny Sayler regularly presents on discovery, brief writing, and appellate issues.

Ms. Penny Sayler serves on the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors and was co-chair of its Products Liability Committee. She recently served as co-reporter for Eighth Circuit updates for DRI’s Certworthy publication. Ms. Penny Sayler is Co-Chair of the Bassford Remele Pro Bono Committee.

Ms. Penny Sayler graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Ms. Penny Sayler served as Justice Christopher J. Dietzen’s law clerk at the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2009
    • Justice William Mitchell Presidential Merit Scholarship, 2005-2009
    • William Mitchell Law Review, Executive Editor and Staff Member, 2006-2008
    • Journal of the National Security Forum, Executive Editor, 2008-2009
  • College of Saint Benedict, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Minnesota Supreme Court, The Honorable Christopher J. Dietzen, Law Clerk, 2009-2010


Representative Cases

Obtained affirmance of spousal support award. Argued.

Co-author of amicus briefs to Minnesota Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court on guardianship issues and Fair Housing Act.

Several pro-bono criminal appeals, and obtained a reversal of a felony conviction. Argued.

Obtained reversal of judgment as a matter of law and reinstatement of $1.5 million jury verdict; Alby v. BNSF, 918 N.W.2d 562 (Minn. 2018).

Obtained reversal of district court’s denial of attorney fees under Minn. Stat. § 322B.699 as part of appellate team.

Obtained clarity regarding deadline for plaintiffs to submit expert affidavit required under Minn. Stat. § 145.682; Firkus v. Harms, 914 N.W.2d 414 (Minn. Ct. App. 2018).

Obtained affirmation of dismissal of claims against city under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act; Tichich v. City of Bloomington, 835 F.8d 656 (8th Cir. 2016).

Obtained affirmance of summary judgment as part of appellate team based on no duty to warn.

Obtained order from supreme court vacating unfavorable court of appeals and direct court decisions based on settlement between parties.

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievement

  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, Appointed Member, 2019-present

Bar Associations

  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Appellate Council, 2014-2017
      • Treasurer, 2016-2017
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Eighth Circuit Certworthy, Co-Reporter, 2014-2019
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, 2019-present
    • Products Liability Committee, Co-Chair, 2019
    • Diversity Committee, Co-Chair, 2018-2019
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, Former Board Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota, Past President
  • Blue Flame Gas Association
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • North Dakota Hospital Association

Civic Involvement

  • The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney
  • Prodeo Academy, Tutor
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2014-2016


Honors & Awards

  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2019
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2019-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2015-2019
  • Women to Know, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2020-present



  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, co-author, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 19th ed., 2016 and 2017 update
  • Sex Appeal: Appellate Courts Take On Gender Discrimination Under Title VII, author, DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, 2015
  • Ladies Who Launch: Reflections on Marketing, author, The Woman Advocate, 2014
  • The Importance of Error Preservation, author, DRI For the Defense, 2011


  • Growing Your Appellate Practice, panel member, Minnesota CLE Appellate Practice Institute, March 15, 2019
  • It Was the Best of Times (Or Maybe It Was the Worst of Times) - Storytelling in Litigation, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 27, 2019
  • Appeals in Complex Cases, panelist, Minnesota CLE, December 7, 2018
  • What do colonoscopies and e-discovery have in common? Both are unpleasant but necessary, co-presenter, 2018 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, April 12, 2018
  • Construction Law Essentials for the Real Estate Professional, co-presenter, Minnesota CLE August Real Estate Series, August 17, 2016
  • State of the Courts and Keys to Effective Appellate Advocacy, co-presenter with Judge Heidi S. Schellhas, 2016 MSBA Convention, Grand Rapids, Minn., June 13, 2016
  • How to Handle Your First (or Fifth) Appeal, co-presenter with Judge Randolph W. Peterson, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and George H. Norris, Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 11, 2016
  • The Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act: What Family Law Lawyers Need to Know, co-presenter, Family Law Institute, 2015
  • Thinking Ahead: Are You Properly Preserving Issues for Appellate Review?, co-presenter, ABA Women of the Section of Litigation Conference, 2014