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William Woody Sanderson

Service Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Education & School Law
  • Local Governments & Municipalities
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Governmental Liability



Mr. Sanderson’s practice is primarily devoted to mediation and representation of school boards, municipalities, and utilities. He 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.

Mr. Sanderson also devotes a significant portion of his practice to municipal litigation and education law. He is listed on the roster of approved mediators maintained by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.


Honors and Awards

  • Mr. Sanderson is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent ®.
  • 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.


Professional Affiliations

  • 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


Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1979


Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    Northern District of Alabama
    Middle District of Alabama
  • All Alabama state courts


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
  • Member, Committee of 100
  • Graduate, Leadership Huntsville, 1991
  • Graduate, Leadership Alabama, 2002
  • Member, First United Methodist Church of Huntsville
    Chair, Board of Trustees, 2015
  • Member, Madison County Commission District (911 Board)
  • Trustee, Fords Chapel Cemetery Association