Meet Richard Sanders
When asked that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I would always respond, “A LAWYER!” I learned from a very young age through my father, a Navy Veteran, and my mother the values of hard work. I was always taught to be caring and kind and, most importantly, always be willing to help people. I knew, even very young, that lawyers were people who took positions on an issue, they advocated to help people, and they stood up for the little guys!
I grew up in Columbus, Georgia and then went on to complete my Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University. I then went to law school in Lansing, Michigan attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School. It was during these early years where I learned that lawyers had a significant job in the courtroom, but the one who had the greatest responsibility was the judge. Judges can have a major impact on the lives of everyday citizens like you and me. Therefore, it is important to have judges who are not only fair, impartial, and have integrity; but we also need them to be caring, compassionate, and willing to listen regardless of how poor or wealthy the person before them is. I have been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2008 and I have primarily focused on litigation with an emphasis in personal injury cases, family law, and criminal defense work. I have also handled numerous appeals throughout my career and argued in front of the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals. I have also co-authored the book, Divorce in Georgia. I have served as a judge for Juvenile Court in Chatham County and have served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Bloomingdale and Garden City.
I have been named as a Rising Start with Georgia Super Lawyers, as a Top 100 trial Lawyer in Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers Organization and have a Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell a peer reviewed rating system.
I enjoy volunteering at Savannah Arts Academy High School where I coach their Mock Trial Team. I also volunteer as a mediator at the Mediation Center in Savannah. I am a member of numerous clubs and organizations including the 200 Hundred Club of Savannah, the Exchange Club, Savannah Jaycees Club, and the Quarterback Club.
I have had the privilege of being married to an amazing person, partner, mother, and wife, Crystal Sanders who treats cancer patients at St. Joseph’s/Candler. I also have the privilege of being the father to two amazing twin girls Ryleigh and Mackenzie.
Council of Municipal Court Judges
District 1, 2016; 2020
Executive Committee Member Chair Annual Mtg
Georgia Bar Association
Criminal Law Section
Dispute Resolution Section
Family Law Section
Military/Veterans Law Section
Tort and Insurance Practice Section
Savannah Bar Association
Executive Committee Member
Past Chair and Co-Chair- Hot Topics Committee
YLD Georgia Bar Association
YLD Southern District Representative
Registered Mediator - Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
-Domestic (Family Law)
Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Savannah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Savannah Association of Trial Lawyers
-Parliamentarian, 2013- 2015
-Secretary, 2015- 2016
-Vice President, 2016
ADR Board Chatham County
Exchange Club of Savannah
William Jay Society (Telfair)
200 Club of Savannah
Savannah Quarterback Club
Jenkins Athletic Club
South Georgia State Fair Board
Pooler Lions Club
327 W. York St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
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