Faris Rashid represents clients in technology, intellectual-property, and trade-secret disputes.

Faris tries cases, argues high-stakes motions, and deftly cross-examines witnesses ranging from executives to entomologists. A Fortune 100 client said that Faris’s “briefs sing, and he has won the praise of many state and federal judges for his composure and agility as an oral advocate.” Faris has a particular knack for understanding cutting-edge products, technologies, and business arrangements and then explaining the issues in a way that earns the court’s trust. 

Faris also settles business disputes before they reach a lawsuit, provides concrete advice for navigating new areas of law, and conducts probability-based risk assessments. Clients hire Faris to look around corners and spot strategy challenges at the earliest possible moment. As one client said, Faris “stands out among his peers for his ability to assess the business risks inherent in a case.”

Outside of his litigation work, Faris has proven himself as a thought-leader on technology and business-litigation topics. He is consistently invited to speak at premier seminars including the Minnesota Technology Law Institute, the Minnesota Business Law Institute, and the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, and he has presented on the impact of new data-privacy regulations in the EU.


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • State Bar of Minnesota
  • State Bar of Wisconsin 

Professional & Community Affiliations


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Board of Directors and Civil Section CLE Co-Chair
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice


  • Appointed by Gov. Tim Walz in 2020 to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (2020-present), Chair (2022)
  • American Constitution Society
  • St. Paul Union Park District Council, At-Large Director (2017-2019)
  • Minnesota Opera, Tempo Young Professionals Group, Director and Treasurer (2014-2016)
  • Lexington-Hamline Community Council, Director and Vice President (2013-2016)
  • Americorps, Member, 2006-2007

Thought Leadership




  • Mitchell-Hamline School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2016-2019)


  • Course Co-Chair, 50+ Strategies and Tips for Civil Litigators, Minnesota CLE (February 16, 2022)
  • Top 10 Tips for Better Using Legal Research in Writing and Oral Argument, Co-Presenter, Minnesota CLE (February 16, 2022)
  • Lessons Learned from Young Leaders, Legal Leadership Network (August 25, 2021)
  • A Fresh Take on Legal Writing, Minnesota State Bar Association (August 23, 2021)
  • ​What to Do Before You Sue: Matters Preliminary to Suit and Pre-Filing Considerations, Minnesota CLE (July 13, 2021)
  • How to Effectively Defend a Remote Deposition: Advocacy from Afar, Minnesota CLE (March 3, 2021)
  • Emerging Voices Speaker Training, Minnesota CLE (November 17, 2020)
  • MSBA practicelaw Conference: How to Leverage Risk Analysis and Quantitative Data to Gain the Upper Hand in Litigation, Minnesota State Bar Association (October 21, 2020)
  • MSBA practicelaw Conference: How to Make Your Research Count in Your Writing, Minnesota State Bar Association (October 14, 2020)
  • Ethics in the Time of COVID-19, Minnesota CLE (May 15, 2020; December 4, 2020; February 4, 2021)
  • 2020 Business Law Update, 2020 Business Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (February 20, 2020)
  • How to Give Successful Presentations, Minnesota CLE (November 25, 2019)
  • Ethics: Protecting Client Confidences - Common Interest Privilege in IP Matters, 2019 Midwest IP Institute, Minnesota CLE (September 26, 2019)
  • How to Make Your Research Count in Your Writing, Legal Research Day at the MSBA, Minnesota State Bar Association (September 16, 2019)
  • 2019 Business Law Update, 2019 Business Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (May 6, 2019)
  • Data Topics for the Civil Litigator, U.S. Litigation and the GDPR: How the GDPR Affects Your Practice, Minnesota CLE (January 2019)
  • U.S. Litigation and the GDPR: How the GDPR Affects Your Practice, 2018 Technology Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (November 13, 2018)
  • Sybil Conversations: How to Persuade – Ethos, Pathos and LogosMinnesota CLE (Webcast) (August 9, 2018)
  • Religion in the Workplace – Duties to Accommodate and the Consequences of Not Doing So, 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (May 2018)
  • It Just Got Personal: Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction, Co-Presenter, Minnesota CLE (May 2018)
  • 2018 Minnesota Business Update: Caselaw and Legislative Developments, 2018 Business Law Institute (May 2018)
  • Sybil Conversations: E-Discovery New Best Practices and Latest Fads, Minnesota CLE (On-demand seminar) (December 2017)
  • Minnesota Business Law: Cases You Need to Know About, 2017 Business Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (May, 2017)
  • Recent Developments in M&A Litigation, Minnesota CLE (September 2015)


  • 2021 Attorney of the YearMinnesota Lawyer
  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021-2023)
  • Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2019-2022)
  • Recognized as Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer (2019)
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2015; 2017)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School—Davis Award for Excellence in the Study of Constitutional Law


Practice Areas


J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, magna cum laude

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, with high distinction 


Faegre Baker Daniels, Associate 

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, Law Clerk