Thomas E. Sanders


Thomas Sanders possesses broad insurance industry knowledge and a deep understanding of his clients' businesses. Those insights, combined with his vast jury trial experience, allow him to obtain excellent outcomes for clients and identify and mitigate emerging risks.

As the head of Dykema's commercial litigation team, Thomas primarily represents insurers in bad faith litigation, coverage disputes, and class actions. He has appeared in hundreds of high-exposure insurance cases throughout Texas and other states, obtaining favorable verdicts in some of the most challenging venues in the country. He is recognized as one of the top litigators in San Antonio by Chambers USA 2023 and clients note Thomas is “a courtroom lawyer with the important experience of trying lawsuits.”

Thomas also represents construction, financial services, energy, and municipal utility clients in various commercial disputes, including deceptive trade practices, false advertising and unfair competition claims, ERISA litigation, business torts, contract actions, and products liability lawsuits. Throughout his practice, his recipe for success is the same—deliver exceptional client service. 

To Thomas, a client is more than a case, and serving a client means much more than returning calls and responding to questions.

He knows his clients' businesses inside and out, appreciates the dangers litigation poses to public perceptions and corporate brands, and continually seeks to improve case management and drive down litigation expense.

As strong as his commitment to his clients, Thomas is equally devoted to developing the next generation of Dykema's trial lawyers—attorneys who will lead the firm and the legal profession into the future.

I owe it to my clients to step into their shoes. I constantly look for ways to make their lives easier and make them look good to their clients.
      • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995
      • University of North Texas, B.A.,cum laude, 1991
  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas, 1995
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
    • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
    • Named a Texas Leading Lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial Law by Chambers USA, 2022-2023

    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and ERISA Litigation, 2013-2024

    • Recognized by San Antonio Magazine in "San Antonio's Top Attorneys" for Commercial Litigation, 2019-2023

    • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation; Class Action & Mass Torts; Insurance Coverage, 2017-2023

    • Recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal 's 2019 Outstanding Lawyers Award 
    • "Texas Rising Star," Law and Politics Magazine, 2009
    • Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2007, 2008
    • Recognized by S.A. Scene in "San Antonio’s Best Lawyers" for Insurance Coverage & Insurance Defense: Commercial
    • State Bar of Texas
    • San Antonio Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

    • Dykema Department Head, Business & Commercial Litigation
    • Board of Governors, Methodists Healthcare System

    • Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, Lay Leader

    • United Methodist Southwest Texas Conference, Lay Delegate

    • Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA), Board Member and Vice Chair of Governance

    • City of Alamo Heights Board of Adjustments

    • Member, Board of Directors, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Latest News and Insights

Press Releases9.18.23

15 Dykema Attorneys Named to Texas Super Lawyers List for 2023

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 15 of its Texas-based attorneys—from…

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Press Releases9.4.23

28 Dykema Attorneys Included in "San Antonio's Top Attorneys 2023" by San Antonio Magazine

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Press Releases8.17.23

194 Dykema Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch”

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 194 of its attorneys, in multiple practice…

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