Steven P. Sanders


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

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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 50 cases to verdict. 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 major life insurance company in federal court based upon the insured’s misrepresentation of his medical condition, and serving as special counsel to a major company in mass asbestos litigation. He has also obtained, on the eve of trial, a summary judgment on behalf of a major financial institution in the first case alleging redlining against that institution.

Steve currently serves as Regional Trial Counsel for a Fortune 100 manufacturer of heavy equipment and as National Coordinating Counsel for the company in litigation involving one of its products. He has previously served as National Coordinating Counsel for a consumer goods manufacturer in welding fume litigation.

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 handles cases throughout the Midwest in his role as Regional Trial Counsel. The year 2013 marked the 31stconsecutive year he 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 in Product Liability Litigation for the St. Louis metropolitan area for 2014. Additionally, he has been chosen for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Business Edition in the areas of Personal Injury Defense and Product Liability Law for eight years, and in Commercial Litigation for seven.


  • Received Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating for 2016
  • Named as Lawyer of the Year for product liability litigation-defendants in St. Louis by The Best Lawyers in America (2014)
  • Named as Lawyer of the Year personal injury litigation-defendants in St. Louis by The Best Lawyers in America (2013)
  • Listed with The Best Lawyers in America┬«
    • Recognized for business litigation for 30+ years
    • Recognized for product liability defense and personal injury litigation-defendants for 20+ years
  • Listed with Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
    • Recognized for personal injury defense: products
    • Recognized for business litigation

Professional Affiliations

  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Missouri Bar
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Metropolitan St. Louis (Past President)

Bar Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Eighth Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
    • Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois
    • Southern District of Indiana
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
    • District of Nebraska
    • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Indiana