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Brian Sanford

Trial Lawyer

“Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.” – John Adams, 1774

Brian’s Bio

Brian Sanford grew up in Garland, Texas, and has practiced law in Dallas since 1986. He started out representing corporations in business litigation but soon began representing individuals damaged when others violate the law.

Most of the time Brian pursues workplace violations. He also pursues cases where the verdict will make the community safer.

Brian is known for his forthrightness, courage, and commitment to justice.

Brian gives back through his church, First Baptist Church, Garland, where he serves as a Deacon, a Sunday School Teacher, and a Choir Member. He was also a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus as a Tenor for over 20 years.

Brian’s faith in Jesus Christ is fundamental to his life. His vocation is enforcing the law as a private attorney general, helping others balance the inequity of injustice in their lives with compensation allowed by the law. When the law is enforced, rights are restored and the community is safer.

“When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” Proverbs 21:15


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (J.D. 1986)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.A. 1982)

Professional Activities

Board Certified: Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization
Past President, Texas Employment Lawyers Association
Board Member, Texas Employment Lawyers AssociationMember: American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Texas Employment Lawyers Association, DFW-NELA, Dallas Bar Association, American Association of Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyer’s College Ranch ClubFaculty: Keenan Trial InstituteTexas Super Lawyer’s List, Texas Monthly, since 2015Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas

Selected Recent Speaking Activity & Publications

Cutting Edge Trial and Pretrial Techniques in Employment Cases
How To Drive Your Case To Success
NELA Annual Conference 2019

Picking Your Bunkmates – Tips for Voir Dire
Texas Employment Lawyers Association Spring Seminar 2019

Attitude Adjustment – Understanding Implicit Bias and Opportunities to Minimize Its

Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 81, No.11, beginning p. 848, December 2018

“But You’ll Never Prove It” – Convincing the Fact Trier
Texas Employment Lawyers Association Fall Seminar 2018

Proof of Discrimination and Retaliation
Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, September 2018

The State of ADR
State Bar of Texas, 29th Annual Labor Law Institute, 2018

Keenan Trial Institute – Panel Discussion and Moderator
Employment Seminar, 2018

Client Conducted Investigations – Work Product and Privilege Issues
State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Course 2017

Rules of the Road in Employment Cases
NELA Annual Conference 2016

The first 30 Days: What your Client Needs to Know from the Beginning
(Plaintiff’s Perspective) State Bar of Texas, Employment Law 101, 2016

The Use of Experts in Employment Cases – Co-Presenter – Gerald G. Howard
State Bar of Texas, 26th Annual Labor Law Institute, 2015

Brian P. Sanford

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Faculty - Keenan Law Institute
Texas Board of Legal Specialization Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law
Brian Sanford V-Card