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J. Isaac Sanders


Isaac Sanders is a Member of Neal & Harwell, PLC, and also serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who represents defendants and plaintiffs in matters ranging from “mass action” lawsuits involving products liability and toxic tort claims, to civil and white-collar criminal cases involving all types of fraud. He has extensive experience in corporate contract disputes, as well as internal investigations.  In the last several years, Isaac has routinely served in a leading role in a variety of high-stakes cases involving both corporate and individual clients. He regularly chairs jury trials in federal and state courts, and serves as lead counsel in bench trials, mediations, and appeals.

Isaac is a Nashville native and graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Isaac serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Encouragement Services, a Nashville-based nonprofit that focuses on enriching the lives of Nashville’s underprivileged youth. 

Representative Matters:
  • Tried to verdict civil cases involving products liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, contract, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims, and criminal cases involving contempt and white-collar criminal charges
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of major hotel chain in lawsuit alleging $75 million in damages
  • Successfully defended major recreational boat manufacturer in alleged wrongful death case involving over $40 million in damages
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturer in wrongful death case
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of financial services company in contract dispute against major hotel chain
  • Successfully defended major tire manufacturer in multi-case consolidated proceedings involving multiple appeals
  • Favorably resolved multi-year corporate contract dispute involving two of world’s largest corporations
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a major tire manufacturer following a jury trial involving multiple products liability claims
  • Successfully defended major oil and gas corporation in lawsuit alleging over $100 million in damages
  • Assisted in obtaining settlements or judgments for plaintiffs totaling over $20 million in products liability cases, medical malpractice cases, and other personal injury matters
  • Represents Relators and Defendants in qui tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq.
Professional & Civic Affiliations
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Member, Young Lawyers Division
  • Nashville Bar Association – Member
  • Youth Encouragement Services – Board of Directors
  • Young Leaders Council – Nashville Class 69
  • Belmont Inns of Court – Member 2016-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Super Lawyers 2020-2023 Mid-South Rising Star – Criminal Defense
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 – Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, 2010, J.D.
  • Vanderbilt University, 2007