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Dale Edwin Sanders

Personal injury Attorney at Alexandria, VA

4.8   27 reviews
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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 44 years
    Virginia - VA 46 years
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1980
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dale

Learn Dale’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury

    47 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Felonies, misdemeanors, dwi, traffic.

    47 years

  3. Privacy
    specializing in medical confidentiality breaches

    24 years

My entire career spanning 4 decades has been devoted to standing up for the rights of the individual in conflicts with law enforcement, insurance companies,  employers, corporations and the government. My commitment  to you is relentless yet practical in its focus to obtain the optimal  result which is always custom tailored to the specific client circumstance. It has been an honor ,  to fight for,  stand with, and support my brothers and sisters in need. 


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Dale Edwin Sanders Esq.
218 North Lee St
Third floor
Alexandria, VA, 22314


4.8 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Representation
I highly recommend Dale Edwin Sanders if you need a criminal lawyer. Dale represented me in a complex criminal case. Once he took charge of the case everything changed for me (after having fired 2 attys in a row) As a result of his superb efforts, the sexual assault charge was reduced to a minor offense. Without Dale's hard work and diligence, the outcome could have been a lot different. I got no jail time and no probation. Prior to hiring Dale I had worked with two attorneys and they both did nothing to help me. in fact, they both actually made the situation worse. Not being naive to the discrimination against gays, I originally hired a gay attorney but I quickly realized that he wasn't working to defend me but mostly milking me for money. I then hired an attorney that just did nothing except set me up to be interviewed by the police and got me arrested a year after the incident. I was completely unprepared to deal with the arrest; no knowledge of criminal proceedings and emotionally not ready to deal with the situation. I assumed that if you just told the truth the legal system would treat you justly. That is not necessarily true, especially for a gay man. A private investigator confided in me that she was concerned that my attorney was not fairly representing me. She recommended that I speak with Dale Sanders. I met with Dale and hired him immediately. He spoke frankly with me about my case and he showed a real interest in helping me. He well understands the legal system and how it operates. Dale also understands people, is compassionate, very intelligent, and does the work necessary to best represent his clients. I was very fortunate to find him and if I need legal advice I will definitely return. LD
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Posted by Rodney | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The only name I give
I met Dale 20 years ago when he got me off on a DUI charge in Loudoun County. Since then he has represented me , my employees and my extended family on criminal and serious traffic charges. He is currently representing my cousin on a car wreck injury lawsuit against the insurance company of the other driver. Dale's is the only name I give when asked for a referral and the reports all come back positive. His cell phone number is on my speed dial favorites contact list. Great lawyer and nice guy outside the courtroom. Comfortable and not at all shy in the courtroom .
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Posted by Christine | October 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best attorney ever!
Dale Sanders is an excellent attorney. I highly recommend him. I won my case and couldn't thank Dale enough. If I ever need his services again I definitely will hire him again!!!
Posted by Phillip | October 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer you can trust
Truly a lawyer that goes the extra mile and takes his job serious. The end result of my DUI / Driving on a suspended was much better than i expected
Posted by William | September 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, experienced attorney
I have consulted consulted with Dale on criminal matters and received excellent advice.
Posted by Andre Wade | August 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer - Even Better Results!
Dale represented me on a matter in family court in which the odds were definitely stacked against me. He did an outstanding job at trial going far beyond expectations. The best part was the outcome, Dale wrote two briefs on my behalf and went to court two additional times to not only ensure that I didn't go to jail but more importantly that I didn't have a charge on my record when it was all said and done. I would highly recommend Dale to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by Danielle | November 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Many Thanks to my Lawyer
Dale Sanders represented me in an auto accident claim in which I was the injured party. Mr. Sanders represented me in a professional manner and acted tirelessly in seeking me the best financial results. He kept in constant contact and encouraged me to ask any questions that I had. I am very grateful for all the hard work that Mr. Sanders put towards my case and I am very pleased with my settlement.
