Vanderbilt University Law School
Jim Sanders joined Neal & Harwell in 1978 and is one of the Firm’s most experienced Members. He serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee. Jim is among a select group of lawyers nationwide to whom clients, both corporations and individuals, turn in high stakes investigations, litigations and trials. He has tried cases all over the country, many of which lasted months. This experience in these types of cases is rare in the legal profession and usually involves leading a team of lawyers from other firms and in-house counsel.
Jim has been recognized in a number of “best lawyers” lists, but the most significant recognition, in his opinion, is being inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1997. The College’s Fellows are chosen by invitation only and Fellowship is limited to one percent of the total lawyer population of the state in which the lawyer practices.
Among Jim’s notable, lengthy trials are The Twilight Zone trial (representing Director John Landis) and the Exxon Valdez trial in Alaska; in both, Jim served as co-counsel with the late James F. Neal. Others include two trials in Baltimore County, Maryland, representing ExxonMobil in a gasoline line leak that involved hundreds of plaintiffs. In addition to the normal media coverage, Jim’s role, examinations of witnesses, and arguments in these cases are mentioned in the following books:
Recently, Jim has represented (as co-counsel) the Southeastern Conference in an anti-trust, right to publicity case brought in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and the lead switch engineer in the various proceedings arising out of the GM ignition switch recalls involving the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and others.