Meet Brian M. Sanders

Brian M. Sanders


Brian is a partner in the Sacramento office of Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck, LLP.  His litigation experience spans several areas of practice including construction, products, premises liability, personal injury, real estate, agency, professional responsibility, coverage, and alternative dispute resolution both representing parties and as a neutral, himself.  He presents and publishes regularly in his areas of expertise.

He came to California from the Midwest at an early age (for which he is still in the process of forgiving his parents) and spent most of his early years in Southeast L.A. during the 60s and early 70s.  His family moved to Orange County in his junior year of high school.  After graduation, Brian became something of a nomad, moving to places as widely ranging as Oceanside in San Diego County, Yucca Valley (near Joshua Tree) in San Bernardino County, several cities in Orange County, and Oxnard in Ventura County.

Before law school, Brian worked in a wide range of positions, including: fast food/franchise restaurants; grocery stores; door-to-door and telephone sales; retail; warehouse; construction; security, including on-site, motorcycle and auto patrol, armed security, and management; government loan and consumer collections, including as general manager of a consumer collection agency; and he trained as a community mediator and sat on the board of the Mediation Center in Orange County.  This breadth of real-world experience comes to bear not only for his clients but also in mentoring.

Brian earned his undergraduate Philosophy degree, cum laude, at California State University, Fullerton and went on to Loyola Marymount University’s Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he secured his JD in 1999.  After a five-year stint with a firm in Orange County that began while he was still in law school, a litigation job opened up at a firm in Oakland.  Brian migrated to Northern California in 2003, were he has chosen to remain.  In just five years, he went from the newest associate to being the newest partner at that firm, where he stayed until coming to KNCH.

He has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent” peer rating for legal skill and integrity.  In addition to serving as Assistant Managing Partner of his prior firm’s Concord / Bay Area office, Brian chaired the firm’s Construction Practice Group and served on the product liability, real estate, and appellate practice groups.  Brian also chaired the nationwide Construction Liability Group for the Gavel, a national claims defense network.

Brian’s off hours are spent with his wife and two daughters and, when time permits, he is an avid fisherman, hunter, motorcycle rider, and Xbox gamer.  Community services include coaching high school mock trial teams, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Concord Chamber of Commerce.

  • Construction Claims & Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury & Accident Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability & Hospitality Claims Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage & Related Matters
  • Professional Liability

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • The Gavel™
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California and Nevada, Construction Committee

  • AV peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • The Earth Moved: Slide Investigation, Keynote Address, The Gavel™ National Conference VII, January 2023

(916) 724-5700
  • California State Univ., Fullerton 1995 – B.S. Philosophy (Ethics) – 1995
  • Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, 1999 – J.D.
States Licensed to Practice
  • All Courts of the State of California
  • S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States