Location: Oakland, California, United States
Joel Sanders has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal field.
Recently retired as a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in San Francisco, California, after 30 years with the firm, Joel Steven Sanders focused his practice primarily on antitrust. Beginning as an associate in 1987 and as a partner since 1992, his work at the firm included government investigations and proceedings, class action litigation, private litigation and antitrust counseling. He also served Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as the partner-in-charge of the San Francisco Bay Area offices between 1995 and 2000 as well as a member of the executive, compensation, finance, hiring and ethics committees. Mr. Sanders has been teaching international antitrust law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law since 2017.
Established more than 100 years ago in Los Angeles, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a premier, full-service international law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and 20 offices in major cities throughout the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Sanders represented firm clients in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, high technology, shipping, retail, agriculture, professional services and manufacturing. He has handled merger and cartel investigations involving the antitrust and competition authorities of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and other jurisdictions.
Prior to his career with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Sanders found success as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice in San Francisco, California, from 1983 to 1987. Litigating both criminal antitrust and civil merger challenges, he considers his time at the department to be a highlight of his career. Mr. Sanders also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Proctor R. Hug Jr. of the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals from 1982 to 1983.
The first lawyer in his family, Mr. Sanders went into his field due to a combination of the intellectual challenges the career presented, the variety of cases and an opportunity for community service. Before embarking on his professional path, he pursued an education at Antioch College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1976. He concluded his academic efforts with a Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. Mr. Sanders has since been admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California, and various United States District Courts and Courts of Appeals.
During his time at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Sanders served as an associate editor of the California Law Review and became a member of The Order of the Coif. A leader in his field, he serves on the board of directors of the Sierra Club Foundation, the East Bay Community Law Center and the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. As a testament to his success and longevity in the field, Mr. Sanders has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the West.
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