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Justin Sanders

Justin Sanders

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: December 28, 2018




Justin Sanders is a co-managing partner in Sanders Roberts LLP. His practice focuses on business litigation, general liability defense and the representation of medical professionals. He also has extensive experience in criminal matters.

Sanders began his legal career at the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he worked on several high-profile cases. At Sheppard Mullin, he successfully represented businesses, physicians and politicians in high-stakes litigation.

After three years at Sheppard Mullin, Sanders was recruited to government service by then-Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky J. Delgadillo. In addition to serving as a chief aide to the City Attorney, Sanders managed the city’s relationship with private law firms — upgrading services, cutting costs, regaining control over a $37 million yearly budget and restoring the trust and confidence of the public, the city council and the mayor. He also oversaw the city’s most important litigation and prosecuted scores of criminal cases.

Sanders returned to the private sector a few years later, serving as a senior associate at the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, an international, full-service law firm. At Sidley, he represented business owners and land owners in an array of litigation. In addition, he represented Willie Earl Scott, an inmate on the State of Alabama’s Death Row, pro bono.

Sanders founded Sanders Roberts LLP in 2008. Since that time, his practice has focused on business litigation and the representation of medical professionals. In 2010, he won the largest known police brutality settlement in the history of the County of Los Angeles (Dupree v. County of Los Angeles, et al.). That same year, he successfully represented the first Latina neurosurgeon in the history of the State of California in a licensing case before the Court of Appeal for the State of California (Marquez v. Medical Board of California, 182 Cal.App.4th 548, 2010). Sanders has represented numerous doctors, acupuncturists, nurses and other medical professionals in a host of administrative matters and lawsuits.

He represents businesses and individuals in litigation involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and other matters.

Sanders graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in political science, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2000, winning the prestigious Crispus Wright Scholarship and the Steven B. Sample Presidential Fellowship. He was admitted to the Bar in 2000. Sanders is a member of the Board of Directors of the USC Gould School of Law Alumni Association and the Watts Learning Center Board of Directors. He also is a member of the prestigious California Club, and has served as guest commentator on NBC. 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
March 20, 2019
Re: Ariela Gross

Ariela Gross was quoted on the appointment of Carol Folt as USC's new president. “It’s a great choice,” she said. “I think at Chapel Hill, Carol Folt showed herself to be a person of great integrity, someone with moral leadership, someone who wasn’t afraid to get out in front of issues — and also a really caring leader and teacher who worked with students and with faculty in an educational community.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Emily Ryo
January, 2019

Emily Ryo was a discussant for "Harsh Realities: Treatment of Detained Asylum Seekers in the U.S." which was part of Diversity and Inclusion Week at USC Gould School of Law.

Thomas D. Lyon
January, 2019

"Younger and Older Adults’ Lie-detection and Credibility Judgments of Children’s Coached Reports" (with Alison M. O’Connor & Angela D. Evans)  Psychology, Crime, & Law.

Gregory Keating
January, 2019

"Recognizing Wrongs: Philosophy of Tort Law," Jurisprudence Panel 2, AALS 2019 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.