University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1999
University of Michigan, A.B. 1996
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.
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.
This case arose from the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal. In December 2010, Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, and four other co-defendants including Bobby Ferguson, were criminally indicted by the Department of Justice for public corruption and other wrongful conduct. During the grand jury’s investigation, it came to light that some local contractors, Inland Waters Pollution Control, Lakeshore Engineering Services and DLZ Michigan, may have been played a role in the Kilpatrick scandal. The city and the Detroit Water and Sewage Department hired Miller Canfield to investigate these allegations. The investigation led to a 70-page complaint being filed against these three companies, Kilpatrick and Ferguson, along with various other contractors and city officials, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and other claims.
In February 2013, after hearings on a motion to dismiss during the pleadings phase, the City and water department agreed to settle with all three of the contractors. Inland Waters agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle its portion. Lakeshore agreed to pay $5.075 million for its share and DLZ agreed to pay $200,000. All settlements in the case totaled $9,775,000.
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
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