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Amie E. Penny Sayler


Amie E. Penny Sayler


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Products Liability, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Health Care


Ms. Penny Sayler is a product liability and health care litigator with an additional focus in appellate law.

As an accomplished litigator from negotiation to depositions and through trial, Ms. Penny Sayler has significant district and appellate court experience in multiple jurisdictions. She currently works across multiple states to defend natural and propane gas companies against fire and explosion claims, and to defend health care providers against liability claims.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Ms. Penny Sayler served as Justice Christopher J. Dietzen's law clerk at the Minnesota Supreme Court. Ms. Penny Sayler excelled at William Mitchell College of Law where she received a number of academic accolades including three CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, which honor the highest student in each class, and where she served as Executive Editor for two journals.

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

Judicial Clerkship:

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


Representative Cases

Obtained reversal of judgment as a matter of law and reinstatement of $15 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; CorVascular Diagnostics, LLC v. Talcott, 2017 WL 3687504 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 28, 2017).

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; Lindholm v. Carleton Coll., 2016 WL 3461941 (Minn. Ct. App. June 27, 2016).

Obtained order from supreme court vacating unfavorable court of appeals and direct court decisions based on settlement between parties; Larson v. Lakeview Lofts, LLC No. A10-2031, 2011 LEXIS 726 (Minn. Nov. 15, 2011).

Professional & Civic

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
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

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

Civic Involvement

  • Prodeo Academy, Tutor
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2014-2016


Honors & Awards

  •  Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2015-present
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  • 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


  • 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