Lawyer Profile

Woody Sanderson
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
2101 West Clinton Avenue, Suite 102
Huntsville, AL, 35805
Phone | 256-535-1100

Law School - University of Alabama School of Law
Bar Admission - 9/28/1979

Law Office Locations: Huntsville

Geographic Areas Served: Madison, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Limestone, Lawrence, Winston, Morgan, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Cherokee


Woody Sanderson's practice is primarily devoted to mediation and representation of school boards, municipalities, and utilities.

Woody Sanderson also devotes a significant portion of his practice to municipal litigation and education law.

Areas of Practice:
Education and School Law
Municipal and County Government Law
Employment Law
Eminent Domain
Employment Litigation
Appellate Practice
Public Employment
Municipal and County Public Employee Litigation 

Alabama, 1979
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Courts
    Northern District of Alabama
    Middle District of Alabama
All Alabama State Courts


American Bar Association
Alabama Bar Association
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association
Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys
    President, 2008-2009
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Association for Conflict Resolution


J.D., 1979, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    President, Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
    Most Outstanding Senior, 1979
    Articles Editor, Alabama Law Review
    Finalist, John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition
M.P.A., 1979, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
B.A., cum laude, 1976, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

    Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards:
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. Listed in the areas of education law and water law.

Named an Alabama Super Lawyer by for 2008.

Recipient, Distinguished Leadership Award, Leadership Huntsville-Madison Co., 2005. 

“OSHA and the Private Litigant,” Alabama Law Review (1979).
“Could Employee Overtime Cost You?,” Alabama School Boards (magazine), 2002.

Community Involvement:
President, The Schools Foundation, 1999-2003
Member, Board of Directors, Committee of 100
Member, Board of Directors, Broadway Theater League
    President, 2005-2007
Graduate, Leadership Huntsville, 1991
Graduate, Leadership Alabama, 2002
Member, First United Methodist Church of Huntsville


Woody Sanderson has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution and issues affecting municipalities, school boards, and municipal utilities, including real estate, employment and environmental issues, tenure, tax, public financing, and contracts.


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