Local Counsel

While we have a nationwide practice, our strong roots in the Sherman community provide an advantage for those seeking local counsel in complex civil cases, in both state and federal court.  The courts, clerks, local political and business leaders know us well, both for our legal results and our community activities.

Whether your case is in Grayson County District Court or in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, we have a conveniently located office with lots of space to spread out, great contacts, and a strong support staff –Sanders, Motley, Young and Gallardo will give you the small town local co-counsel you want with the sophistication and technology that you need in complex cases.

Our senior partner, Roger Sanders, served as a federal magistrate in the Sherman Division for 16 years. He has been the co-chair of the two most recent magistrate selection committees.  He has also worked tirelessly with both state and federal elected officials to have more district judges appointed to the Sherman Division.  He continues that work today, in order to meet the exploding caseload in the Sherman Division.

Our other attorneys have extensive experience in the Eastern District of Texas.  For example, Mike Young serves on the Eastern District of Texas Rules Committee. Laura Gallardo has extensive experience in handling voluminous and complex e-discovery matters.

The Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas is experiencing rapid growth.  The division includes some of the fastest growing counties in the country, including Collin, Denton, and Grayson.  The primary courthouse is in Sherman, with another courthouse in Plano.  While Sherman is not far from Dallas in distance, the customs, local rules, and jury panels often vary significantly from those of the Dallas Division of the Northern District.

In the past several years, we have served as co-counsel/local counsel in antitrust, qui tam, insurance, trade secret, patent, breach of contract, fraud, ERISA, estate and serious personal injury cases.  Our role can be tailored to the needs of the client and lead counsel. We not only work on an hourly basis, but will also consider local counsel engagements on a contingency fee basis.

Our ties to the Eastern District and the  community run deep, including:

  • Roger Sanders is a former federal magistrate in the Sherman Division
  • Roger Sanders co-chaired the committees that led to the selection of current magistrate Judges Christine Nowak and Karen Johnson
  • Roger Sanders’ tireless efforts and service to local community were recognized by when the city of Bells renamed a park in his honor.
  • Roger Sanders has led efforts to secure additional federal judges for the Sherman Division
  • Roger Sanders is active in local community organizations, including numerous religions and charitable organizations
  • Roger Sanders and Mike Young have taught business law at Austin College
  • Mike Young is a member of the Eastern District Rules Committee
  • Mike Young is active in local community organizations, including First Methodist of Sherman and the Sherman Rehabilitation Center
  • Mike Young is a leader within the legal community, serving as President of the Grayson County Bar Association
  • Laura Gallardo chairs multiple committees for the Sherman Service League, an organization that raises over $100,000.00 annually for local charities.
  • Laura Gallardo has strong ties to the community having graduated from Sherman High School as well as attending the well-respected Austin College.
  • Laura Gallardo supports her family’s small business, a chain of national franchises across north Texas.
  • Luke Motley has solid experience in strategic planning for business growth and protection of assets
  • Luke Motley is an effective as a lawyer and mediator
  • Luke is active in the local community hosting a long running fundraiser benefiting local charities and a member of the First Methodist Church of Sherman

Our firm also hosts an annual  “Thursday Before Thanksgiving” party to enjoy fellowship with our friends and clients, but most importantly to raise money for local food banks before Thanksgiving week.  Each year, we have raised thousands of dollars for the Four Rivers Outreach and the Grand Central Station soup kitchen.