K. Davis Senseman
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, Davis set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individuals. The 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 eight years and more than 900 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 and serves on the advisory board of Mainstreet Alliance of Minnesota, providing small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues; the Board of Directors of Still Kickin, a non-profit dedicated to building a braver, more supportive world; and the Board of Outfront Minnesota Action, making LGBTQ equity politically feasible on a local and state level. Davis lives in Northeast Minneapolis with wife Sarah, their two sons, two adorable (but not very bright) bulldogs and a cat named Simon.
Sara K. Van Norman
Sara K. Van Norman leads the tribal practice at DLO. 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. A detailed bio can be found here.
She continues to focus on these practice areas today—both inside and outside Indian country—and is also a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. 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. Among her other memberships and service, Sara currently serves as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of Northern Lights.mn, the public arts non-profit that puts on the annual Northern Spark Festival in the Twin Cities. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner. Outside of work, she loves to travel, read and write fiction, try new food trucks, and bicycle around the Cities.
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.
Chuck has nearly 20 years of experience working in law firms and corporate legal departments with a focus on complex litigation, finance, and real estate matter management. Most recently, Chuck has provided litigation paralegal support to complex litigation teams and assisted with information governance initiatives for corporate clients, including the improved management of data sources frequently targeted in discovery.
Chuck has a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Political Science and Communication from the University of Minnesota and a certificate from the Georgetown eDiscovery Training Academy. Chuck is a member of the Minnesota Paralegal Association, the Lavender Bar Association, and Women in eDiscovery, and serves as the Chair of the Technology Section for the Minnesota Paralegal Association. Chuck lives in South Minneapolis with their spouse Kollin, daughter Piper, cats, and a large & in charge rescued husky. When not at home, the whole family can be found working with rescue animals and exploring state and national parks and public land.