experience and peer recognition

Barry Sanders’ practice has emphasized complex litigation for businesses and governmental entities covering a broad range of subject matters including contract, business tort, intellectual property, health care, eminent domain, antitrust, lender liability, professional liability, securities, business valuation, bid protests, constitutional issues, elections, public records, and appeals. His practice has also extended to transactional matters including trademark licensing agreements for a major oil company and constitutional analysis for federal and local governments.

Barry’s professional listings have included Best Lawyers in America® (commercial litigation)(2009-present), Southwest Super Lawyers® (business litigation)(2010-present), Who’s Who in American Law®(2003-2008) and Who’s Who in America®(2004-present). In addition, he has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV® preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating by his peers.

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small firm agility

large firm experience

representative cases

Barry has handled a myriad of ‘one off’ cases that have built a rich knowledge base upon which to draw in fashioning solutions for the next case. The amounts in dispute in the diverse matters he has handled have ranged from tens of thousands, to billions of dollars:

  • Representation of Fortune 500 companies, limited liability companies, and individuals in breach of contract, business tort, antitrust, and lender liability matters
  • Defense of major oil refiner, marketer of petroleum products and convenience store operator in proceeding seeking to restrain $860 million acquisition of 1,740 retail sites
  • Representation of insurer in connection with antitrust challenge by United States Department of Justice and Arizona Attorney General to most-favored nations clauses employed in provider contracts
  • Defense of “Big 4” accounting firms in administrative proceedings
  • Representation of telecommunications company in contract disputes involving call centers and distributors
  • Representation of municipality in special action proceedings regarding scope of constitutional public use requirement for exercise of eminent domain power to advance public/private partnerships
  • Representation of property owners in eminent domain proceedings
  • Appellate representation in federal and state courts of major homebuilder in case of first impression on tolling principles and statute of repose
  • Representation of municipality in connection with constitutional and statutory challenges to arena contract with National Hockey League franchise
  • Representation of public health system in connection with constitutional and statutory challenges to participation in entity awarded multi-billion dollar behavioral health contract
  • Representation of medical practices and individual physicians in business and partnership disputes
  • Representation of entrepreneur in recovery of investment in private jet timeshare venture

other professional and management experience

Before founding a new firm, Barry spent two thirds of his career in large firms, most recently as a member of an Am Law 200 firm. He also spent a third of his career in small offices. While with large firms, he served in administrative roles that included selection of information technology systems, setting of compensation and due diligence in connection with law firm mergers. His small firm experience includes serving as the managing shareholder of a boutique litigation firm.

Barry has served as the Chair of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Arizona, and as a member of the Civil Rules Committee of the State Bar of Arizona. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tempore, Civil Division, Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County.