Edmund S. Sauer

Partner
Legal Assistant
Tracy Myers
P: 615.252.3589 tmyers@bradley.com

Over the course of his career, Edmund has handled appeals involving a variety of legal issues, including commercial and contractual disputes, insurance, preemption, intellectual property, labor and employment, ERISA, product liability, financial services, arbitration, pharmaceuticals, class action, federal and state constitutional law, civil rights, environmental law, the Federal Tort Claims Act, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, consumer fraud, antitrust, and the Federal Employers Liability Act.

In addition to his appellate practice, he has authored dispositive and critical motions in a variety of federal and state trial matters, including cases involving breach of contract, insurance, product liability, ERISA, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, federal and state constitutional law, class actions, and construction law.

Experience
  • General Experience
    • United States Supreme Court

      Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, 135 S. Ct. 547 (U.S. 2014).
      Authored amicus brief helping to persuade the Supreme Court to disavow widely adopted presumption against removal to federal court in class actions. 

      Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp. , 135 S. Ct. 897 (U.S. 2015). 
      Authored amicus brief for U.S. Chamber of Commerce in case involving appealability of multi-district litigation (MDL) orders. 

      Tibble v. Edison Int’l , 135 S. Ct. 1823 (U.S. 2015). 
      Authored amicus brief for DRI in case involving applicability of ERISA’s six-year statute of limitations. 

      Animal Care Trust v. United Pet Supply, Inc ., No. 14-954 (U.S. 2015). 
      Authored petition for certiorari asking Supreme Court to resolve circuit split on whether private entities are eligible to claim qualified immunity.

      Federal Courts of Appeals

      Thompson v. Bank of America, N.A., 773 F.3d 741 (6th Cir. 2014). 
      Successfully handled appeal involving federal and state legal challenges to securitization of mortgage loans. 

      United Pet Supply, Inc. v. City of Chattanooga, 768 F.3d 464 (6th Cir. 2013).
      Obtained partial reversal for clients in interlocutory appeal challenging denial of summary judgment. 

      A. O. Smith Corp. & Gaylord Entm’t v. United States, 774 F.3d 359 (6th Cir. 2014).
      Represented corporations suing United States government under Federal Tort Claims Act for over $250 million in damages. 

      Cooper v. CSX Transp., Inc., 560 F.3d 426 (6th Cir. 2009).
      Persuaded Sixth Circuit to hold that the Federal Railway Safety Act precluded an action under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act relating to the use of track ballast. 

      Flake v. Schrader-Bridgeport Int’l, Inc., 2013 WL 4105657 (6th Cir. 2013).
      Successfully represented company in environmental appeal. 

      Woolbright v. Crews, -- F.3d --, 2015 WL 3939382 (6th Cir. 2015). 
      Obtained reversal of district court judgment on issue of first impression. 

      Malone v. Bank of America, No. 14-5532 (6th Cir. 2015) 

      Represent clients in appeal from denial of post-judgment motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b). 

      The Heil Co. v. Evanston Ins. Co., No. 14-5443 (6th Cir. 2015) 

      Represented insurer in appeal involving scope of insurance coverage. 

      Rainey v. SunLife Assurance Co., Nos. 15-5035, 5050 (6th Cir. 2015) 
      Represented healthcare employer in ERISA appeal. 

      United States v. Morales-Loya, 718 F.3d 568 (6th Cir. 2013).
      Appointed by Sixth Circuit to handle appeal involving issues of first impression under Fourth Amendment. 

      DeSoto v. Metro. Bd. of Parks & Rec., No. 14-6507 (6th Cir. 2015) 

      Handled appeal for defendant in employment discrimination lawsuit. 

      Kantz v. Rubin Lublin, No. 15-5490 (6th Cir. 2015). 

      Represent defendants in appeal involving fraud and consumer protection claims. 

      State Auto Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Hargis, 785 F.3d 189 (6th Cir. 2015). 
      Assisted Vanderbilt University Appellate Litigation Clinic in successfully representing client in bad-faith insurance appeal. 

      Coleman v. Mortg. Elec. Registration Servs., No. 15-5145 (6th Cir. 2015). 

      Represent financial services clients in appeal involving quiet-title claims and scope of res judicata. 

      Menkes v. Prudential Ins. Co., No. 13-1408 (3d Cir. 2013). 

      Successfully defended employer in appeal involving scope of ERISA preemption. 

      In re Teleglobe Commc’ns Corp., 493 F.3d 345 (3d Cir. 2007). 

      Represented client in appeal involving the applicability of attorney-client privilege to communications between a corporation and its former subsidiary. 

      Morales v. Bezy, 499 F.3d 668 (7th Cir. 2007).

      Handled actual innocence case before the Seventh Circuit. Client eventually released from prison. 

      Helmer v. Pogue, 567 F. App’x 894 (11th Cir. 2014). 
      Successfully represented claimants in bankruptcy appeal. 

      Brim v. Midland Credit Mgmt., Inc., No. 11-12537 (11th Cir. 2011).

      Challenged adverse jury verdict in Fair Credit Reporting Act appeal. 

      Galarneau v. Merrill Lynch, 504 F.3d 189 (1st Cir. 2007). 

      Persuaded the First Circuit to vacate punitive-damage award in defamation action. 

