Sara Kalis has a national practice advising companies on all matters affecting the employee-employer relationship, specifically focusing on traditional labor law and employment law issues. She has particular knowledge of:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Labor arbitration and grievance proceedings
  • Collective bargaining
  • Union organizing campaigns and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) elections
  • Supervisory training courses

Sara represents clients before arbitrators, Minnesota state and federal courts, the NLRB, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also regularly counsels her clients on employment-related matters.

Prior to working at Littler, Sara practiced general civil law and gained valuable experience that allows her to recognize issues of concern across a wide array of industries.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Minnesota State Bar Association


Hennepin County Bar Association


Minnesota Women Lawyers

News, Analysis & Press

Labor Relations Training: Are Your Supervisors Ready?

Minnesota Grocer

Spring Issue, Minnesota Grocers Association

February 2014

Social Media Policies Under Attack

Minnesota Grocer

Winter Issue, Minnesota Grocers Association

November 2013

The World of Labor Today

Minnesota Grocer

Fall Issue, Minnesota Grocers Association

September 2013

Fate of NLRB Recess Appointments Now in Hands of Supreme Court

The Labouring Oar, Federal Bar Association

September 1, 2013

Retention and Recruitment Best Practices

Minnesota Grocer

Summer Issue, Minnesota Grocers Association

July 2013

The Evolving Tension Between Property Rights and Union Access Rights - The California Experience

DLL Meeting Paper

American Bar Association (ABA)

February 2013

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

The Impact of Social Media on Hiring Decisions

Minnesota Grocer

Summer Issue, Minnesota Grocers Association

July 2011

Speaking Engagements

A Study of Today’s Union Organizing Campaigns and Effective Employer Responses

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

The NLRB: A Look Ahead

2017 Littler Midwest Employer Conference

October 26, 2017

Local Policy, Case Law and Labor Update

2017 Florida Employer Conference

Littler, Miami, FL

October 17, 2017

Big 80s Supermarkets Mega Change

Brainerd, MN

July 30-August 1, 2017

Labor Law Update - Are You Prepared for Change

2017 FMI/GMA Productivity Conference, San Diego, CA

May 1, 2017

Banzai! Anglin’ The Riptides of Labor Laws

Minnesota Grocers Association Annual Conference, Brainerd, MN

August 2, 2016

Staying Ahead of the Ever-Changing Labor Landscape

Supply Chain Conference, New Orleans, LA

February 22-24, 2016

2013 Labor Update: Rules, Cases, and the New NLRB

2013 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 30, 2013

Navigating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Minneapolis, MN

January 10, 2013

The Obama Administration’s Impact On Labor Law And In The Workplace

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2007cum laude
  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 2004magna cum laude

Bar Admission



  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin