Sarah B. Riskin


Sarah’s clients can always rely on her to be responsive, creative, and practical when helping solve their legal problems. She listens well and concentrates on identifying issues of relevance to bring value to her clients.

She truly enjoys partnering with her clients and finds innovative ways to resolve problems with an eye towards the business impact. She’s also good at building relationships with not just her client contacts, but the various witnesses involved, so her clients are less likely to see the charge and litigation work as infringing on their jobs.

When not working, Sarah spends time with her wife and three kids enjoying the Minneapolis park system, particularly the bike trails and Minnehaha Park.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Key Industry Experience

  • Retail
  • Transportation and Transportation Logistics
  • Banking
  • Nonprofits
  • Energy Services
  • Health Care

Recognitions and Honors

  • Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars list, 2014-2018
  • Class of 2008 Excellence in Public Service Award
  • Matt Stark 2008 Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Student Award

Publications and Presentations

  • “Liability Releases for Background Checks Are Unlawful,” The Corporate Counselor, April 2017
  • Gender Identity in the Workplace: Emerging Employment Law Issues (January 2017) (CLE presentation with Jen Cornell)
  • Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community (LINC), “Employment Law for Nonprofits” (March 2016) (CLE Presentation)
  • “Communicable Diseases: What’s an Employer to Do?”, The Corporate Counselor (May 2015) (co-authored with Veena Iyer and Elizabeth Winchell)
  • “The Changing Landscape of Marriage Equality: From Ballot Box to Supreme Court,” ABA Young Lawyers Division 2013 Spring Conference (CLE Presentation)
  •  “The Minnesota Marriage Amendment: History, Process, and Effect” (CLE Presentation)
  • “Unfair Trade Practices,” Minnesota Business Torts Desktop – Chapter 6 (2013 Update) (co-author with Haley N. Schaffer)
  • “New Law: Key Litigation Updates,” Minnesota CLE, September 30, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association – Co-chair, 2014-2016; Board Member, 2011 to present
  •  Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member 2008 to present

Community Engagement

  • Volunteer attorney, Children’s Law Center
  • Founder, Raise the Bar: Day of Service, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Volunteer attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Volunteer attorney, Advocates for Human Rights