Garrett Sanderson focuses his practice on products liability, class actions, business litigation and actions alleging violations of consumer statutes. He has successfully represented companies defending airbag, seatback, class action, CRLA, Proposition 65 and fraud claims. He also has represented companies pursuing and defending against breach of contract claims.

    Garrett has defended companies as lead trial counsel in Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Song-Beverly Act cases, and has successfully defended automobile, chemical, and recreational equipment manufacturers against claims filed pursuant to state and federal consumer protection statutes, including Proposition 65.

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    Products Liability

    • Served as lead trial counsel in successfully defending an unintended acceleration claim against a distributor of European automobiles (defense verdict after six-week jury trial).
    • Served as co-trial counsel in successfully defending a products liability claim against a forklift manufacturer (defense verdict after five-week jury trial).
    • Served as lead counsel successfully defending an amusement park ride manufacturer.

    Business and Commercial Litigation

    • Served as lead counsel for a contractor in the successful prosecution of claims against a public entity.
    • Served as lead outside trial counsel for the City of San Diego during the damages phase of an inverse condemnation action.
    • Served as lead trial counsel in successfully defending a major Japanese corporation against breach of joint venture agreement and fiduciary duty claims (defense verdict after two-week bench trial).
    • Served as co-trial counsel in a successful breach of contract claim in binding AAA arbitration, and as co-trial counsel in obtaining a verdict for the Regents of the University of California.

    Reported Cases

    • Raymond Handling Concepts Corp. v. Superior Court, 39 Cal. App. 4th 584 (1995)
    • Serrano v. FMC Corporation, 221 Cal. App. 3d 1027 (1990)
    • Nejad v. United States, 724 F. Supp. 753 (C.D. Cal. 1989)

    Education

    • Santa Clara University, J.D., cum laude
    • University of San Diego, B.A.

    Admissions

    • California

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Past member, State Bar of California Subcommittee of Partnerships and LLCs
    • Past member, Contra Costa County Transportation Task Force
    • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV®
    • Listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers 2006, 2009, 2014-15
    • Listed in Who's Who of American Lawyers 2000

    • Author, “Romine v. Johnson Controls Improperly Expands California’s Consumer Expectation Test for Design Defect Cases to Risk­Benefit Scenarios,” Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, October 2014.

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