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Posted by Lowell | October 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!!!
Dale Sanders is an excellent attorney who goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible representation of his clients. He has represented myself on multiple occasions successfully and not only gives personal attention but genuinely cares about the outcome. I realized this as I sat in the courtroom and watched other attorneys pleading their clients cases giving little to no effort for a better than average outcome. I've referred Mr Sanders to multiple friends and acquaintances all of whom had nothing but praise for him and for the preferable outcome he was able to obtain. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney...
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Posted by john meyer | October 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Perry Mason Ending
I hired Dale Sanders to represent me in a traffic matter. It looked pretty bad for me that day in court, with several witnesses testifying against my position. I thought I was going to lose. At the very end, Dale found a procedural mistake the prosecutor had made, and I was acquitted. It was a real life Perry Mason courtroom moment! Since then my driving record has been flawless, but I've consulted with Dale on numerous other business and professional matters. He has always given me excellant advice. He did such a great job for me, I have referred his services to numerous colleagues and friends for legal matters.
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Posted by Kevin | October 11, 2013
Past client of Dale Sanders
I would highly recommend this attorney and have several times since we worked together earlier this year. Dale if very gifted at finessing an acceptable outcome to all parties involved, maybe he should be in Congress.
Posted by Hassan | September 28, 2013
Amazing Attorney
I was referred to Mr Sanders by a law firm that deals with physicians ; he represented me in multiple cases including medico legal , spousal separation and debt collection ; I won all the cases involved . He is very competent , highly professional , prompt , responsive ,trustworthy , and knowledgeable . My ex spouse decided to settle promptly when I hired Mr Sanders due to his outstanding positive reputation. He is very reliable, honest and fearless. You will be extremely satisfied and happy if he represented you ....he's an outstanding lawyer.
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Posted by Matthew | September 23, 2013
I Highly Recommend Dale Sanders
The ultimate test of a lawyer is whether or not he achieves the outcome his client desires. I have used Dale Sanders's services on multiple occasions during the past five years and each time the outcome actually exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Grace | November 12, 2012
Exremely Satisified client
Not only do I recommend him, but I intend on hiring him again for a different reason. He represented my husband once and my mother once: both times he was very understanding and effective. Although our cases may have been minor from a money making standpoint, he was as responsive as if we were spending $500,000. That is a rare find in these greedy times.
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Posted by Officer Scott Fike, DC Metropolitan Police Dept. | February 27, 2012
Loyal Client
Mr. Sander's successfully represented me on a couple of matters surrounding my employer.In both instances, Mr. Sanders was extremely knowledgeable, which ultimately brought about positive results for me. Mr.Sanders was referred to me by a close friend, who happened to be a judge here in the District of Columbia, and who felt strongly that Mr. Sander's expertise would serve me well.
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Posted by Mike | February 22, 2012
Represented my Mother
Dale Sanders represented my mother in a wrongful death case. He was tenacious, forthright,and accountable on all fronts. My Mom was extremely pleased and felt very supported by him. From her experience, he represented me at a later date. I highly recommend his services. You will not find a more professional, honest and trustworthy attorney
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2012
Outstanding Attorney
Dale is an outstanding attorney who went above and beyond his duties giving me as favorable a result as possible. I've recomended him to several friends all of whom expressed the same sentiments in regards to his service. He fights harder than any attorney I've seen, it's always a relief sitting next to him in court watching the other attorneys plead their clients out without giving any effort knowing that's not me.
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Posted by Ed | January 14, 2012
Business owner in Lorton, Va
I have known Dale Sanders for over 10 years and have used him on at least 8 matters during that time. I have found him to be a very professional and competent litigator in all of our cases. I have watched his interactions with other attoneys in the court room and he has the respect of his colleagues and his clients. Dale and I have a 100% success rate with the cases he has handled for me and I will not hesitate to use his services again should the need arise.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2012
Criminal Defense and Employment Law
