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Grant D. Sanders

Criminal defense Attorney at Faribault, MN

3.0   4 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 22 years
    New York - NY 23 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
    Washington - WA 12 years
    Illinois - IL 25 years
    Iowa - IA 28 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2001
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2011
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1998
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1995
    Exempt No misconduct found

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

About Grant

Learn Grant’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experience in the defense and prosecution of criminal matters. Current practice is exclusively defense. Handle serious felonies and serious misdemeanor matters. Recent charges have included possession of child pornography, burglary, criminal sexual conduct, and murder.

    25 years

  2. Arbitration
    FINRA Arbitrator. Expertise in securities disputes. Experience includes private placements, publicly listed securities, broker/customer disputes, and labor disputes.

    17 years

  3. Juvenile law
    Handle delinquency and child protection matters. Experience includes child and parent representation.

    14 years

My practice focuses on representing ordinary people who have legal problems.  Currently I am a full-time public defender.  I represent indigent people who are accused of committing crimes.  

Additionally, I represent childen who the government has removed from their home.  In these cases, I work toward solutions that either allow children to return home or to find a safe living situation. 

In my arbitration matters, I handle financial industry cases.  I have acted as a panelist and a chairperson in various cases. 

 I am firmly committed to the concept of "equal justice under law."  The S.L.J. matter (along with the result obtained) demonstrates my commitment to this.  In S.L.J., the right to court appointed counsel would have been rendered meaningless had the court not enforced the government's obligation to compensate court appointed counsel. 

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Grant D. Sanders
P.O.Box 753
Faribault, MN, 55021


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Posted by Charles | May 25, 2012
The attorney who saved my children
"Grant was appointed to represent me over 7 years ago when my public defender was called away from work. I was concerned that my matter would not get the attention it needed. Boy, was I surprised. Grant took the time to listen to me, gather the facts of the case (my prior public defender never had), and was willing to "take on" the judge when there were some unfavorable rulings. With his legal research and strategy, he was able to move the custody case out of a county where the judge had a bias against me. The result: a child protection case was dismissed, and I was granted sole legal and physical custody of my children. "If you're a married or single father, contact Grant. He is an advocate for a father's rights. He will do everything in his power to assist you. I have Grant on 'speed dial' should any issues arise with the mother of my children. Grant's service was more than I expected from an appointed lawyer- and my children consider him their "guardian angel." What distinguishes Grant is that he listens to you and cares about the outcome of your case. I wholeheartedly recommend Grant for any family or child protection matter."
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Posted by Robert | April 21, 2011
FINRA Arbitration Panelist
Mr. Grant Sanders and I met a few months ago at a FINRA Dispute Resolution case where we were both panel member on a very complicated case. While I have not known Grant for a long period of time, I was very impressed with his depth of knowledge and professionalism. His insight was extremely valuable in helping the FINRA Chairman and myself come up with a with our final decision. Grant is good listener, has strong communication skills and is an exceptional attorney. Hire him with confidence.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
I completely agree with the review titled “Liar and Con”. Makes sense why he’s a public defender and not an actual lawyer. Said he would help me with my case and never got back to me. Also referred me as “dude” over the phone, talk about unprofessional! JEESHHHH
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lier and a con !
Grant talks a great game ! He tells you what you want to hear and then stabs you in the back ! I truly trusted Grant ! I told him everything he was at my house,my parents house and my brother's house. He met my dog ! In 2016 Grant was my attorney for a BB gun that was my son's that he gotten for Xmas the charge was felon in possession of a firearm and a meth pipe! I was scared of going to prison ! I kept saying that the police voliated my rights! About 6 months later Grant fills out this plea agreement for me and then gets me to come and sign the last page ! Because I truly trusted him and HE NEVER said anything about the illegal search of my car and I believe I am bi polar and don't understand what things I sign ! I sign! I JUST FOUND OUT November 2021 that YES the police voliated my rights and that the state went to dismiss the case and then Grant Sanders lied,tricked,cons me to make a plea !!!! My life is completely distroyed as this result !! I have even thought about killing myself! Grant Sanders should not ever represent anybody
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Sanders and Co., Ltd.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Shanxi International Casting Co., Ltd.
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Editor Intern- Intellectual Property Group
  • Lee and Li, Attorneys
  • 1998 - 1998
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  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • 1998
  • Drake University
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1995
  • St. Olaf College
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • FINRA Case No. 09-01871
  • Ruling at
  • In Re the Matter of S.L.J., 782 N.W.2d 549 (Minn. 2010)
  • Affirmed (by Minnesota Supreme Court).
  • In Re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of S.L.J., a Parent
  • Affirmed in Part, Reversed in Part (by Minnesota Court of Appeals)
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  • Office of the Public Defender- Third Judicial Distirct
  • Part-Time Public Defender
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Office of the Attorney General- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Grant is a dedicated public defender and a great advocate."
Criminal defense
Faribault Criminal defense Lawyer Grant D. Sanders
Grant D. Sanders
Criminal defense Attorney
Faribault, MN
Licensed for 28 years