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Patrick J. Sauter


Patrick J. Sauter


Practice Groups

Commercial Litigation, Construction, General Liability


Mr. Sauter is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried more than 100 jury trials. When cases cannot be resolved by settlement, Mr. Sauter is committed to his clients’ business and legal disputes being presented to a jury. Clients retain Mr. Sauter on difficult and complex cases often involving multi-million dollar damage claims. During the past 40 years, he has developed expertise in the areas of personal injury, construction defects, product liability, insurance coverage, and a variety of commercial disputes.

Mr. Sauter is also a dedicated advocate in the community and provides his legal services pro bono to organizations including the Tubman Chrysalis Center. In 2015, he received the Minnesota State Bar Association David Gavin Public Service Award in recognition of his commitment to public and community service.

Education & Admissions


  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 1977
  • St. Cloud State University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Past Fellow

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • President, 2006-2007
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board Member
  • Tubman, Pro Bono Safety Project


Honors & Awards

  • Second Judicial District Pro Bono Award, 2016 
  • Journey of Hope Award, StandPoint, 2016 
  • David Graven Public Service Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Attorney of the Year, Tubman Safety Project, 2014
  • President’s Award, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
  • Exceptional Performance Citation, Defense Research Institute, 2006-2007
  • Award of Excellence, Chrysalis Pro Bono Safety Project, 2006
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100 list, Super Lawyers, 2007, 2015
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2003-present


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