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Jody S. Sanders

Biography
Jody S. Sanders obtains his clients’ goals by telling their stories and legal arguments through concise, well-written legal briefing and informative and persuasive oral presentations.  His effective legal writing been recognized by his clients, colleagues, co-counsel, and opposing counsel.  But, successful presentations are only part of the process.  He also ensures the best outcome by preparing strategies that bring success not only in litigation, but also throughout the appellate process—whether in state or federal court.  His approach focuses on identifying key legal issues that streamline the litigation process to achieve a client’s goals while avoiding unnecessary expense.

Mr. Sanders's experience includes all stages of litigation in trial courts throughout the state, as well as appeals and original proceedings in Texas’s intermediate courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and federal appellate courts.  Mr. Sanders is called frequently to assist other litigators in drafting dispositive motions, ensuring error preservation, and handling trial and post-trial proceedings to prepare for a potential appeal.

Mr. Sanders also represents clients in a variety of administrative and arbitration proceedings.  His experience includes frequent representations of clients appealing property tax determinations before county appraisal districts, representing clients in state-level administrative proceedings, and representing clients in both the attorney and judicial disciplinary systems.  He also has represented clients in a variety of arbitration forums.

Mr. Sanders's practice is wide-ranging, and has included cases involving commercial disputes and litigation, energy law, personal injury matters, family law, probate litigation, government contract disputes, products liability actions, securities arbitrations, administrative tax proceedings and litigation, bankruptcy litigation and appeals, property disputes, and a wide variety of declaratory and injunctive actions.
Experience and highlights
  • BNSF Ry. Co. v. Baca, No. 02-17-00168-CV, 2018 WL 1528573 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth March 29, 2018, no pet.)(mem. op.)
  • BNSF Ry Co. v. Epple, No. 07-15-00355-CV, 2016 WL 7010581 (Tex. App.—Amarillo June 2, 2017, pet. denied)
  • BNSF Ry. Co v. Phillips, 485 S.W.3d 908 (Tex. 2015)
  • Sinclair v. Estate of Ramirez, No. 10-14-00157-CV, 2015 WL 3534156 (Tex. App. Waco—June 4, 2015, no pet.) (mem. op.)
  • BNSF Railway Co. v. Wipff, 408 S.W.3d 662 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2013, no pet.)
  • Mitchell v. Ballard, 420 S.W.3d 122 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2012, no pet.)
  • In re Woo Young Med. Co., No 02-12-00263-CV, 2012 WL 30262769 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 27, 2012, orig. proceeding [mand. denied]) (mem. op.)
  • Parks v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, et al., No. Civ-09-202-D, 2012 WL 4382194 (W.D. Okla. Sept. 25, 2012), reconsideration denied, 2013 WL 952214 (W.D. Okla. Mar. 11, 2013)
  • IASIS Healthcare Corp. v. Apollo Physicians of Tex., P.A., No. 13-10-00173-CV, 2011 WL 4998644 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Oct. 20, 2011, no pet.)
  • Martin v. Martin, No. 02-08-490-CV, 2010 WL 2331448 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2010, pet. denied)
  • French v. Law Offices of Windle Turley, P.C., No. 02-08-273-CV, 2010 WL 744794 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth March 4, 2010, no pet.)
  • Winegar v. Martin, 304 S.W.3d 661 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2010, no pet.)
  • In Rosenbaum, Adversary No. 09-4023, 2010 WL 1856344 (Bankr E.D. Tex. May 7, 2010), aff'd, 2011 WL 4553440 (ED. TX Sept. 29, 2011)
  • Defended client in a jury trial seeking to foreclose an aircraft lien
  • Obtained a $1.3 million award in a securities arbitration proceeding
  • Obtained $740,000 summary judgment for client in breach-of-contract case
  • Represented local university in a property tax dispute with Appraisal District; case settled with no tax liability to client
  • Successfully represented local non-profit in administrative appeal of tax dispute
  • Overturned $13 million summary judgment against client
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of all grievance charges against Texas attorney after evidentiary hearing and obtained affirmance by Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
Affiliations and honors

AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Member
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
    • Appellate Section, Chair, 2016-2017
  • Board of Directors for Community Hospice of Texas, Member
  • The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, Managing Editor, 2017-2018
  • Leadership ISD's Tarrant County Civic Voices, Fellow, 2017-2018

HONORS

  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2018
  • Top Attorney in Appellate Law, 360 West magazine, 2017-2018
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2013-2018
Education
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
         Order of the Barons
  • Texas Christian University, B.A., cum laude, 2001
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
  • "Statutory and Common Law Chapter 33 Issues Working Their Way Up," Texas Bar Advanced Civil Appellate Practice CLE (2018).
  • "Permissive Appeals, I'd Like to Phone a Friend for Trial Judges," Texas Center for the Judiciary Judicial Education Conference (2018).
  • Permissive Appeals, Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys CLE, (2018).
  • "Court of Appeals May I?  Getting the Court to Take (or Reject) a Permissive Appeal,”  Tarrant County Bar Association Appellate CLE (2018)
  • "Chapter 33:  A One-Stop Statute for Your Damage Awards,” Texas Bar CLE Damage in Civil Litigation Course (2018)
  • "Damages in Business Litigation,” Texas Bar CLE Business Disputes Course (2017)
  • "The Texas Citizens Participation Act:  A Litigator’s New Best Friend or Worst Enemy?,” The Advocate, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, Volume 80 (2017)
  • "The Texas Citizens Participation Act,” Corporate Counsel Review, Volume XXXVI 53 (2017)
  • "How to Avoid (or Give) and Anti-SLAAP?," Texas Bar CLE Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (2016)
  • "Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law: Do They Really Matter?," Texas Bar CLE, Advanced Civil Trial Course (2016)
  • "A Conversation with the Staff Attorneys," Moderator, Tarrant & Dallas County Bar Associations' Joint Appellate Seminar (2015)
  • "Interlocutory Appeals," Civil Appellate Practice 101 (2015)
  • “Jumping the Gun: Interlocutory and Permissive Appellate Proceedings,” Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Seminar (2015)
  • "Property Tax Appraisal Protests:  What’s the Appeal?,"The Network (2013)
  • “Challenges for Cause in the Jury Selection Process: When A Person Can/Can’t be Rehabilitated Judicial Perspective," Texas Bar CLE 34th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (2011)
  • “Trying Cases to the Trial Court Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law Update," State Bar College 13th Annual Summer School (2011)
  • “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law Update," Tarrant County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference XVIII (2011)
  • “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law: Do They Really Matter?," Texas Bar CLE Handling Your First Civil Appeal (2011)
  • “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law: Do They Really Matter?,” TCBA Appellate Section Disposition Without a Jury (2011)
  • "Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law: Do they Really Matter?," Texas Bar CLE co-author (2010)
  • "The Taxman Cometh: Current Issues and Strategies to Avoid Loss of a Real Property Exemption," Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas Annual Meeting (2010)
  • "Respondent's Strategies in the Supreme Court," Texas Bar CLE co-author (2009)