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Sandra J. