Team - Davis Law Office

K. Davis Senseman

Founder

Davis founded DLO in 2010 after nearly a decade of practicing in the corporate department of a larger law firm. Armed with this experience and knowledge of legal solutions used by large entities, she set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individuals. Her mission was three-fold: provide top-notch legal work, charge fair prices for it, and never stop evolving to meet the changing needs of clients. Over six years and more than 400 clients later, Davis is proud of the assistance DLO provides for companies large and small, and the expanding service they now offer for individuals and families. Davis is originally from the East Coast but now calls Minnesota home, except when it comes to football teams.  Davis graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with degrees in Sociology and English, and magna cum laude from Mitchell | Hamline School of Law. Davis now teaches the Business Law Clinic at Mitchell | Hamline School of Law (with Emily as her co-teacher) and serves on the boards of PFund Foundation, the Midwest’s only LGBTQ community foundation and Still Kickin, a non-profit dedicated to building a braver, more supportive world.  Davis lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her wife Sarah, their two sons and two adorable (but not very bright) bulldogs.

Sara K. Van Norman

Partner

Sara joined the firm in 2017. She started out her legal career as a paralegal in a large Minneapolis law firm. After law school, she returned to the same firm for several years as a construction litigation associate. Sara then spent a decade, first as an associate and later as a shareholder, practicing with a boutique firm working throughout the country on behalf of tribes and their business partners. There she handled a wide variety of transactions and litigation, but emphasized construction, financing, regulatory, environmental, and general business matters. She continues to focus on these practice areas today—both inside and outside Indian country. When she met the folks of Davis Law Office, despite their diverse legal backgrounds, it was clear that all shared the same goals for a modern, client-focused law firm: a collaborative approach to the practice; reasonable rates; a smart and agile firm structure; superior work product; and strong community involvement.

Sara grew up in western South Dakota and came to the Twin Cities for college. She attended the University of Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish and later cum laude from the U. of M. Law School. Sara is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center in Minneapolis. She is also a Special Member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, as well as a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and an ornery housecat. Outside of work, she loves to travel, read and write fiction, try new food trucks, and bicycle around the Cities.

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Emily Buchholz

Partner

When Emily met Davis for coffee in 2013 it was clear that the two shared the same professional core values: thinking outside the box, adding real value to clients’ lives, fee transparency, and holistic advocacy, to name a few. DLO was ready to add on another attorney, Emily was ready to join forces with the awesome DLO and CoCo energy, and the rest is history! Emily sees herself as “general counsel” for people who happen to be business owners. Most of her practice focuses on transactional business matters, but she also assists clients with family matters, such as estate planning, and litigation advising. Prior to coming on board with DLO, Emily litigated and negotiated family law cases, was trained and worked as a mediator, and clerked for two different judges. Before attending law school at the University of Minnesota, Emily worked at a magazine for a number of years and earned her bachelors degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Despite being a lawyer, she is also a creative person. She and her spouse, Mark, have three young kids and a Frenchie named Walter, who calls CoCo his second home.

Mohamed Elian

Associate

Mohamed was born and raised in Egypt and moved with his Minnesotan wife to the Twin Cities in 2009. Mohamed is a dual-admitted attorney in Minnesota as well as in Egypt and has practiced law on three continents: Africa, Asia and North America, both in-firm and in-house. Mohamed advises his clients on business and corporate legal matters as he, himself, is also an entrepreneur and understands the needs of building a company. While in college Mohamed, along with his brother, started a hardware computer business in Cairo, which later became one of the most successful hardware companies in the sector. Mohamed has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Cairo University Faculty of Law and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Minnesota Law School. While in school, Mohamed was a note and articles editor on the Minnesota Journal of International Law and he volunteered for the business clinic, where he provided legal advice to start-ups and new business owners, an experience that cemented his desire to dedicate himself to the local community helping small businesses and entrepreneurs. After graduation Mohamed clerked as a fellow for the honorable David S. Doty in the US District Court, District of Minnesota. Mohamed is married and the father of a wonderful and feisty little girl. When not working, Mohamed is either coding or learning a new programming language, playing or watching soccer, cooking, reading, embracing his passion for Italian coffee, or running with his daughter around a lake. Mohamed is bilingual, he is fluent in Arabic and English, and speaks a little bit of French.