      Southgate Master Fund, L.L.C. v. United States, 659 F.3d 466 (5th Cir. 2012).
      Authored amicus brief for clients on federal tax issue.

       

      State Appellate Courts

      Ram Tool & Supply Co., Inc. v. HD Supply Constr. Supply, Ltd., 2014 WL 4102418 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014). 
      Briefed and argued appeal establishing scope of preemption under the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act. 

      The SJR Limited Partnership v. Christie’s, Inc., 2014 WL 869743 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013). 
      Successfully briefed and argued appeal involving auction house’s motion to compel arbitration. 

      Walker v. Bank of America, N.A., 2015 WL 1566745 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015).
      Successfully briefed and argued appeal involving state consumer fraud and tort issues. 

      Noranda Aluminum, Inc. v. Golden Aluminum Extrusion, LLC, 2014 WL 4803149 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014). 
      Successfully represented commercial entity in defending summary judgment under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. 

      The Tennesseean v. Metro. Gov’t of Nashville & Davidson Cty., No. M2014-00524-SC-R11-CV (Tenn. 2015). 
      Authored amicus brief on behalf of four advocacy groups seeking victims’ rights exception to Tennessee Public Records Act. 

      Hooker v. Haslam, 437 S.W.3d 409 (Tenn. 2013). 

      Authored amicus brief for Tennessee Bar Association in defending constitutionality of Tennessee's method of selecting appellate judges. 

      Wells Fargo Bank v. Lockett, 2014 WL 1673745 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014) 
      Represented financial services client in appeal involving proper interpretation of real estate contract and whether recision was remedy available under Tennessee law. 

      Fox v. Grayson, 317 S.W.3d 1 (Ky. 2010).

      Briefed and argued appeal before the Kentucky Supreme Court on behalf of the Governor of Kentucky involving the constitutionality of bicameral legislative confirmation requirements for executive-branch appointees. 

      Horton v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 2015 WL 1969363 (Ky. Ct. App. 2015). 
      Successfully handled breach-of-contract appeal for financial services client. 

      Charles Distrib. v. Halliburton, No. 2005-CA-457, 2006 WL 1561234 (Ky. Ct. App. 2006). 

      Successfully represented commercial entity in an appeal involving contractual dispute with customer. 

      Augenstein v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co., No. 2014-CA-001101 (Ky. Ct. App. 2015). 

      Represent financial services client in appeal. 

      Eastside Vend Distribs., Inc. v. Pepsi Bottling Grp., Inc., 913 A.2d 50 (Md. 2006). 

      Successfully defended trial court’s denial of a preliminary injunction in price-discrimination action. 

      Dille v. Centerre Healthcare Corporation, No. 05-11-01354, 2012 WL 2454221 (Tex. Ct. App. 2012).

      Successfully represented employer in appeal involving state payday laws. 

      Bank of America, N.A. v. Prissel, 859 N.W.2d 172 (Wis. Ct. App. 2014). 
      Successfully handled appeal involving previously unresolved issue of statutory construction. 

      Fricano v. Bank of America, No. 2015AP000020 (Wis. Ct. App. 2015). 
      Handling appeal of jury verdict awarding relief under state false advertising statute. 

      CSX Transp., Inc. v. Bickerstaff, 978 A.2d 760 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2009).
      Persuaded the appellate court to vacate damages award and remand for a new trial on damages in product liability case. 

      Miller v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P., No. 5D14-0465 (Fla. Ct. App. 2015) 
      Obtained affirmance and award of attorneys’ fees for financial services clients. 

      Barnet v. GMAC Mortgage, No. 3D11-3324 (Fla. Ct. App. 2013). 
      Successfully represented financial services client in appeal. 

       

      Federal and State Trial Matters

      Tolentino v. Bayer Corp., Sept. Term 2009, No. 01307 (Pa. Ct. Comm. Pl. 2015) 
      Represented drug manufacturer in product liability action; handed dispositive and other pre-trial motions. 

      Tuscumbia City School Sys. v. Pharmacia, No. 3:12-cv-00332 (N.D. Ala. 2013). 
      Represent manufacturer in defending nationwide class action. 

      Lazard Technology Partners v. QinetiQ North America Operations LLC, No. 6815 (Del. Ch. Ct. 2013).
      Obtained dismissal of state-law claims based on ERISA preemption. 

      KenAmerican Resources, Inc. v. Potter Grandchildren, LLC, 916 F. Supp. 2d 799 (E.D. Ky. 2013). 
      Represented trust in litigation involving contractual dispute. 

      Herman v. Lincoln Nat’l Life Ins. Co., 842 F. Supp. 2d 851 (D. Md. 2012). 
      Obtained dismissal of state-law claims based on ERISA preemption. 

      Masterson v. Xerox Corp., No. 3:13-cv-692 (W.D. Ky. 2015). 
      Represent insurer in dispute involving various ERISA and state-law claims. 

      Dearborn Mid-West Conveyor Co. v. Arch Environmental Equip., Inc., No. 11-cv-2479 (D. Kan. 2013).
      Represented commercial entity in breach-of-contract litigation. 

      The Cowtown Found., Inc. v. Beshear, No. 1:09-CV-56, 2010 WL 3340831 (W.D. Ky. 2010).
      Obtained dismissal of federal action alleging racial discrimination in the disbursement of state agricultural funds.