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Sarah Gad

Sarah Gad

  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, Immigration Law
  • Minnesota
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Sarah Gad is a founding partner of Gad & Gad Law Offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which specializes in criminal defense, wrongful convictions, and immigration advocacy. Sarah is known nationally for her commitment to fighting for justice — and seeing justice prevail in courtrooms across the country.

Before relocating to her home state of Minnesota, Sarah worked for celebrity attorney Kathleen Zellner in Chicago. She played a pivotal role in several high-profile cases, including Mario Casciaro's exoneration and Steven Avery's appeal from the Netflix series Making a Murderer. In 2019. Sarah also represented Lil Durk's brother in a drug-related matter and single handedly got the entire case dismissed on 4th Amendment grounds. In 2019, Sarah received the University of Chicago Humanitarian Award for her work as a law student in uncovering dozens of fake stash houses that exonerated 13 men in Chicago's South Side of Chicago.

That' not all: after being injured in a car crash in 2011, Sarah herself became addicted to the pain medication that she was prescribed. After being criminalized for her addiction, thrown in jail for it, and stigmatized with a "criminal" record, she decided she had no choice but to fight back. She attended the University of Chicago Law School—one of the top law schools int he country—and she now fights for her clients in the exact same courtrooms that she was handcuffed and shackled in years ago—and most importantly, she often prevails.

University of Chicago
J.D. (2020) | Doctor of Law
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.S. (2009) | Chemistry, Microbiology
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Highest Distinction
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Professional Experience
Founding Partner
Gad & Gad Law Offices
- Current
Assistant Attorney
KNN Law Offices
Forensics Director; Associate
Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates
Speaking Engagements
First, Do No Harm? Opioids as an Iatrongenic Epidemic, Tulane Medicine Grand Rounds, New Orleans, LA
Tulane University Medical Center
Countering the Global Narcotics Epidemic: The U.S. Counternacotics Strategy, Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Washington, DC
Prisoners Eligibility for Pell Grants, Congressional Black Caucus Briefing, Washington, DC
Prisoners Are Patients: The Unconstitutionality of Criminalizing the Disease of Addiction, Medical Grand Rounds
Virginia Hospital System
Keynote Speaker, National Muslim Law Students Association, Chicago, IL
National Criminal Justice Commission Act, Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC
Top Ten Under 40 Defense Attorney
National Academy of Defense Lawyers
Criminal Law Specialist
Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
University of Chicago Humanitarian Award
University of Chicago Law School
Recipient of the 2019 University of Chicago Humanitarian Award for pro bono legal work.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota  # 0403328
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota Supreme Court
ID Number: 0403328
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  • Free Consultation
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our firm has a fixed fee for different types of services. We also offer an a sliding scale payment system for low-income clients.
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
  • Arabic: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can I be charged with assault even if I have an eyewitness saying the injury came from a slip and fall?
A: You can be charged with assault if the police have probable cause to believe you assaulted the person. Probable cause is not very high standard. If the alleged victim had a visible injury and claimed that you were the attacker, that's pretty much all that is needed for probable cause to charge you with assault. Now, if there is credible evidence that disputes that you assaulted the alleged victim (i.e., surveillance footage of the slip and fall, or credible witnesses who can testify that they witnessed the slip and fall), then your lawyer can use that evidence to get the charges dropped later on down the road.

Good luck. Hope this helps!
Q. New aiding and abetting laws in Mn
A: You are correct that there is a new aiding and abetting law in the context of felony murder in Minnesota, but whether the new law is applicable to your fiancé's situation requires additional information. With that said, the new law dictates that a person cannot be charged under the state's aiding and abetting felony murder doctrine if the person neither caused or intended to cause death or acted as a major participant in the underlying felony offense. This new law is also retroactive, meaning that those already sentenced may apply to have their conviction vacated. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine whether your fiancé's conviction may be vacated. ... Read More
Q. I live in MN and I was detained by the city police for assault in the third degree presumable evidence of injury..
A: In Minnesota, they do not actually have to charge you to arrest and hold you in jail. If the police officer believes they have probable cause to make an arrest (probable cause is a very low standard), they can hold you in jail for up to 48 hours without charging you. If they do not charge you within 48 hours after the arrest, they release you pending charges and can decide to charge weeks (or even months) later. If you are released pending charges and the prosecutor decides to charge you at a later point, they will issue a summons to you in the mail, or if they do not know where you live, they might issue a warrant for your arrest. More often than not, you will be charged, arraigned, and a bond will be set before you can be released from jail.

It is common practice for a prosecutor to rubber stamp the police officers probable cause, and for a judge or magistrate to find probable cause based on the mere fact that a prosecutor alleges that there is probable cause. A competent attorney should be able to evaluate the discovery and determine whether there actually is probable cause and also determine if any of your rights have been violated, or whether the state (police/prosecutor) made any mistakes, or any other circumstances that merit dismissal of the charges.

I hope this helps.
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Gad & Gad Law
916 N Emerson
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Telephone: (612) 512-1870