- 14 years experience
University of South Dakota, B.S., J.D., Sterling Honors
IA, SD, 8th Circuit of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, South Dakota Bankruptcy Court, South Dakota Federal District Court, South Dakota Supreme Court,
Growing up on his family's farm in north western Iowa, Sander learned the value of hard work as he worked with his father and grandfather with the dairy operation, and with raising feeder cattle, swine, and grain. Sander applied the same work ethic in law school where he graduated at the top of his class. Since joining the firm in 2005, Sander has used his talents to advocate on behalf of the firm's clients.
Sander's practice area is devoted almost entirely to complex, high-risk litigation matters covering a broad array of disciplines. He has defended area businesses against breach of warranty claims regarding agricultural and other products. He has also represented parties in multiple contractual and shareholder/partnership disputes; and defended creditors in lender-liability suits.
Sander also represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, including complex Chapter 11 matters, and has been involved in some of the most contentious bankruptcy cases in South Dakota, including the Tri-State Ethanol Bankruptcy, and the Veblen Dairy Bankruptcies.
Most notably, Sander is one of the most experienced intellectual property litigators in the region. He has prosecuted and defended multiple patent, copyright, trademark, and trade-secret cases on behalf of area businesses in courts in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Texas. He also has experience with trademark opposition and cancellation matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark office. He has successfully represented multiple trademark owners against domain-name "cyber squatters" both in traditional litigation, as well as in Congressionally-mandated Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings in the National Arbitration Forum.
Sander currently serves on the South Dakota State Bar Ethics Committee.
He and his wife Wendie live in Tea, South Dakota, where they raised their five children, and spend time with their first grandchild.