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Sandra J. Wunderlich

St. Louis, MO | D 314.256.2544 | F 314.256.2549 | M 314.323.7967

Sandy Wunderlich focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation.

An experienced trial lawyer, Sandy has been lead trial counsel in a dozen jury and bench trials. Over the past 25 years, she has represented large pharmaceutical manufacturers, agricultural and industrial manufacturers, a Fortune 50 company, and large national banks and credit arms of Fortune 100 companies in areas including mass tort and product liability, medical device and pharmaceutical liability, financial services litigation, and in other complex litigation. Sandy has handled appeals in the highest appellate courts at both the state and federal level.

Early in her career, Sandy served as the first judicial clerk to the Honorable Elwood L. Thomas of the Missouri Supreme Court. There, Sandy established procedures for reviewing appellate briefs, evaluated writs seeking extraordinary relief, prepared outlines for Judge Thomas to use during oral argument, and researched and drafted opinions at his direction.

education & admissions


  • University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 1991); Order of the Coif; Missouri Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. in Political Science, with honors, 1988)

state admissions

  • Missouri, 1991
  • Kansas, 1992
  • Illinois, 1995

federal admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri

Representative Experience

Intellectual Property Litigation


  • Defended a major sporting goods manufacturer in action accusing it of infringement of knee saver; obtained summary judgment in favor of client; following appeal to the Federal Circuit, the court unanimously affirmed the decision within 24 hours of the oral argument
  • Defended an international manufacturer of disc brakes after the lower court entered judgment against client for willful infringement and awarded treble damages and attorney’s fees; after developing an effective strategy on appeal, the matter settled far more favorably than the judgment
  • Defended an importer of pesticides in infringement action related to chemical formulation of pesticide; matter was resolved through a favorable settlement for the client
  • Defended a consumer appliance manufacturer in action alleging infringement of six patents related to features of wet/dry vacuums; matter settled favorably for client days before trial


  • Successfully defeated request for temporary restraining order against sporting goods manufacturer based upon alleged trademark infringement, resulting in dismissal of all asserted claims for infringement
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a custom motorcycle manufacturer in trademark infringement action related to its branded clothing and logo; decision affirmed on appeal
  • Defended a bank in trademark infringement action in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee; the matter settled favorably for client with client able to continue using the name
  • Represented a charitable organization for families in crisis against claims of trademark infringement; matter resolved favorably for client with client able to continue using the brand
  • Represented a charity asserting claims of trademark infringement; matter settled favorably for client with infringer agreeing to change its name
  • Represented an international toy company in a claim of trade dress violation; case settled quickly after asserting the claim
  • Represented an international toy company in a claim of infringement by a web-based seller that was allowing counterfeit goods to be sold; obtained a crucial ruling on the issue of jurisdiction and their liability for allowing the sale of infringing articles, leading to a favorable settlement for client
  • Represented a healthcare company in defense of its trademark; judgment entered in favor of client that allowed for continued use of mark


  • Represented the producers of a blockbuster song against claims of copyright infringement
  • Represented an international toy company in dispute related to movie rights and copyright infringement
  • Represented a charity asserting claims of copyright infringement; matter settled favorably for client with infringer agreeing to cease use of the written materials

Domain Names

  • Defended a client against accusations of trademark infringement in use of domain name; matter resolved in favor of client, including payment of attorney’s fees
  • Prosecuted action on behalf of a client in dispute related to domain name through UDRP process, resulting in release of domain name for client’s use

Financial Services Litigation

  • Led the defense of a large national bank against allegations of fraud and breach of trust and seeking damages in excess of $500 million; the case settled for a fraction of the damages sought just before trial
  • Obtained defense verdicts in jury trials in favor of a credit services company against allegations of conversion and breach of contract in financing transactions
  • Obtained directed verdict in jury trial in favor of credit arm of a Big 3 automobile manufacturer against allegations of conversion, breach of contract, and fraud
  • Obtained defense verdict in bench trial in favor of a large national bank against allegations of fraud, misrepresentations, and promissory estoppel brought by borrowers and guarantors of bank
  • Obtained a TRO and deficiency judgment against a car dealership with over 150 financed cars in floorplan
  • Obtained a TRO and deficiency judgment in action against a purchaser of significant inventory of heavy equipment
  • Successfully resolved shareholder derivative action against bank officers and directors of a community bank in action brought by shareholder following the discovery of embezzlement at bank
  • Defended against a putative class action brought by consumers against a lender accused of abusive credit reporting procedures; class certification was denied

