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Sarah Gad

Sarah Gad

  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, Immigration Law
  • Minnesota
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Susanne Eltamimi October 22, 2022
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Sarah combines a brilliant mind with genuine empathy and compassion. She is someone who I believe is going to raise the standards in the legal profession as a whole.
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Todd O. June 18, 2023
She is Amazing We disagreed on many aspects of my absurd case, But, she puts up with me for some reason. She is amazing. She is the rock I cling to as I hang over the cliff. I would run thru a brick wall for this woman. Smart and humorous, she knew the charges against me were bogus right from the start
George A. May 7, 2023
Top notch amazing attorneys, I dont know where to even begin....they saved my life My experience was a positive one. The firm was very professional, caring, they listened, and made a very scary time feel less scary. They gave me hope and they followed through with everything they said at consultation meeting. They are quite humble too!!!! Here is where things started: I was charged with a DWI in 2020. My defense lawyer at that time said I was going to be deported if I went to trial, and I needed to plead guilty because it would stop me from getting deported. I took his advice to pled guilty to a DWI ... then I got a letter from DHS that I was being deported and to appear in immigration court. Every lawyer I talked to said there was nothing that could be done since I pled guilty, and had sealed my fate. One firm said they would try to help me stop getting deported with no guarantees, and said I had to pay $10,000 just for that. It was a very scary and uncertain time for me, as I thought I was going to be deported away from my family. I was given the information of Gad Law from a dear friend who worked with this firm before. I paid $7,500 total, for Ms. Sarah to handle the criminal plea matter and Ms. Suzanne to represent me in the immigration matter. They explained my options and gave me hope. I was able to take back the guilty plea because I was given wrong information by my old defense lawyer. Sarah handled the guilty plea and got this taken back because I got wrong information. The conviction was vacationed and Sarah got the criminal prosecutor to lower the charge from DWI to disorderly conduct. Ms Suzanne handled the immigration part and stopped the proceedings. Overall, great experience. The lawyers here are very patient, humble, answered every call and question, and really did go above and beyond for me to stop my deportation. They were able to make it so that my plea was reversed and it stopped removal. Long story short my green card is now valid and I am safe with my family in America and eternally grateful for what these wonderful attorneys did for me and my family.
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Biography

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.

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
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Meet
  • Zoom
  • WhatsApp
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    All consultations for potential clients are free of charge.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept Apple Pay.
  • 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota
Minnesota Supreme Court
ID Number: 0403328
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Languages
  • Arabic: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Partner
Gad & Gad Law Offices
- Current
Assistant Attorney
KNN Law Offices
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Forensics Director; Associate
Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates
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Education
University of Chicago
J.D. (2020) | Doctor of Law
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.S. (2009) | Chemistry, Microbiology
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude Highest Distinction
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Awards
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
Member
Current
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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
Certifications
Top Ten Under 40 Defense Attorney
National Academy of Defense Lawyers
Criminal Law Specialist
Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
Websites & Blogs
Website
Gad & Gad Law Offices
Legal Answers
39 Questions Answered
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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Q. I don't think my court appointed attorney is defending me as well as he could/should be. How do I ask for a new one?
A: I am sorry to hear that your public defender is not responsive to you. The Sixth Amendment guarantees every person charged with a crime competent legal counsel, so if your lawyer is not answering your questions or providing you with information about your case, then they might be violating your rights.

In order to remedy this situation, you should write to the judge who is presiding over your case and ask for a new public defender. Explain to the judge what concerns you have about the lawyer that has been assigned to your case. The judge will look at the concerns that you have raised and make a determination about whether your lawyer is violating your right to effective assistance of counsel. If so, the judge will likely appoint a new public defender to your case.

I hope this helps!
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Q. I’m going to represent myself in a petty theft case today. My plans to just plead guilty. Anything I should say or do?
A: Based on the facts that you provided (that you are a 1-time offender charged with a petty misdemeanor) you won't face jail time. You can just state you plead guilty to take accountability for your, establish a factual basis for the guilty plea (explain to the judge why you what happened and why you are pleading guilty). The judge will accept your plea, possibly charge you a fine, and you will be on your way.

It can be very scary for someone who has never been charged with a crime, especially if you are a non-citizen. I am not sure what your immigration status is (if you are a citizen or a green hard holder), but regardless, you will fall under the "petty misdemeanor exception) and will not face removal.

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