Richard Sander

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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17th Street 1660
Denver 80202 CO US

Richard (Chip) Sander has more than 31 years’ experience in complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in litigating and resolving business disputes including dealer program matters, lender liability matters as well as intellectual property disputes, employment and covenant not to compete litigation and litigation of contract disputes, securities matters, class actions, shareholder and limited liability member disputes, real estate litigation, and data privacy issues.

Mr. Sander also represents lenders in connection with loan transactions and has extensive experience representing lenders in connection with construction loans.

Mr. Sander has more than 25 reported decisions and has appeared in cases pending in federal courts and state courts in Utah, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Colorado and argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Federal, Ninth and Tenth Circuits and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Recently, Mr. Sander recently tried an eight-figure case in which plaintiffs alleged that criminals hacked into the company’s various databases and collected confidential customer information. The jury found in favor of Mr. Sander’s client.

Mr. Sander also acted as trial counsel in a class action case in which his Fortune 500 client was sued for nearly $1 billion. The case was dismissed after the close of the class plaintiffs’ case and the decision was affirmed on appeal.

Mr. Sander also was lead trial counsel for one of the country’s largest loan servicers in a jury trial venued in federal court in Denver. The plaintiff claimed $140 million in damages allegedly resulting from misappropriation of trade secrets. The jury’s verdict was extremely favorable to Mr. Sander’s client.

Representative Matters:

  • Core-Mark Midcontinent, Inc. v. Sonitrol Corporation, 2012 WL 2994956 (Colo. App.)
  • ADT Security Services, Inc. v. First Protection, Inc., Not Reported in P.3d, 2008 WL 4379516, Colo. App., September 25, 2008 (No. 07CA1126)
  • Premier Home Protection v. ADT Security Services, Inc., 2008 WL 1777402 (Colo. 2008)
  • ADT Security Services, Inc. v. Premier Home Protection, 181 P. 3rd 288 (Colo. App. 2007)
  • ADT Security Services, Inc. v Sapp, 2008 WL 2612382 (Colo. App. 2008)
  • Smith v. TCI Communications, Inc., 981 P.2d 690, (Colo. App., June 10, 1999)
  • F.D.I.C. v. Bowen, 865 P.2d 868, (Colo. App., 1993)
  • F.D.I.C. v. American Cas. Co. of Reading, Pa., 843 P.2d 1285, (Colo. 1992)
  • SaBell’s, Inc. v. City of Golden, 832 P.2d 974, (Colo. App., 1991)
  • Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Bowen, 824 P.2d 41, (Colo. App., 1991)
  • La Casa Nino, Inc. v. Plaza Esteban, 762 P.2d 669, (Colo. 1988)
  • Plaza Esteban v. La Casa Nino, Inc., 738 P.2d 410, (Colo. App., 1987)
  • Denver Feed Co. v. City of Commerce City, 702 P.2d 285, (Colo. App., 1985)
  • In re Kaiser Steel Corp., 952 F.2d 1230, Bankr. L. Rep. P 74,387, 26 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 443, 60 USLW 2423, C.A.10 (Colo.)
  • Spulak v. K Mart Corp., 894 F.2d 1150, (10th Cir. 1990) 29 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 1078, 52 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 39,584, 51 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1652, C.A.10 (Colo.)
  • Consumers Gas & Oil, Inc. v. Farmland Industries, Inc., 840 F.Supp. 794 (D. Colo. 1993) Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 98,160, D. Colo., November 29, 1993
  • Consumers Gas & Oil, Inc. v. Farmland Industries, Inc., 863 F.Supp. 1357, (D. Colo. 1993)


  • J.D., University of Colorado, 1982
  • A.B., with high honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1978

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Institute for Complex Commercial Litigation, Chair
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow (2008)

Community Involvement:

  • Arthritis Foundation of Colorado (2005-2006)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Society of Colorado, Board of Directors (1992-1994)
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee (1992-1993)
  • Denver Boys, Inc., Adult Mentor (1985–1993)
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, Board of Directors; Vice President (2018)


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