Bret A. Sanders

Mr. Sanders practice focuses on federal and state court litigation. In addition to managing FSSV's Austin office, Bret is counsel for clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from complex commercial litigation to premises, products and catastrophic personal injury matters. Mr. Sanders is licensed to practice in Texas and Oklahoma and has tried numerous cases to verdict in both states. Prior to joining Fee Smith, Mr. Sanders served as an Assistant District Attorney in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. His responsibilities included handling a heavy felony docket in addition to the intake and prosecution of white collar criminal cases.

Mr. Sanders is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Practice Areas:
Class Action/Consumer Litigation
Commercial and Business Litigation
Construction Liability and Defects
Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
Intellectual Property Litigation
Premises Liability/Retail Litigation
Products Liability
Professional Liability
Transportation Liability

Representative Matters:
Acuna v. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation and Aerofreeze, Inc., counsel for defendant Aerofreeze in products liability action. (American Arbitration Association).

C.D. Henderson Construction Services, Ltd. v. Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority, et al., counsel for plumbing contractor in construction delay and defect suit. (250th District Court, Travis County, Texas).

Cencor Realty Services, Inc. v. C.A. Walker, et al., counsel for defendant earthwork contractor in multi-million dollar commercial construction defect suit. (85th Judicial District Court, Brazos County, Texas).

Corso v. Benelux, counsel for defendant Benelux in dram shop death case. (Probate Court No. 1, Travis County, Texas).

Harmeyer v. Bubu, Inc., et al., counsel for defendants in wrongful death action. (207th District Court, Hays County, Texas).

Harness v. Intervest-Bradford, counsel for defendant in copyright action involving photographs distributed throughout the world on the internet. (N.D. Tex. - Dallas).

Hintze v. Zurich American Insurance Company, counsel representing Zurich in bad faith, fraud and employment action. (95th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas).

Hobbs v. Crist Industries, counsel representing Crist Industries in construction site wrongful death suit. (E.D. Tex. - Beaumont).

In re Kitec Plumbing System Products Liability Litigation, counsel for defendant subcontractor in class construction products liability case. (MDL - N.D. Tex. - Dallas).

Remo v. Apache Corporation, counsel for defendant Apache in swing rope transfer (OCSLA) case. (334th District Court, Harris County, Texas).

Walker v. Wilshire Homes Houston, Ltd., et al., counsel for Wilshire in class action construction case. (11th District Court, Harris County, Texas).

Zaragoza Salcido, et al. v. Pyramid Logistics Group, Inc., counsel for defendants Pyramid and Pacific Drive, Inc. in wrongful death action. (111th District Court, Webb County, Texas).

Professional Affiliations:
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Oklahoma
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Travis County Bar Association
Dallas County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute

Reported Cases:
Dunn vs. Enterprise Leasing Company of Denver, 2006 U.S. District, Lexis 90999.

Gabriel Acuna v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp. and Aerofreeze, Inc. - no damages awarded against client, Aerofreeze, Inc., after hearing in traumatic brain injury products liability case (American Arbitration Association).

Love v. Ranger Excavating, L.P. and McKenzie Interests, Inc. - defense verdict on behalf of clients where plaintiff claiming construction vibrations from highway construction (heavy equipment) damaged plaintiff's home (Travis County Court at Law - January 2011).

Collins Lee Herron v. Donavan Thelwell and C.G. Hinds Logistics, Inc. - defense verdict on behalf of clients in trucking accident (Bexar County District Court - April 2011).

D&D Moving and Storage, Inc. v. Brazos Valley Hotel, L.P. - defense verdict on behalf of client where plaintiff claiming continuous underground sewage flowing from defendant's property caused damages by rendering plaintiff's property unusable (Brazos County District Court - June 2011).