Dale Edwin Sanders has been practicing law for 34 years and is very astude and knowledgeable when in come to his clients welfare. He is always available for his clients needs and is willing to go the extra step in the proformings of his duties. Mr. Sanders took my case when two other lawyers did not perform there duties in repersenting me properly. One of the lawyer was linked to a national team of lawyers and did not even show up for the arraignment. Not only did Mr. Sanders win this case, but help me to get my retainner back from the law firm that fail to show up in court with no additional expense to me. I would recommend Mr. Sanders to repersent you. He is an excellent lawyer.
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Posted by Liz | December 22, 2011
With Mr. Dale Sanders you can not loose
Mr. Dale Sanders handled our lawsuit in which a former family member sued us over commercial real estate and Mr. Sanders was the second lawyer that we hired and he was the last because of him we were able to win.
Posted by John | December 21, 2011
Execellent Lawyer
Dale Sanders is one of the best lawyers in the area. I have referred numerous clients to him. Ballys Health Clubs discriminated against me in a hiring situation. I was so afraid to take them on because they were such a big corporation. Dale wasn't afraid at all. He took them on and he battled them right to the finish line. I ended up with a very good settlement all because of Dale. He was fearless against Ballys and their attorneys. If you have a problem bring it to Dale.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • principal
  • Dale Edwin Sanders Esq
  • 2001 - Present
  • partner
  • Becker Hicks Irving and Hadeed
  • 1999 - 2001
  • principal
  • Dale Edwin Sanders Esq
  • 1995 - 1999
  • partner
  • Sanders O/Donnell and Smith
  • 1988 - 1995
  • Principal
  • Law Offices Of Dale Edwin Sanders
  • 1983 - 1988
  • Partner
  • Sanders and Guggenheim
  • 1978 - 1983
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ric Birch v Psychiatric Institute of Washington (original title )
  • $900,000+ award (+attys fees) for total of $1.1 million was and still is the largest sum awarded in the history of the DC Human Rights Commission. Upheld by D.C. Court of Appeals in published opinion. 871 A. 2d 1146 (D.C. 2005)
  • John Doe v Medlantic Health Care Group Inc
  • $250K verdict against hospital, which at the time was reported to be the largest verdict ag a hospital for breach of patient confidentialty. The verdict was upheld on appeal in the DC Court of Appeals by published opinion. ( 814 A.2d 959( D.C 2003))
  • Eddy v Colonial Life Insurance Company
  • Judge at trial dismissed the case. But she was reversed on appeal to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals , which , in a published opinion ordered the Ins Co to reinstate his ins and pay his medical bills and legal expenses. ( 919 F.2d 747 (D.C. Cir. 1990))
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  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Founders Award
  • Whitman Walker Clinic Legal Services
  • 1994
  • Gene Frey Memorial Award
  • Whitman Walker Clinic Legal Services
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Moot Court Competition, George Washington University Law School
  • Judge
  • 2005
  • Moot Court Competition, DC School of Law
  • Judge
  • 1999
  • Guest Lecturer at the DC School of Law
  • AIDS Advocacy
  • 1999
  • Whitman Walker Clinic Legal Sevices training for Aids Litigation
  • Aids Litigation
  • 1987
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dale is a superb attorney - and a very pleasant person. That said, I would want to be up against him in court. Highly recommend."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He works extremely hard for every client and is not satisfied until he gets everything possible for the client. He is creative. He is very good in the courtroom, and makes a good connection with and impression on jurors."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Dale. He is creative and determined in his pursuit of his clients' rights and interests. Dale has been a valued legal advocate for gay people and people living with HIV for decades."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dale is fantastic - smart, kind, and thorough. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known and worked with Dale on cases for more than 15 years. He's a great litigator. I've referred a number of clients to him for criminal defense and he's always done a great job."
Privacy Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Dale and I were partners for a few years, so I had a chance to see his work close at hand. Since then, I have referred many difficult cases to him, cases that I simply would not know how to handle. Usually the cases I send him involve the government or some institution violating someone's rights. These are usually the cases that make me want to do something to help, so I send them to Dale, knowing that if there is a way for this person's rights to be vindicated, he will find it. The feedback I have gotten has always been very positive. He is not only a zealous advocate, but a scholar with a creative mind. I unhesitatingly recommend him to you."
Privacy Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dale's legal work is first rate, and he is someone I can count on to do the job for those I refer to him. I endorse him without reservation as someone who is creative and aggressive in pursuing the rights and remedies for his clients."
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Alexandria Personal injury Lawyer Dale Edwin Sanders
Dale Edwin Sanders
Personal injury Attorney
Alexandria, VA
Licensed for 46 years
Virtual consultation available