Sarah Stensland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Patterson Thuente IP
80 South Eighth Street, Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-361-0309
Fax: 612-349-9266
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Litigation (50%), Intellectual Property (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Sarah Stensland is a partner and member of the litigation and trademark teams at Patterson Thuente Pedersen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Ms. Stensland's overarching experience makes her adept at counseling clients on all aspects of intellectual property.  She has served as trial counsel for companies in disputes ranging from patent infringement to false advertising, represented clients in trademark oppositions and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the USPTO, developed strategies for brand protection and IP enforcement for major consumer brands, and negotiated license and settlement agreements. 

Ms. Stensland is a chemical engineer as well as an attorney. She uses her unique knowledge and experience to provide valuable advice to clients regarding their product technologies. Her clients include individual entrepreneurs, as well as US-based and multinational corporations of all sizes in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, software, and engineered materials companies.  She is committed to providing personalized service and high-quality representation to each client.

In addition to running her law practice, Ms. Stensland serves in several professional legal organizations, including as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the  Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter and a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna IP Inn of Court. She is a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and belongs to the Legislative Action Committee of the Wayzata Public Schools.

Ms. Stensland earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Iowa. She graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She holds a license to practice law before all Minnesota state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked for General Mills and Cargill.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 50%Intellectual Property
Focus Areas

Copyrights, Trademarks


2 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

About Sarah Stensland

Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

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Representative Clients

  • Tricam Industries; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Hetero USO, Inc.; Glenmark Pharmaceuticals; Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Polymer Group, Inc.; AGA Medical Corp.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Wayzata School District Legislative Action Committee
  • Volunteer attorney with Children's Law Center
  • Yohannes v. Habtesilassie (A07-291)- Represented defendant in defamation at MN Court of Appeals, affirmed lower court decision in favor of defendant; court awarded sanctions.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Equity Committee
  • Minnesota Federal Bar Association, IP Committee


  • Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • William Mitchell College of Law, William Mitchell Law Review, 2006
  • Shades of Confidentiality: Understanding the Attorney-Client Privilege, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, October/November 2018

Educational Background

  • 2001 - BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa

Industry Groups

  • FBA
  • MWL
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Office Location for Sarah Stensland

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-361-0309

Fax: 612-349-9266

Last Updated: 1/22/2021

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