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Steven P. SandersView Bio as PDF

Steve Sanders’ practice has included trying cases, arguing appeals and supervising litigation in diverse courts from Vermont to California, and has included arguments before the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Missouri and Illinois. Over the course of his career, he has tried more than 60 cases to verdict, with some lasting several months. Among these trials was the successful defense of a major U.S. brokerage company against fraud and conspiracy charges in federal court, the successful defense of a well-known food products franchise in a breach of contract action, the successful defense of many product liability cases on behalf of auto manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, the successful defense of a top life insurance company in federal court based upon the insured’s misrepresentation of his medical condition, and serving as special counsel to a leading company in mass asbestos litigation. He has also obtained, on the eve of trial, summary judgment on behalf of a major financial institution in the first case alleging redlining against the institution.

Steve practices principally in the areas of business and product liability litigation. In addition to the state and federal courts of both Missouri and Illinois, he regularly handled cases throughout the Midwest in his role as Regional Trial Counsel for a Fortune 100 manufacturer. He has previously served as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel for a Fortune 100 company in welding fumes litigation and in truck engine litigation, consistently earning high rankings from the company’s litigation department for responsiveness, economic efficiency, and value for the dollar.

In addition to his litigation practice, Steve is also a certified mediator, having studied mediation methods through the University of Missouri School of Law at Kansas City. He brings his extensive background managing and trying cases, and arguing appeals across the country to the St. Louis area and the Midwest as a mediator for a variety of matters, from personal injury and product liability to commercial litigation.

For over 35 years, Steve has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. He also received the honor of being selected "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in 2013 and Product Liability Litigation -Defendants in 2014 for the St. Louis metropolitan area. Additionally, he has been chosen for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers in the areas of Personal Injury Defense, Product Liability Defense, and Commercial Litigation for over 10 years.


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Southern District of Indiana
  • USDC, Eastern District of Michigan
  • USDC, Western District of Michigan
  • USDC, District of Nebraska
  • USDC, Western District of Wisconsin


  • Indiana University – Indianapolis Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1972

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America, St. Louis Metropolitan Area, 1983-present
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)
    • Commercial Litigation (1983-present)
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2011-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2011-present)
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2006-present.
    • Personal injury defense: products
    • Business litigation

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