Brian M. Sanders

Shareholder  |   Oakland/East Bay

Mr. Sanders is a shareholder and partner in the Oakland office. His primary focus is on complex construction defect litigation. He is co-chair of the firm’s Construction practice group. However, his practice also encompasses personal injury, premises liability, product liability, mass tort, business defense, and professional responsibility matters. Mr. Sanders is a member of the Association for Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Construction Defect Committee. He frequently publishes and speaks (recently at Pennsylvania Lumbermen’s Insurance in Philadelphia) on matters of interest to our clients and the community at large.  He is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s Construction blog. Mr. Sanders is AV Peer Review Ratd by Martindate-Hubbell.

Brian is a member of several industry groups, including:

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) as a CLMP designee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association for the Remodeling Industry
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, serving on its Construction Law Committee as well as an associate editor of the Defense Comment publication. 

Brian also serves the community as a member of the Antioch and Concord, California Chambers of Commerce and the Deer Valley Law Academy, serving as an attorney coach for the Deer Valley Law Academy’s Mock Trial teams.

Prior to law school, Brian's business experience included appointment to the board of directors at the former Center for Community Mediation in Costa Mesa, California; training and working as a DRPA mediator; serving as general manager of a consumer collection agency in Santa Ana, California; and government student loan servicing and collections.

In his 2L and 3L years at law school and for the following three years he was affiliated with a law firm in Orange County, California, handling primarily mortgage broker and lender defense in civil matters and before the California Department of Real Estate and Department of Corporations and the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  He also handled matters involving personal injury plaintiff's actions, and conservatorship supervision for incapacitated injury plaintiffs.

He received his mediation training under a seminal figure in the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles mediation program, the late Professor William Hobbs.

  • Loyola Law School, J.D.
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A.,cum laude (Philosophy)
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court,Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court,Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States