Portrait of Joseph Sayler, AttorneyJoseph Sayler


Joe aggressively represents seriously injured individuals and their families. Focusing his work in North Dakota and Minnesota, Joe represents people in serious injury claims, such as those suffering from traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and severe burns. Joe is sought after by both individuals and attorneys from other states, for highly specialized cases such as those harmed by railroads, liquor establishments, medical providers, and toxic products such as asbestos. Joe has represented numerous railroad workers that have been injured on the job through the FELA, including several record settlements.

While he primarily represents individuals in Minnesota and North Dakota (where he is from), Joe has litigated cases in twenty-four states with a great deal of success, including several record settlements. He has been named a rising star for personal injury litigation and is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Joe also teaches torts (including personal injury) to law students at William Mitchell College of Law. He has been asked to author several professional articles about important legal issues by law reviews and other prestigious publications.

In a landmark railroad case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Joe authored an amicus curiae brief that was twice cited by Justice Ginsburg in her majority opinion.


Joe has also volunteered with the Pet Project Rescue, Volunteer Lawyers Network, the Minnesota State Bar Association — Civic Education Committee, the American Red Cross, and in New Orleans on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims.

Areas of Practice

Railroad Injury Accidents
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) – Employee
Personal Injury
Asbestos Exposure
Products Liability
Wrongful Death
Litigation and Appeals
North Dakota and Minnesota

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2008
North Dakota, 2011


William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2008

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laudeUniversity of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 2004

B.S., Criminal Justice, magna cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Warren Burger Inns of Court
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (on publication committee as a contributor and editor)
  • North Dakota Bar Association

Published Articles and Presentations

Hamline Law Review, 2012
Mischief Makers Beware: Minnesota Courts’ Broad Power To Sanction Misconduct In The Wake of Frazier v. BNSF

Minnesota Trial Journal, Spring 2011
Who Sanctioned This?!: The Inherent Power of Minnesota’s Courts to Sanction

William Mitchell Law Review, 2009
The Legacy of the 9/11 Fund and the Minnesota I-35W Bridge-Collapse Fund: Creating a Template for Compensating Victims of Future Mass-Tort Catastrophes

Collateral Consequences Team, 2009
Forthcoming White Paper to be presented to the Minnesota Legislature concerning collateral consequences for individuals introduced to the criminal justice system

William Mitchell College of Law, November 2010
Creating Connections: Getting a Job, Getting a Client, or Just Getting Noticed

Representative Cases

Deibert V. DMVW Railroad (Believed to be a record settlement against the DMVW. Accident occurred when DMVW’s tracks washed out and the locomotive crashed into the hole created by the washout. Primary injury was PTSD).

Grover v. Sidekicks Lounge, et al. (North Dakota dram shop cases involving three bars and a drunk driver and an innocent client who ultimately had her leg amputated. Despite one of the four bars having insurance, settlements exceeded one million dollars).

Shinkle v. BNSF Railway (Railroad worker in Spokane, WA, sustained a traumatic brain injury while working for BNSF. Railroad insisted on accusing Mr. Shinkle of faking this career ending injury. BNSF was caught destroying evidence and the court determined they were completely liable for the injury. BNSF faced sanctions after trial. Halfway through trial, a favorable settlement was reached).

Appellate Work

McBride v. CSX (Amicus Curiae brief cited twice in majority opinion at the United States Supreme Court)

Weissman v. AIG (8th Circuit Court of Appeals)