Michael A. Sacchet

Partner

I seek truth. Inside the courtroom, I collaborate with small and talented teams to advocate zealously for it. Outside the courtroom, I synthesize case law, parse statutes, and creatively write for it. And with each and every other moment, I dedicate my life to it. That’s why I work here, a law firm that upholds the truth by protecting the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Experience

Michael specializes in complex civil litigation, including multi-district litigation. Involved in all aspects of the case, Michael excels at briefing, oral argument, and cross-examining expert witnesses.

Michael has briefed and argued discovery, dispositive, pre-trial, and post-trial motions in federal and state district courts across the country.  He has also drafted appellate briefs and/or argued before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, Minnesota Supreme Court, and Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Notably, Michael was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and named Chair of the Law, Briefing, and Legal Drafting Committee in MDL 2885: In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation—the largest MDL in American history. A four-member panel appointed Michael to both positions after reviewing nearly 200 applications from attorneys across the country and listening to 64 presentations over a 2-day period. As Chair of Law & Briefing, Michael briefed and argued cross-motions for summary judgment on 3M’s global preemption defense. The MDL court granted plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and denied 3M’s cross motion on the government contractor defense, allowing over 200,000 cases to proceed to trial. In addition, Michael defeated numerous Daubert and other dispositive motions in MDL 2666: In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation. As a result of the arguments that Michael briefed and argued in the Eighth Circuit, nearly 6,000 cases against 3M were reinstated after the district court erroneously excluded plaintiffs’ general-causation experts and dismissed the MDL.

Michael has also co-tried numerous cases to verdict, including five bellwether trials in the 3M Earplugs MDL. Obtaining more than $200 million in verdicts in less than a year, Michael never lost a 3M Earplugs trial and helped secure the largest multi-plaintiff verdict ($110 million) and the largest single-plaintiff verdict ($77.5 million) in the MDL.

Prior to joining Ciresi Conlin, Michael served as a law clerk to Judge Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Before law school, Michael served as a Teach for America Corps Member in East Palo Alto, California.

Michael graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, argued and wrote award-winning briefs in the Ames Moot Court Competition, and received numerous dean’s scholar prizes for outstanding academic work. He graduated first in his class from Northwestern University, where he was honored with the Top Grade Point Average Award as well as the Best Legal Studies Undergraduate Thesis Award.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Selected Case Results

In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL 2885: Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and named Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee. Briefed, argued, and defeated 3M’s global preemption defense (government contractor) on summary judgment, allowing more than 200,000 cases to proceed to trial. Briefed and argued all other MDL matters, including choice-of-law and Daubert motions, resulting in the exclusion of 3M’s general experts. Co-tried five bellwether cases in the MDL, obtaining over $200 million in verdicts, including the largest multi-plaintiff verdict ($110 million) and the largest single-plaintiff verdict ($77.5 million). Currently defending those verdicts as co-lead appellate counsel. The MDL is ongoing.

 In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL 2666: Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Law & Briefing, Science, and Expert Committees. Briefed, argued, and defeated 3M’s Daubert, dispositive, and pre-trial motions. Briefed, argued, and reversed the district court’s dismissal of the entire MDL on appeal, reinstating nearly 6,000 cases. The MDL is ongoing.

 Carver v. The Bank of New York Mellon: Co-lead class counsel representing ERISA participants, beneficiaries, and trustees that held American Depository Receipts (“ADRs”) for which the Bank of New York Mellon acted as a depository bank. Obtained settlement on behalf of class for $12.5 million, which the Court approved in May 2019.

Gill v. Gill: Counsel for petitioner in complex marital dissolution action. Obtained multi-million award following appeal in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation: Counsel for plaintiffs in consolidated ERISA action against ten of the world’s largest banks.

Marital Dissolution Action: Counsel for respondent in complex marital dissolution proceeding. Obtained multi-million settlement following trial.

Contract Action: Obtained favorable settlement for business owner in breach of contract action.

Consumer Protection Action: Obtained favorable settlement for plaintiff in consumer protection action.

ADA Action: Obtained favorable settlement for client in ADA and MHRA action.

Noncompete Action: Represented defendant in appeal involving forfeiture of retirement benefits.

Consumer Protection Action: Lead counsel for plaintiff in all phases of litigation and at trial in consumer protection action.

Recognition

Named to Minnesota Lawyer’s Power 30 Personal Injury Lawyers (2022)

Named to “Notable Partners in the Law,” Twin Cities Business (2022)

Named to Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch for Appellate Practice (2022)

Named to Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2022)

Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2021, 2022)

Named to Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers (2021-2022)

Named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2021 – Group Award, 2020 – Individual Award)

Named to the Top 40 under 40 for Civil Plaintiff lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers (2019)

Named one of Minnesota Lawyer’s “Up & Coming” Attorneys (2019)

 

**Being named to a list or receiving an award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.

Speeches

2020 The Year No One Expected – Reflections on Lawyering During the Pandemic, Keynote Speaker, Minnesota CLE (January 2021)

The Power of Mindful Lawyering, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (August 2019)

Developing Awareness and Resilience, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office (August 2018)

The Power of Mindful Lawyering, Hennepin County Bar Association (April 2018)