Best & Flanagan


Sarah E. Crippen


Sarah currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. She also chairs the Employment Law Practice Group and is a former chair of the Litigation Section.  Sarah’s practice focuses on employment advice and litigation, as well as general civil litigation and trial work.

An MSBA Certified Labor & Employment Specialist, Sarah provides advice and training in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour issues, employment and compensation agreements, harassment and discrimination, medical and other leaves of absence, hiring and interviewing, and employee discipline and terminations. Sarah advises clients regarding union/management issues, including collective bargaining, contract management and grievance arbitrations. She is an experienced trial lawyer and regularly litigates employment law matters, representing clients in state and federal court and before local, state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minnesota and federal Departments of Labor.  Sarah also has extensive experience as an investigator, performing employment investigations for a wide variety of clients from municipalities and other governmental entities to Fortune 100 corporations.

In addition to her employment law practice, Sarah handles general business litigation matters including contract, construction, insurance and reinsurance, and probate and estate disputes. Her litigation experience includes significant pretrial and motion practice, court and jury trials, regulatory and administrative hearings, and mediation and arbitration.  Sarah is also a Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.

Sarah has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and has been named a “Super Lawyer.” She provides pro bono services to the MSBA Appellate Advice Clinic and the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its member congregations.


  • University of Minnesota, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991
  • Carleton College, B.A., magna cum laude, with distinction in English

Practice Areas


  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Washington
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • MSBA Certified Labor & Employment Specialist
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Legal Counsel and Advisory Member, St. Paul Area Synod Council, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2015 to present
  • President, Congregation Council, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2006-2008
  • Vice President, Congregation Council, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2008-2009
  • Chair, Webster Magnet Elementary (St. Paul), Site Council, 2002-2003