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Saura James Sahu





University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1999

University of Michigan, A.B. 1996

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Central District of California

Saura Sahu focuses his practice on matters involving high stakes and new legal issues.

At Miller Canfield, he has investigated and litigated a variety of complex matters including employment and ERISA disputes; False Claims Act, fraud and fiduciary duty cases; and criminal charges. He is especially adept at matters involving constitutional issues and corruption allegations (including RICO), as well as cases where employment issues and business torts overlap. Drawing on experience in trial and appeals, he approaches matters with an eye toward the big picture and the bottom line.

After law school, Saura started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Julian Abele Cook, Jr. (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Mich.) Before joining Miller Canfield, he did a variety of innovative and high-level labor, civil rights and criminal defense work. He has also taught courses in Constitutional Law and the philosophy of law.

Representative Matters

Saura represented an internationally renowned medical scientist in a lengthy felony trial. He also served as counsel on multi-state class action litigation to resolve federal questions concerning employees’ rights relating to the modification of retirement benefits. In another case, Saura “second-chaired” under a nationally prominent defense counsel and former American Bar Association trial lawyer of the year.


University of Michigan Law School, Executive Articles Editor, Mich. J. Race & Law; Dean's Certificate of Merit in Constitutionalism in S. Africa; Damon J. Keith Scholar, Wolverine Bar Association

Western Michigan University, Graduate Studies in Philosophy

University of Michigan, with high honors; Independent Honors concentration focusing on Political Philosophy; National Merit Scholar; James Angell Scholar

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment + Labor, Rising Star 2011-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

ACLU of Michigan, Statewide Board of Directors, 2013-present; Lawyers Committee 2012-2004, 2012-present; Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors, 2002-2004

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Co-Chair, Criminal Law Section, 2004-2006

United States Chamber of Commerce, Labor Law Committee

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, Executive Board 2013-present; Membership Committee Co-chair; Civic Outreach Committee Co-chair; Law Student Initiative Committee Co-chair

American Inns of Court - University of Detroit Mercy Law School 2012- present

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority, Board Member 2015


"Primer on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act's Anti-Bribery Provisions," Associated General Contractors of America 95th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, January 29, 2015

"Current Trends on Constitutional Issues, Intellectual Property Issues and Collection and Use of Data Issues in Entertainment and the Arts," ABA International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports, Miami, Florida, May 2, 2014

"The Path Paved With Good Intentions – Recent Issues in Fraud and Compliance," Associated General Contractors of America 95th Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 4, 2014


"The Rise of RICO in Mortgage Fraud Cases," Inside the Minds: Mortgage and Finance Fraud Litigation Strategies, Aspatore Books/Thomson Reuters, 2014 Edition

"Will a Securities Opinion Help to Shape RICO Law?" Business Torts & RICO News, ABA Antitrust Law Business Torts and Civil RICO Committee Newsletter, Spring 2013

"Commentary: New 'cat's paw' cases in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court: Suit can be brought for third-party discrimination," (Co-author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, December 14, 2012

"The Aftermath of the Affirmative Action Decision in Michigan," Miller Canfield Update, Troy, December 2006

"Keeping it Simple: Presenting Complex Matters to Juries and Courts," (Moderator), Beverly Hills Bar Association, May 2006