Arthur Chapman Sally J. Ferguson
  • Sally J. Ferguson
  • Shareholder
  • Chair - Professional Liability
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5920  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Sally is a shareholder in the firm and has been practicing law for more than 30 years.

Clients benefit from Sally’s reputation as one of the most effective trial lawyers in Minnesota. She has tried and arbitrated more than 100 cases and devotes her practice to litigation. In addition, Sally’s extensive experience includes defending hospitals, clinics, medical professionals, railroads, schools, clergy, and attorneys.
Sally is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. These organizations recognize the best of the trial bar nationally and internationally.  

Sally has been recognized as a Super Lawyer® by Minnesota Law & Politics since 2003, Top 50 Women Super Lawyer® from 2010-14, Top 100 Women Super Lawyer® 2005-09 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2011-12.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial, July 2012 and August 2014
  • Master Trial Lawyer Practice Series – Closing Arguments, Hennepin County Bar Association, April 2012
  • Legal Aid Trial Practice Series, Cross Examination of Expert Witness, May 2012
  • MDLA Trial Academy Faculty, January 2009, 2010, 2013

Super Lawyers®, 2003-2020
Top 50 Women Super Lawyers® list, 2010-14
Top 100 Super Lawyers® list, 2011-2012 
Top 100 Women Super Lawyers® list, 2005-09


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1981
University of Minnesota, B.A., 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1981
Wisconsin, 1989
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1981
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 2004 – Present 
     Minnesota Chapter President, 2020
     Executive Committee Member, 2015-present

American Bar Foundation, Fellow
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 
     and Minnesota State Committee Chair, 2014-2016

Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, President 2015-2016
Hennepin County Bar Association, Litigation Section
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
International Association of Defense Counsel
International Society of Barristers, Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Wisconsin State Bar Association



Practice Areas

Legal Team