Food, Cosmetics and Dietary Supplements

  • Counseled a food manufacturer concerning potential liability for contaminated products, including FDA inspection and recalls, insurance coverage, and response to FDA 483 Report, resulting in warning of manufacturer rather than fines or other punishment
  • Advised a can manufacturer related to risks associated with exploding cans; retained chemist to evaluate product formula, testing results, and pasteurization process, and developed defenses to claims by distributor
  • Defended food flavoring manufacturer against claim for personal injuries resulting from inhalation of product by bakery employee; obtained dismissal of case based upon the statute of limitations
  • Represented a food manufacturer in a dispute with an ingredient supplier following a product recall due to the use of contaminated ingredients; the dispute centered around the amount of damages and the supplier’s claims that the recall was overly broad; successfully argued that the scope of the recall was necessary due to the risk of harm to consumers and protection of the client’s brand

Medical Device & Pharmaceutical Liability/Mass Tort & Product Liability

  • Serves as national coordinating counsel for a large international pharmaceutical company in alendronate sodium matters pending in two MDLs and two state court proceedings; claims dismissed and confirmed on appeal to Third Circuit; rulings in state court resulted in dismissal of majority of claims
  • Represented multiple generic pharmaceutical companies in mass actions seeking damages for alleged personal injuries resulting from ingestion of metoclopramide; obtained dismissal of claims based upon preemption initially; following appeal and remand of two claims, obtained dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Represents a brand name pharmaceutical company in mass actions alleging birth defects; cases still pending, subject to a stay
  • Defended a pharmaceutical company in class action alleging economic damages resulting from off-label promotion under Missouri Merchandising Practices Act; matter settled favorably for client shortly before trial
  • Served on a national products liability trial team defending benzene cases for a Fortune 50 company
  • Defended agricultural and industrial equipment manufacturers in product liability actions resulting in serious personal injury and/or death
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Alternative Fee Arrangements – Bespoke or Broken?" International Association of Defense Counsel webinar (November 2017)
  • "'Oh, the Places You'll Find Intellectual Property!' Commonly Missed IP Issues In-House Counsel Cannot Afford to Overlook," 2017 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2017)
  • "Civil Litigation with Magistrate Judges: Litigating Civil Consent Cases," 2017 Federal Practice Seminar: Emerging Issues in 21st Century Federal Practice, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri (October 2017)
  • "Food Fight: FSMA and the FDA's New Era of Enforcement from the Perspective of Outside Counsel, In-House Counsel and a Former FDA Officer," International Association of Defense Counsel 2017 Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec (July 2017)
  • “The Sporting Goods Industry: What Keeps In House Counsel Up at Night,” International Association of Defense Counsel Mid-year Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona (February 2017)
  • “Embracing Failure,” DRI Women in the Law Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona (February 2017)
  • “Legal Project Management: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread?” American Bar Association Tax Seminar, Orlando, Florida (January 2017)
  • “Innovate or Fail: New Strategies for Managing Litigation,” Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis, Missouri (August 2016)
  • “Setting Reserves: What You Need to Know,” DRI Women in the Law (manuscript author) (February 2016)
  • “Effective Depositions: Dealing with Problem Witnesses, the Hostile Adversary, and Overcoming Obstructions,” MoBar CLE Series, St. Louis, Missouri (2007-2013)
  • Missouri Jury Instructions CLE, MoBar CLE Series, St. Louis, Missouri (2009)
  • “Effective Depositions: Taking Depositions,” MoBar CLE Series, St. Louis, Missouri (2005-2006)



Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Outstanding Leader, DRI Women in the Law Committee (2016)
  • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® (2008-2015)
  • Award of Merit, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division (1997)
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
      • Diversity and Inclusion SLC Liaison
      • Seminar Planning Committee
    • Women in the Law
      • Webcast, Webinar and Podcast Chair (2017)
      • 2017 Seminar Activities Chair
      • Pathways to Leadership, Inaugural Class (2017)
      • Substantive Law Committee Liaison, Vice Chair
    • DRI for Life
      • Women in the Law Committee Liaison
      • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee Liaison
      • Chair of Seminar Support
    • Legal Practice Management, Vice Chair of Publications
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Intellectual Property Committee, Program Chair
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Training Program Graduate (1999)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate, Franklin County, Missouri (2017)
  • St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Dinner, Auction Chair (2014-2016)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
    • School Board, Secretary and President (2013-2016)
    • Parish Council (2012-present)
  • Downtown Children’s Center, Board Member (1998-2001)