Arthur Chapman Sarah E. Bushnell
  • Sarah E. Bushnell
  • Shareholder
  • Chair - Employment Law
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5913  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Sarah focuses her practice on efficiently solving a variety of complicated business and employment problems consistent with her clients’ goals. Sarah also defends professionals in regulatory investigations and malpractice actions. Clients appreciate Sarah’s creativity and skill and the time she takes to discuss the legal process and strategic options with them – from before a case goes into litigation and through all appropriate appeals. She has been selected for inclusion on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list for the years 2013-18 and is included on the Top 50: Women Minnesota Super Lawyers® list for 2016.

Sarah serves as a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and volunteers for the domestic abuse ministry at her church. When not working with clients, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and reading classic literature.

Selected for inclusion on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2013-18
Selected for inclusion on the Minnesota Rising Stars® list, 2007, 2008, 2012

Selected for inclusion on the Top 50: Women Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2016


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2002
Northwestern College, B.S., 1999

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 2003 (inactive)
Minnesota, 2003
Wisconsin, 2018
Supreme Court of the United States, 2015
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2004
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2016
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 2007
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2015
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2016
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2017


  • "Effective Drafting for Employment Settlement Agreements," Bench & Bar of Minnesota, July 2017
  • “Loss of Chance, New Medical Malpractice Risk in Minnesota,” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, November 2013
  • “Arbitration Agreements & Collective Action: The Consumer, the Class, and the FAA,” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, November 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

Bethlehem Baptist Church Domestic Abuse Response Team, Volunteer
Children's Law Center Volunteer Attorney

Christian Legal Society of Minnesota 
Christian Legal Society (National)
Federal Bar Association
Harvard Club of Minnesota
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, 2017 Faculty
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Minnesota State Bar Association
Supreme Court Bar Association


Massachusetts (inactive)

Representative Cases
Albert v. Principal Fin. Grp., No. CIV. 12-1224 DWF/FLN, Doc. 174 (D. Minn. May 29, 2015)
Obtained permanent litigation injunction against employee who brought serial litigation against former employer and others.

Ritter v. Auntie Ruth's Animal Care and Wellness, Inc. d/b/a Auntie Ruth's Furry Friends, File No: 27-CV-13-15423 (Henn. County May 8, 2015)
Successfully defended against constitutional challenge to the judge trial provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act and won a complete defense verdict after a bench trial.

Zutz v. Nelson, No. A14-0573, 2014 WL 7344058 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2014), rev. denied (Mar. 25, 2015), cert. denied petition (U.S.), Oct. 5, 2015
Successfully attained and defended summary judgment for defendants in seven year old defamation case and obtained appellate ruling that defendants engaged in public participation within the meaning of the Anti-SLAPP law, opening the way for a defensive attorneys’ fees award.

Albert v. Principal Fin. Grp., 586 F. App'x 255 (8th Cir. 2014)
Successfully defended summary judgment in favor of employer on ERISA claims by former employee.

Unity Healthcare, Inc. v. Cnty. of Hennepin, No. 14-CV-114 JNE/JJK, 2014 WL 6775293 (D. Minn. Dec. 2, 2014)
Obtained Rule 12 dismissal of race discrimination claims in business interference case.

Tarek ibn Ziyad Acad. v. Islamic Relief USA, 794 F. Supp. 2d 1044 (D. Minn. 2011)
Successfully defended charter school authorizer against school’s motion for preliminary injunction based on constitutional, contract, and tort claims; action voluntarily dismissed.

TCF Nat’l Bank v. Bernanke, 643 F.3d 1158 (8th Cir. 2011) 
Represented debit card issuer on expedited appeal of denial of preliminary injunction on constitutional challenge to the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 that reduced debit interchange fees below cost.

Am. Civil Liberties Union of Minn. v. Tarek ibn Ziyad Acad., 788 F. Supp. 2d 950 (D. Minn. 2011) 
Obtained affirmative summary judgment on contractual indemnification claim after more than two years of complex and contentious constitutional litigation that attracted significant media attention.

Pellett v. TCF Bank, N.A., No. 0:10-cv-03943-DSD-FLN, Doc. 58 (D. Minn. Nov. 24, 2010) 
Successfully objected to magistrate judge order staying determination of motion to compel individual arbitration of purported class action claims pending Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) ruling on transfer of the case to a multidistrict litigation in Florida; individual arbitration compelled and conditional transfer order of JPML ultimately vacated.

Mala Geoscience AB v. Witten Tech., Inc., No. 06‐1343(RMC), 2007 WL 1576318 (D.D.C. May 30, 2007)
Lead firm for petitioner on successful motion to partially vacate AAA arbitration award where arbitrator exceeded his authority by arbitrating in Washington, D.C. a dispute the parties had agreed to arbitrate exclusively in Sweden

Crosstown Holding Co. et al. v. Associated Banc‐Corp., No. A‐05‐2317, 2006 WL 2405835 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 22, 2006)
Defended purchaser of bank branches against claims by unsuccessful competing bidder; judgment on the pleadings based on collateral estoppel ordered and affirmed on appeal.

Witzman v. Krohnke et al., No. A04‐1407, 2005 WL 757892 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 5, 2005)
Successfully represented Faegre & Benson and one of its retired partners in former client’s appeal of summary judgment on multimillion dollar legal malpractice claims.

Practice Areas

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