Sarah J. McEllistrem

Top rated employment & labor attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota

Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP
Sarah J. McEllistrem
Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Business litigation, Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2007

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP

First National Bank Building, Suite West 1100
332 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101-1379 Visit website


An attorney at Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP, Sarah J. McEllistrem represents clients in St. Paul, Minnesota, along with Minneapolis and the surrounding metropolitan area. Her practice is focused on legal issues related to employment law, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Named as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, she has over a decade of experience representing workers who feel they have been wronged by an employer.

Ms. McEllistrem is admitted to practice in the state of Minnesota and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. After graduating from the St. Catherine University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998, she attended the William Mitchell College of Law. In 2007, she graduated with her Juris Doctor.

A member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, she is the past president and current member of the board of directors in the Ramsey County Bar Association. Ms. McEllistrem also is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association, the Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association. She is a qualified neutral in civil alternative dispute resolution.

Her clients include those needing to be represented in professional licensing matters with the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Board of Nursing. An active volunteer with the law clinic in Washington County and Ramsey County, Ms. McEllistrem also has a background working in cost negotiations, development and overall financial performance for Target Corporation.

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Business litigation, Employment litigation: plaintiff, General litigation

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Non-compete agreements, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Litigation

  • 50% Employment & labor: employee
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 20% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% General litigation

First Admitted: 2007, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • , Super Lawyer, 2019 to 2020
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012 to 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2007
  • President, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2020
  • Board of Directors, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2014-2021, 2014
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, 2011-2019
  • President-Elect, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2018
  • Board of Directors, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2013
  • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association, 2011 to 2021
  • Vice President, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2017
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2013 to 2020
  • John Doe 169 vs. Paul Alan Brandon, et al; In Supreme Court A12-1721
  • David Berger vs. Timothy Wynes, Inver Hills Community College, Minnesota State College and Universities, et al; In Court Appeals A17-1342
  • In Re Harry Inge Baker and Jeanne C. Baker Trust dated August 9, 1988 and Janet Baker Evans as Successor Trustee...vs. Marla B. Smith; In Court Appeals A13-0248
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ramsey County Housing and Conciliation Court Clinic, 2017 to Present
  • Washington County Civil Legal Advice Clinic, 2012 to Present
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law Mentor, 2011 to Present
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • US District Court, District of Minnesota, 2007
  • US Court of Appeals (8th Cir.), 2011
Educational Background:
  • B.A. - College of St. Catherine, 1998
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Accommodations & Appropriate Actions: Interplay of ADA, FMLA, and Sexual Harassment, Minnesota Department Of Employment And Economic Development, 2018
  • Presenter at Minnesota CLE, CLE Speaker, Ethics Insights with a Personal Injury Focus (2/11/20), MN CLE, 2020

Office location for Sarah J. McEllistrem

First National Bank Building, Suite West 1100
332 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101-1379

Phone: 651-888-6226


5 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

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