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The Story of Roger D. Sanders Park

 

Most city parks are named for someone who has passed on.  Not so at Roger D. Sanders Park in Bells, Texas.  Sanders is alive and well, practicing law in nearby Sherman.


Why this park carries Roger Sanders' name is a testament to the way he and his firm - Sanders, O'Hanlon & Motley - represent their clients.  For 10 years, Sanders fought against a coalition of larger neighboring communities that wanted a landfill in Bells.  After 3,000 hours of legal work, the City of Bells prevailed and named the park for Sanders as a way of saying thanks.

Representing clients like the City of Bells has helped make Sanders a Texas Super Lawyer.  From business disputes to securities fraud to medical negligence, he and firm partners Anthony O'Hanlon and Luke Motley provide clients with a wide range of legal experience.

Sanders, O'Hanlon & Motley has earned statewide and national recognition for years representing plaintiffs and defendants.  In 2001, Texas Lawyer newspaper recognized the firm's work in a securities lawsuit that resulted in one of the year's "Top 10 Texas Settlements."  The National Law Journal reported in 2003 on the firm's representation of a small inventor against PepsiCo Inc. in a business interference claim.  A federal jury in Marshall found in favor of the firm's client, and hit PepsiCo with one of the nation's 50 largest jury verdicts of the year.  The case later settled on confidential terms.

When a federal judge appointed Sanders to defend a businessman in a white-collar criminal case, he had less than 60 days to prepare for trial.  That didn't stop Sanders from winning "not guilty" verdicts on all 147 counts.

"Which Sherman lawyer would you call if your company was a defendant in a civil suit?"  Texas Lawyer asked Sherman attorneys in 2003.  Roger Sanders was the lawyer selected by his peers.  "He's very sophisticated.  He would pull out all the stops in defending us," one Sherman attorney told the newspaper.

How does a city park end up being named for a living lawyer?

Imagination, persistence, and experience, the same qualities embodied by the attorneys and staff at Sanders, O'Hanlon & Motley.

David firm, Goliath impact

 

The content above was published as a paid advertisement in the October 1, 2005, "Superlawyers" edition of Texas Monthly magazine.

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