David S. Sanders is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is vice-chair of the firm’s Business Law Department and co-chair of the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice. From 2010 through 2017, David served as co-chair of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice. David's practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employment, non-compete and trade secret issues, executive employment and termination agreements, leases, license agreements, general corporate matters, and the drafting and negotiation of all types of contracts and corporate documents. He is a member of the firm's Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling, Private Equity & Venture Capital and Real Estate Practices, as well as the Sports, Medical Devices, Technology, and Health Care Industry Teams. He also serves on the firm's Diversity Committee and Recruiting Committee.
David counsels public and private corporations and other business entities, including corporations and limited liability companies, on corporate matters involving formation, operation, and growth, as well as employment matters. David negotiates merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures and other business contracts, leases, and agreements on behalf of clients. He frequently assists clients in negotiating, drafting, and creating various operational documents, including stock purchase, asset purchase and merger documents, employment and non-compete agreements, licensing, strategic alliance and joint venture agreements, employee termination agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, stock option plans, and leases. His general representation of business enterprises includes corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. He is experienced in general corporate matters, including incorporation, organization, operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements.
A substantial portion of David's practice involves representing medical devices, health services and biopharmaceutical companies, including with respect to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and manufacturing, purchasing, distribution and supply agreements.
In addition to the professional recognition highlighted above, David's clients have been effusive in their praise, stating that he is:
…intelligent, business-savvy, and insightful; and his expertise and value far exceed the mere legal advice provided. Sanders is more of a business consultant; and his immediate recall and depth of knowledge of so many areas ensure you get maximum value, as he takes less time to deal with issues than other lawyers with whom I’ve interacted.
— a Foley client, quoted in
Legal 500, 2013
Since 2015, David has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a class entitled “Negotiating a Mergers and Acquisitions Transaction.” Also, during the during the Spring 2007 semester at George Mason University, David and other Foley attorneys taught a course entitled "Creating and Building Value in a High Tech Start-Up Company."
A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1995), David received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1992).
David is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and before all federal courts in the Washington metropolitan area.
David serves on the board of directors and is general counsel of The Children’s Charities Foundation, a charity that has disbursed more than $8 million to organizations that support disadvantaged and at-risk children by strengthening their health and welfare, supporting strong cohesive families and assisting with educational and recreational programs. He was the recipient of the "Stars For Children" award in December 2003 in recognition of his individual achievements and philanthropic generosity on behalf of The Children's Charities Foundation. The "Stars For Children" award is a leadership award that is presented annually to an individual who has proven dedication and commitment to children's causes and their well-being through philanthropy in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
David is also on the board of directors for The Amputee Coalition, which is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss.
In addition, he serves as outside counsel for the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research (http://www.bruceedwardsfoundation.org/) and spearheads the firm’s work with the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Practicum, which provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs and individuals who cannot otherwise afford legal services.
Presentations and Publications
David speaks frequently on issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, as well as non-compete matters.