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Sarah MacGillis found her niche in being a trial lawyer. She brings unparalleled enthusiasm, hard work and tireless creativity to her practice. Sarah has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, an honor bestowed upon less than 2.5% of all lawyers within the state of Minnesota.  And she has earned it by working exceptionally hard on her clients' matters and consistently delivering excellent results in a variety of forums.  

She has attained non-disciplinary results in numerous conferences at the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.  She has earned not-guilty verdicts and dismissal orders in courtrooms all over the state of Minnesota.  And she has successfully briefed and argued cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Just in the last year (2015) she obtained a DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES against an educator charged in a 17-count felony complaint.  Just in the last year, she obtained a REVERSAL of a federal defendant's 262 month sentence on appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and then subsequently successfully argued for a 10-YEAR REDUCTION in his sentence at a re-sentencing hearing. Just in the last year, she had charges of burglary of a dwelling and tresspass CONTINUED FOR DISMISSAL.

She will work hard and explore every possible defense in your case.  She will listen carefully to you and work with you and your family through the entire process.  She will treat you with the respect and kindness that you deserve.





Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 40%
  2. Administrative Law: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
  4. Appeals: 15%

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  • Jean Marie Brandl

    Ms. MacGillis is a dedicated, professional lawyer who achieves impressive results for her clients. She recently won a difficult appeal on a big white collar fraud case.


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Contact info

MacGillis Law, P.A.

333 South 7th St.
Suite 2350
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

MacGillis Law P.A.

8000 Flour Exchange Building
310 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55415-1012



MNAuthorized to practice199806/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2003
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2002
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2001
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AGislason & Hunter, LLP2003 - 2008
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Minnnesota Law School2003 - 2007
N/AThompson & Sicoli, Ltd.1997 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Defender Mentor ProgramMentor of new federal criminal defense lawyers2014 - Present
Minnesota Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2004 - 2008
Innocence Project of MinnesotaBoard of Directors2001 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. N.L.Acquitted after a trial.
State v. G.K.Continued for dismissal. Dismissed
State v. D.R.Continued for dismissal. Dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kanabec County TimesFelony Charges Dismissed2016
St. Peter HeraldNo jail time for St. Peter teacher2014
LaCrosse TribuneTeacher Receives Continuance For Dismissal2012
Litchfield Independent ReviewAssault Case against Teacher to be dismissed2012
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, ChallengerUnited States v. Jones: Recalculating Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence2012
Star TribuneCharges Against Chaska Teacher Dismissed2011
Shakopee Valley NewsDisorderly Conduct Charges Dropped2011
Hudson Star ObserverFormer Red Wing Teacher Sentenced2011
Red Wing Republican EagleEducator gets jail term2011
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, ChallengerMinnesota Appellate Court Legal SummaryN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Saint Olaf CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Trial SchoolExcellent Sentencing Practice in State and Federal Court2013
MSBA Criminal Law Section Sentencing ConferenceWin Your Case When It IS All On the Line2011