University of Minnesota Law School (Minneapolis, MN)—J.D. magna cum laude (GPA: 3.835), Order of the Coif, May 2011

Activities/honors: Minnesota Law Review Article Submission Editor (Vol. 95) and staff member (Vol. 94); Dean’s List; Book Award in Privacy, Contracts, and Civil Procedure; legal writing honors


Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)—B.A. magna cum laude, Journalism major/Economics minor, May 2006



City of Saint Paul, Office of the City Attorney, Civil Division (Saint Paul, MN)

Assistant City Attorney, June 2013–present

Advise and represent as general counsel the City of Saint Paul’s Civil Service Commission, Department of Planning and Economic Development, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and convention and visitors bureau. Negotiate, draft, analyze, and monitor execution and performance of significant real estate agreements, including purchase agreements, leases, development agreements, and financing documents, and advise clients on related compliance and regulatory matters. Represent city in judicial and administrative proceedings as required.


Hon. John B. Van de North, Jr., Minnesota Second Judicial District Court (Saint Paul, MN)

Judicial Law Clerk, Aug. 2011–May 2013

Conducted legal research, drafted orders and accompanying memoranda, and assisted with trial court administrative tasks. Served as sole law clerk and primary liaison with litigants for the head judge of the civil bench in St. Paul.


Hon. Diana E. Murphy, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Minneapolis, MN)

Judicial Extern/Volunteer, Jan. 2011–July 2011

Conducted legal research, wrote bench memoranda and drafted judicial opinions.


United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Fall Law Clerk, Aug. 2010–Dec. 2010

Researched civil and criminal legal issues. Drafted and edited briefs.


United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York (Buffalo, NY)

Summer Law Clerk, June 2010–Aug. 2010

Represented the United States at preliminary criminal proceedings under the Student Practice Rule. Researched civil and criminal legal issues. Drafted and edited briefs, proposed orders and plea agreements.



Zac DesAutels, Virtually Untaxable? Red Earth LLC v. United States and Congressional Authorization for State Taxation of Internet Sales,

(Grand Prize, 2011 Paul Faherty Tax Writing Competition)


Zac DesAutels, Note, Changing the Play: Football and the Criminal Law After the Trial of Jason Stinson, 8 Willamette Sports L.J. 29 (2010)



Guitar; science-based cooking; current legal affairs; Houston Astros and Rockets; Big Ten basketball