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Sara E. Gross Methner

General Counsel

Sara Gross Methner is general counsel and secretary of the University of St. Thomas. She joined St. Thomas in 2011 as its first general counsel and also served as chief human resources officer until 2014.

Before joining St. Thomas, Sara was a managing director in the Hong Kong and Minneapolis offices of Piper Jaffray Companies (now Piper Sandler), an investment bank and institutional securities firm. Initially hired as assistant general counsel, Sara took on a dual role as head of compensation, then became general counsel and chief administrative officer for the Asia division, and finally served as the firm's international general counsel. Sara previously was an associate attorney with the law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she practiced in the corporate group. Before earning her law degree, she was a legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Sara graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature. She received her law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School. Sara has been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law and Politics, and she is regularly invited to speak about her areas of expertise and experience. She currently chairs the Legal Services Review Panel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, serves on the NCAA General Counsel Advisory Board, and is a member of the boards of the YWCA St. Paul and DeLaSalle High School. She also is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and formerly served on its board.

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