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Saura James Sahu

Venture capital Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 17 years
    California - CA 22 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2006
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Saura

Learn Saura’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Venture capital
    Fund formation; Investment Company Act; Investment Advisers Act; California and Michigan exemptions; general fund advising; target acquisitions.

  2. Lawsuits and disputes
    Federal court practice (Securities, RICO, ERISA, Federal Trade Commission Act; Declaratory Judgment Act; higher value lawsuits between companies and businesspeople from different States)

  3. Mergers and acquisitions

  4. Securities and investment fraud
    Federal Securities Exchange Act; Rule 10b-5

  5. Contracts and agreements
    UCC; commercial contracts; commercial lending agreements; business loans

  6. Administrative law
    Administrative Procedures Act

  7. Constitutional
    First Amendment (free speech, free association, political rights); Interstate Commerce Clause; Right to Travel; Due Process; Fourth Amendment (search, seizure); Fifth Amendment (self-incrimination); Equal Protection

  8. White collar crime
    Federal investigations and charges; State Police investigations and state felony charges related to ordinary business affairs

Saura James Sahu is the Founding Principal of Clancy Advisors PLC, a venture capital law boutique specializing in innovative solutions for complex transactions, investigations and disputes. He currently focuses on venture funds, fund formation, high-quality emerging companies, and the mergers, acquisitions and disputes that are relevant to them. He was previously a Principal and Chair of the Recruiting Committee at Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone (Detroit), where he specialized in complex business litigation and internal corporate investigations. Mr. Sahu began his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk to the Hon. Julian Abele Cook, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. A member of the California and Michigan bars, he is the Immediate Past President of the Federal Bar Association (E.D. Mich. Chap.) and a Life Fellow of the prestigious American Bar Foundation. He has also served as an active member of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sahu often speaks and writes about business anticorruption issues and has also taught constitutional law at law schools in Michigan.

Photos and videos

Talking with Flint's awesome mayor, Karen Weaver, at the Democratic National Convention
With Gov. Martin O'Malley after a guitar jam and my friend Jake Andrews
With Flint's righteous advocate, Congressman Dan Kildee, and my friend Mary Wassel
With Congressman Keith Ellison, a son of Detroit and friend to the people


Clancy Advisors PLC
2723 S. State St.
Suite 150
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
Clancy Advisors
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA, 92618
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5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by M. | June 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I was planning on suing my former attorney in civil court for damages without discussing my case first with the proper experts, but after speaking to Saura he helped me understand all my options before I wasted a ton of my time and money. Thanks for the free consultation and options!
Posted by Alan | March 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Start Up Business CEO
Saura’s approach at being my legal representation was incredibly hands on and personal. His support not only helped guide me away from pitfalls but it also proved to increase my company’s value in the eyes of investors. I feel like I have an entire firm on call, not just litigation purposes but for business development decisions. Since he came on board as general council, (in a little under 2 years) we’ve grown exponentially and he’s been a key component.
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Posted by Jason | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attention to Detail, Pragmatic, Business Informed Legal Advice
My software company engaged Saura Sahu as Board Counsel through a complex acquisition where we were seller. Though there were obstacles along the way, Sahu offered practical solutions that enabled for us to move forward through each step of the way. Highly recommended for sophisticated business transactions.
Posted by Chuck | December 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case resolved
This was a complex case involving US investors in a company which was purchased by an Indian corporation. This subsidiary company was closed and efforts shunted to a new entity resulting in a loss for the investors. Mr. Sahu was able to recover a fair portion of our initial investment.
Posted by Jody | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney, Excellet Results
I hired Mr Sahu for multiple different matters in regards to my small business. He was extremely easy to speak to and would explain what any legal jargon meant so that I could completely understand everything. Mr Sahu always made sure he was available for a phone call, text or email whenever I needed something and was very quick to turn around whatever request I made of him. He not only made me feel comfortable, but his work speaks for itself. He made sure I was completely covered no matter what request I was making and always guided me in making the best business decisions. I would recommend Mr Sahu to anyone looking for a personable attorney who is extremely meticulous and will take the time needed to ensure your best interests are met and your bases are covered.
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Posted by Katrina | July 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Founder of Life in a Jar Juicery, LLC
I consulted with Sahu and he was very helpful on things that I should look into while getting my Business off the ground. I would recommend him to friends and family. I look forward to hiring him in future. Price is affordable.
Posted by Sapp | July 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent analysis and detailed explanation of options
Mr. Sahu was very informative and well-constructed. I truly appreciated his guidance and expertise. He was compassionate and understood the means that needed to be taken. I truly appreciate the time he spent assiting me, and I hope that he receives many successive customers. Thank you very much for your help, Mr. Sahu!!!
Posted by Marco | June 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Saura was extremely helpful with my case. He gave me great advice for over an hour the first time we spoke. I would recommend his services to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Case
My wife and we’re refereed to Mr. Sahu by a close friend of ours. We were dealing with a business dispute that has been dragging out due to the oppositions party dragging its feet. Mr. Sahu came in got the facts from both sides and was able to help get the ball rolling so to speak. Mr Sahus advice has always been on point. The best part is we never felt like we were never being “sold”. Everything was straight forward. We felt comfortable and appreciated. Since Mr. Sahu was who he said we asked to advice in other legal matters. Again very straight forward. He told us that if he didn’t know and couldn’t give us 110% of his effort on it he would recommend someone who could. So he did. I would recommend Mr. Sahu to anyone looking for a lawyer.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Clancy Advisors PLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Deputy City Attorney
  • City of Battle Creek
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Candidate (D)
  • General Election for Kalamazoo County Treasurer
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Tarlow & Berk, PC
  • 2004 - 2006
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  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • AB - Applied Baccalaureate
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brown v. Battle Creek Police Department, 844 F.3d 566 (6th Cir. 2016)
  • Unanimous Win by Affirmance - before “liberal” panel
  • Parsons v. United States Department of Justice, 801 F.3d 701 (6th Cir. 2015)
  • Unanimous Win by Reversal - arguing against 2-time U.S. Supreme Court clerk before “conservative” panel.


  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100
  • 2021 - Present
  • US Courts Committee - State Bar of Michigan
  • Board/Comm. Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Michigan Democratic Party
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association - ED Michigan Chapter
  • Immediate Past President (Officer since 2015)
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Read and Write Kalamazoo
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2018
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (4)
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Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Saura Sahu is one of the best lawyers I know. Not only is Saura highly intelligent and articulate but he genuinely cares about his clients. Saura is a fierce advocate in the courtroom. He is also very active in the bar, many professional associates as well as his local and statewide communities. You will not find many attorneys like Saura. Simply put, I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Saura is at the top of the profession. His counsel is sought after in the most complex and sensitive matters. He is an outstanding advocate who invests himself in his clients. His skills and ability to achieve favorable outcomes are second to none. Clients in all situations will appreciate his professionalism and find his insight to be invaluable."