David S. Sanderson 


Born Philadelphia, PA

Penn State University, B.A. Foreign Service and International Politics, 1985; Minors in Business and Economics; Editorial Newspaper Columnist; Studies abroad 1984

Fordham Law School, J.D., 1988; Urban Law Journal; Moot Court Board; Academic Awards; Pre-graduation work experience including summer 1986, Legal Intern to NYC Judge Seymore Schwartz; Summer 1987, Law Clerk for Goldfarb & Scnoll, NYC general practice and personal injury law firm; Fall 1987, Legal Intern to NY Federal Bankruptcy Judge Howard C. Buschman; Spring 1988, Law Clerk for Allister & Naudon, a NYC banking law firm; Spring 1988, Law Clerk for Davis, Markel and Edwards, a large NYC corporate law and commercial litigation firm

August 1988 - May 1991, Associate Attorney with Lunney & Crocco, a mid-sized New York City commercial and general practice litigation firm 
(Summer 1991, moved to Boulder, Colorado)

January 1992 - Present, Founder and Principal of Sanderson Law, P.C., a full-service law firm based in  Boulder, Colorado

February 1998 - 2006, Board of Directors, Imagine!, Boulder County's largest nonprofit organization, serving people with developmental disabilities

2000 Candidate for Boulder County District Attorney; major endorsements included Colorado Governor Bill Owens ("energetic and dynamic leader") and both Senators, the Longmont Daily Times-Call ("best qualified"), the Boulder Weekly ("competent, intelligent, successful"); featured on CNN and various local television and radio stations

Fall 2001, Founder and Principal of Practical Politics Inc., a nonprofit and nonpartisan political consulting firm

2002, Board President, Imagine! 

March 2006 - March 2011, Board of Directors of Chestor House (now known as Overture), a Longmont-based nonprofit organization serving people with autism

2010 - Board President, Chestor House

January 2013 - April 2014, Board of Directors of The Tiny Tim Center (aka TLC Learning Center), a Longmont-based nonprofit provider of services and daycare to children including with developmental disabilities

April 2014 - present, Board of Directors of The Chestor House, a nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities


Admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York, Wyoming, various federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships have included the New York City Bar, Colorado and Boulder County Bar Associations, the Colorado and Boulder Criminal Defense Bars, the Wyoming Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Faculty of Federal Advocates

April 1994, Chairman, Boulder County Bar Young Lawyers Section 

January 1998, featured in Boulder's Daily Camera newspaper for one of that year's largest jury verdict awards

March 1998, featured in Boulder's Daily Camera editorial page for providing "strong legal assistance" in a winning civil rights case

Lecturer and Author on trials, evidence, criminal law, self-defense and civil rights including June 1997, lecturer, Boulder County Legal Services and the Boulder Housing Authority sponsored "Litigating Fair Housing Civil Rights"; September 1998, lecturer, Colorado Bar Association Disability law forum; March 1999, lecturer, Colorado Women's Bar Association "Overview of Public Housing and Fair Housing Issues"; April 2000 and 2001, lecturer, Housing for All's Fair Housing Conference; April 2001, Moderator, CU conference on World Affairs, "Big Brother: Privacy and Consumerism"; March 2004, lecturer, Colorado Fair Housing summit conference "Basics of Mental Disability Fair Housing Law"

Volunteer Attorney for Boulder based law and water fund, the San Luis based Ancient Forest Rescue, and New Mexico based Forest Guardians

1999-2000 award from the Colorado Women's Bar Association for Pro Bono services; other pro bono awards include from the Colorado and Boulder Bar Associations 1993-1998

January 28, 2002, Testified before Colorado General Assembly local Government House Committee concerning procedures for electing county commissioners by district

February 28, 2002, Testified before Boulder County Commissioners concerning developmental disabilities center ballot issue

October 2005, guest speaker at Housing Discrimination law seminar, Denver Law School

March 2014, Guest Speaker at Boulder County Bar Association:  “Defending white collar crimes – When taking money isn’t stealing.”

2011, book author, Things I've Learned (So Far), a ready source of quotes, wisdom, and bon mots from an experienced world traveler

Graduate of DUI/DUID Defense School

Graduate of NACDL Advance Drug Defense seminar, "Defending the Drug Case."

Cases featured in ABA Journal, Lawyers Weekly, National Disability Law Reporter, and numerous state and local newspapers, including Roe v. Housing Authority, 909 F.Supp 814 (D. Colo. 1995); Boulder Meadows v. Saville, 2 P.3d 131 (Colo.App. 2000); and Sterenbuch v. Goss, et al., 266 P.3d 428 (Colo. App. 2011).

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