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I have devoted my career to defending individuals who stand accused of wrong-doing. I am deeply dedicated to protecting legal rights and human rights. And I am committed to providing confidential quality legal service to those who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.


No matter what you are up against, my staff and I will treat you with respect, understanding and dignity.


I will work hard to negotiate a settlement of your case, and I will fight vigorously for you in court. I will discuss every step of the process with you, explain your options and make educated recommendations based on experience, so you can make informed decisions based on the facts and the law.


Your attorney should represent only your best interests, and I pledge to do that with honesty and integrity.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    37 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    37 years
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
    37 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    37 years
  5. Child Abuse: 5%
    37 years



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Zachary Ethan Zwerdling

    I have known Neal for over 30 years ago .I have seen Neal Sanders represent numerous defendants charged with incredibly serious offenses such as murder. His results in these cases have been outstanding . I refer people to Neal who are seeking a criminal defense attorney because I know they will receive a vigorous defense conducted under the highest ethical standards. Neal Sanders' work as Chairperson of the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission and long term membership on the Board of the Open Door Community Health Center proves how much he cares about the community.. He is a superb attorney. 10/10


    Zachary Zwerdling Wrongful death Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

320 I St
Eureka, CA, 95501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
National Homicide Symposium Achievement AwardCalifornia District Attorneys AssociationN/A
Elected Board of DirectorsCalifornia Young Lawyers AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySanders Law1987 - Present
PartnerGottschalks & Sanders1985 - 1987
AttorneyHumboldt County Public Defenders Office1980 - 1985
Law ClerkUnited States Attorneys' Office1978 - 1978
Law ClerkSan Diego County District Attorney's Office1978 - 1978
Law ClerkCalifornia District Attorneys Association1975 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
California NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana LawsAttorney Member2011 - Present
Humboldt County Art AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws NORMLAttorney Member2009 - Present
League of Women VotersMember2003 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1993 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1993 - Present
Open Door Community Health Services BoardBoard Member1985 - Present
Humboldt County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Humboldt County Human Rights Commissionformer chair2010 - 2012
California Young Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1984 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Felony DUI with injury accident & Two Prior DUI ConvictionsProbation & 30 days SWAP eligible
Felony Marijuana Cultivation/Sales with Multiple Felony PriorsProbation & Community Service
Attempted MurderProbation & Released from Custody "Time Served"
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
United States International UniversityLawOther - Bachelors1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Numerous Local VenuesHuman Rights2012