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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Edmund S. Sauer

Edmund S. Sauer

Partner

Expertise

  • Litigation
  • Appellate

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Profile

Edmund Sauer is a trusted appellate lawyer who has successfully handled hundreds of appeals for clients throughout the country. Edmund has represented clients in every federal circuit court of appeals and in many state appellate courts. He appears most often in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where he clerked for two judges, and in Tennessee and Kentucky state appellate courts. Over the course of his career, he has handled appeals involving nearly every type of legal issue.

Edmund also frequently collaborates with co-counsel in federal and state trial courts to develop litigation strategy, prepare compelling dispositive and post-judgment motions, and preserve errors for appeal. He has particular experience serving as the appellate lawyer embedded with trial teams in complex litigation.

In the last three years alone, Edmund has obtained more than 20 victories for clients in federal and state appellate courts. In one instance he obtained a post-judgment reversal of a $22 million jury verdict against a national healthcare company and successfully defended the reversal in the Sixth Circuit. Edmund won three cases in the Tennessee Supreme Court, including a seminal case establishing the proper method of contractual interpretation in Tennessee. He also obtained a reversal for an international automobile manufacturer in a tax dispute in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and numerous other appellate victories for clients in high-stakes commercial, product-liability, and labor/employment actions.

In addition to practicing law, Edmund teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure at Vanderbilt Law School and is a frequent speaker on appellate and brief-writing issues. Edmund has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section. He also proudly devotes a significant amount of time each year to representing indigent clients in appellate matters on a pro bono basis.

Prior to joining Bradley, Edmund worked as an appellate lawyer at Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C. He also served as deputy general counsel to Gov. Steven L. Beshear, representing the Kentucky governor in federal and state courts and helping coordinate executive branch litigation. 

A Fulbright and Truman Scholar, Edmund clerked for two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: Judges Jane B. Stranch and Boyce F. Martin, Jr.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2011
  • Kentucky, 2004
  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • Arkansas, 2013

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2004, Editorial Board Member, Virginia Law Review; Hardy Cross Dillard Fellow
  • Queen’s University, M.A., 2001, Fulbright Scholar
  • Centre College, B.A., 2000, with honors; Harry S. Truman Scholar
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Over the course of his career, Edmund has handled appeals involving a variety of legal issues, including commercial and contractual disputes, insurance, preemption, intellectual property, labor and employment, ERISA, product liability, financial services, arbitration, pharmaceuticals, class action, federal and state constitutional law, civil rights, environmental law, the Federal Tort Claims Act, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, consumer fraud, antitrust, and the Federal Employers Liability Act.

In addition to his appellate practice, he has authored dispositive and critical motions in a variety of federal and state trial matters, including cases involving breach of contract, insurance, product liability, ERISA, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, federal and state constitutional law, class actions, and construction law.


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