Sarah Sonsalla’s practice focuses on Municipal Law and Real Estate.
Sarah Sonsalla is a Shareholder at Kennedy & Graven. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in representing cities and townships. Sarah is currently the City Attorney for the cities of Lake Elmo, New Brighton, Fridley, Lake City, Sandstone, and Kettle River and general counsel for Local Government Information Systems (LOGIS), a joint powers entity. Sarah has significant experience in drafting and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, and contracts and attending all types of city council, town board, commission and staff meetings. Sarah also has significant real estate experience including drafting real estate documents such as purchase agreements, easements, and deeds and bringing quiet title actions, proceedings subsequent actions and Torrens registration actions.
Sarah received her B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1998. She received General Honors along with Departmental Honors in Philosophy and Political Science. In 2001, Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school, Sarah served as the Executive Editor of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Review. After law school, Sarah practiced for four years at a law firm in St. Paul as an associate attorney, practicing primarily in the areas of municipal law, labor and employment law, and real estate before joining Kennedy & Graven as an associate attorney in 2005.
Sarah enjoys running, biking, swimming, and downhill skiing. She also enjoys playing the trumpet and has participated in many different bands. Sarah lives in Woodbury with her husband and two children.
Sarah has this to say about Kennedy & Graven: Working with local governments is very rewarding for me because the projects that I work on have the potential to benefit not only a select group of people, but the general public. In working with local governments, I have found that all of my colleagues at Kennedy & Graven are great resources due to their extensive knowledge of local government law. This allows me to serve our clients efficiently and effectively.
Education University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota Juris Doctor, 2001 Law Review: Minnesota Intellectual Property Review, Executive Editor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse Bachelor of Arts, 1998 Honors: General Honors Student Honors: Departmental Honors in Philosophy and Political Science Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society Major: Political Science Major: Philosophy
Bar Admissions Minnesota, 2001 U.S. District Court, 2003
Professional Associations and Memberships Minnesota State Bar Association, Member Ramsey County Bar Association, Member International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), Member Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member University of St. Thomas Law School Mentor Program