Growing up on his family's farm in north western Iowa, Sander learned the value of hard work. He applied that work ethic in law school, graduating at the top of his class. Since arriving in 2005, Sander has worked just as hard for the firm’s clients.
Sander's practice is devoted almost entirely to complex, high-risk commercial litigation about a variety of matters including internal entity disputes (partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies); contract, warranty, product liability, and commercial disparagement claims; defamation claims; lender liability claims; and collections, foreclosures, and complex Chapter 11 and 12 bankruptcy matters. He is one of the most experienced intellectual property litigators in the region, and has plaintiffed and defended multiple patent, copyright, trademark, trade-secret, and non-compete 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.
This wide variety of experience has taught Sander that any complex litigation matter requires more than hard work. There is also a need for strategy and a balancing of rewards and risks. Sander communicates with his clients to develop a litigation strategy that meets their needs. He then pursues it by zealously and tirelessly advocating. This maximizes his clients’ litigation position if a judge or jury has to resolve the case. But he is also sensitive to the financial and other risks inherent in litigation. Each client has a different tolerance for those risks. So Sander also helps clients in resolving cases through practical business decisions, using his strong litigation advocacy to provide an equally strong negotiating position.
Sander serves on the South Dakota State Bar’s Practice Rules Revision Committee, and is the chair of the South Dakota State Bar’s Ethics Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law for the Spring 2021 semester, teaching a course on Secured Transactions.
He and his wife Wendie live in Tea, South Dakota, where they raised their five children, and spend time with their three grandchildren.