Michael C. Sanders has over 20 years of experience litigating business, energy, and real estate disputes. Michael has handled cases from filing through trial and appeal.
Michael is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has received Martindale Hubbell's highest peer review rating of AV. He has been named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Energy and Natural Resources Law every year since 2015.
Michael’s practice has consisted of handling a variety of commercial, energy, and real estate disputes and lawsuits. He has litigated cases involving breaches of contract, real estate, business torts, energy agreements (including oil & gas leases, joint operating agreements, exploration agreements, drilling contracts, and service contracts), mineral disputes (such as royalties, surface access, and title questions), purchase and sale agreements, partnership dissolution, employment disputes, non-competition agreements, construction, and commercial leases.
In addition to representing clients in lawsuits, Michael serves as an alternative dispute resolution provider. He completed both the mediation and arbitration training courses at the University of Houston's A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Michael lives with his wife, Angie, and their three sons in Missouri City, Texas. Michael grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Klein Oak High School. After college in Dallas and law school in Austin, Michael returned to Houston and began practicing law.
The University of Texas School of Law
JD, With Honors, 1998
The Review of Litigation (Associate Editor 1997-1998 and Member 1996-1997)
Southern Methodist University
BBA, Business, and BA, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, 1995
Students Association Secretary 1994-1995, Student Senator 1993-1994
State of Texas
United States Supreme Court
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
State Bar of Texas (Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Sections)
Houston Bar Association (Litigation and Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Sections)
Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Advisory Commission, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
College of the State Bar of Texas
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Board Certified, Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Super Lawyer, Energy and Natural Resources Law, 2015-2019
Rising Star, Energy and Natural Resources Law, 2011-2013
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Rating