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Steve Eliot Sanderfer

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Litigation, Wrongful Death

About Me

Though Avvo does not feel it necessary to honor our Military and give Steve credit for the five years He proudly served as an attorney in the United States Military, Steve Sanderfer has been practicing law for over 23 years.  His practice includes fighting for anyone who is in need of help due to family problems, criminal problems, or that has been injured due to the negligence of someone else..   This firm, which handles almost all areas of law, has a very strong section dedicated to helping people who have been injured anyplace in Texas.  


 


The road to this position has been a long, fruitful one for Steve.  He began his legal career as a bailiff/law clerk for a circuit court judge, working a full-time job during the day and attending law school full-time at night.   After passing the bar, Steve was commissioned as an officer in the Army and served six years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp.  During that time, Steve served as a prosecutor, involved in several high-profile prosecutions.  Later, Steve served as a criminal defense attorney and was in charge of the Criminal Defense Office at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where his office had the one of, if not the best, trial record in the entire United States Army.  Steve also served in Honduras in a job that included advising the United States Ambassador to Honduras.  It was in this position that Steve was nominated as the Best Young Attorney in the entire United States’ Military.  Steve left the Army in 1996 as a Captain.

After leaving the military, Steve has worked very hard to help those in need. 


Steve has not limited himself to the legal arena.  While living in Lancaster, Texas, Steve was elected to three terms as a city councilman.  During his last term, Steve was voted as the Best Elected Official in the Best of the Best Southwest (cities included Lancaster, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, and De Soto).


Later, when Steve moved to Dallas, he was appointed by Mayor Laura Miller to serve as Chairman of the Dallas Civil Service Board, where he served for three years.


 


In 2003, Steve was asked by Brigadier General Marshall Scantlin to come into the Texas State Guard and serve as his Judge Advocate.  Steve complied and has served not only as an attorney, but in command, earning military awards for his work during Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and various other operations.  Steve is currently a Lieutenant Colonel and enrolled in the Command General Staff College.


 


Steve is active in his Catholic Parish and is a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.  He is also a published poet and songwriter.


Steve is happily married to Susan Foster Sanderfer and has four wonderful children, Joshua, Ashley, Brittany, and Matthew.  He has one one granddaughter, Kalliope.



Date of Birth: July 1, 1960
Place of Birth: Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi

Undergraduate Education:
The University of Texas at Austin- B.S. – Journalism/Public Relations 1982

Graduate Education:
The Thomas Cooley Law School-Doctorate of Jurisprudence 1989



Military Service: Captain- United States Army 1990-1996


Lieutenant Colonel- The Texas State Guard- current

Licensure: State Bar of Texas- Active


State Bar of Michigan- Inactive


 


Court Affiliations:
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas


Eastern District of Texas
 
Language Fluency: English, Spanish

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    20 years
  2. Car Accidents: 30%
    20 years
  3. Litigation: 25%
    24 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    18 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

36 total 

  • Ashkan Mehryari

    Steve is a phenomenal trial attorney I would recommended and endorse in not only personal injury, but any type of trial work. I am always learning from his wealth of experience and knowledge.

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    Ashkan Mehryari Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Amber K. Shemesh

    Steve is a stellar attorney and a pleasure to work with. He has tons of experience, knowledge, charisma and is one of the best mentors I have had in terms of his knowledge of the law. I highly recommend Steve to represent you with your personal injury case or any other matter.

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    Amber Shemesh Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Bailey & Galyen

1901 West Airport Freeway
Bedford, TX, 76021

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199505/02/2015
MINot authorized to practice-AdministrativeUnknown03/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Texas Medal of MeritTexas Military Forces2007
Texas Meritorious Service MedalTexas Military Forces2006
Texas Outstanding Service MedalThe State of Texas2005
Best Elected Official in the Best SouthwestThe Best Southwest Cities2002
Joint Commendation MedalUnited States Army1993
Nominated for Best Young Military Attorney of the YearUnited States Army1993
Army Commendation MedalUnited States Army1992
Dean's ListThomas M. Cooley Law School1987
Dean's ListUniversity of Texas1979

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior LitigatorModjarrad & Abusaad, Law Firm2012 - Present
AttorneyBailey & Galyen2009 - 2012
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Domingo Garcia2006 - 2009
AttorneyUnited States Army Jag Corps2006 - 2008
Managing PartnerVera & Sanderfer2003 - 2006
AttorneyLaw Office of Erwin Cain, PC1998 - 2003
City Councilman, District 5City of Lancaster, Texas1998 - 2003
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Jose Angel Gutierrez1996 - 1998
Army-ReservistUnited States Army Jag Corps1990 - 1996
Paralegal ProfessorJackson Community College1989 - 1990
Bailiff/Law Clerk4th Circuit Court, Jackson, Michigan1987 - 1990

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
St. Thomas More SocietyAttorney Member2014 - Present
United States District Court, Eastern District of TexasAttorney Member2012 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
NRAMember2012 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology SectionAttorney Member2011 - Present
American LegionMember2010 - Present
AMVETSMember2008 - Present
United States District Court, Souther District of TexasAttorney Member2007 - Present
United States District Court, Western District of TexasAttorney Member2007 - Present
Texas State GuardLieutenant Colonel- Attorney2004 - Present
Knights of Columbus4th Degree Member2004 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitAttorney Member2004 - Present
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present
United States District Court, Northern District of TexasAttorney Member1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member1996 - 1998
State Bar of TexasAttorney Member1995 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Unites States v. MAJ Louis B. NilesWe Won. Conviction.
Tran v. RodriguezWe won. Verdict for Plaintiff.
Spratt v. DefendantPlaintiff Verdict

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Legal NewsletterThe New Battlefront2011
The Legal NewsletterAnd Now, Speaking on Behalf of Big Insurance2011
The Legal NewsletterTexting2011
The Legal NewsletterThe Bite is Worse Than the Bark2011
The Legal NewsletterThe First Steps2011
The Legal NewsletterThe New Battlefront, Part 22011
The Legal NewsletterThe Trial2011
The Legal NewsletterThe Do's and Don'ts2011
The Legal NewsletterDo We Really Need An Attorney?2010
The Legal NewsletterThe Gap2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Texas System, AustinPublic RelationsBS - Bachelor of Science1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Regional Defense ConferenceThinking Outside the Box1994