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William D. Sanders


Mr. Sanders specializes in complex mass tort, products liability, professional liability, insurance coverage and personal injury defense. He has substantial experience in asbestos litigation, having represented both Fortune 100 companies and mining companies as defendants. He also has experience representing clients in professional liability, personal injury, insurance coverage, consumer protection and securities arbitration matters. Mr. Sanders is a member of the firm's pharmaceutical and life sciences defense practice.

Mr. Sanders has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in professional liability matters. His published opinions include Grubbs v. Knoll, 376 N.J. Super 420 (App. Div. 2005) which established for the first time the application of the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act to recovery of attorney’s fees on multiple bases.  He was also the lead author of the briefs for successful appellate team regarding Strasenburgh v. Straubmuller, 146 N.J. 527 (1996), which established important corporate law principles.

Mr. Sanders served as Legal Assistant to Director Robert D. Lipscher, the Director of New Jersey's Administrative Office of the Courts, and was a law clerk to The Honorable Herbert S. Alterman, J.S.C. in Passaic County. Mr. Sanders was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court's District V-B Ethics Committee from 1997 to 2001, where he successfully prosecuted Matter of Sidney S. Kanter, 162 N.J. 118 (1999). 
Mr. Sanders was also a founding member of the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Inn of Court, and a Master of the Inn from 1995 to 2010. Mr. Sanders has been a frequent lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and has created, moderated, and participated in several seminars which included ethics and professional responsibility matters such as "Taking the Pledge: How to Conduct a Civil Practice," "Civil Motion Practice," "Post-Trial Issues," "Personal Injury Law: Tips for a Better Practice," and "Confidentiality and Its Limitations. He has also lectured for Lorman Educational Services concerning "Litigation Ethics," and the National Business Institute concerning "How to Avoid Becoming the Target of a Legal Malpractice Claim" as part of a panel on "Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Challenges."   Most recently, he Chaired the 2015 and 2016 Harris-Martin New Jersey Asbestos Seminar’s panel on "Legal Ethics."
Mr. Sanders is a member of the state bars of New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York. He is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Brown University.

Florham Park, NJ
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Rutger's University, Newark
J.D., 1982
Brown University
B.S., 1979

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District of New Jersey
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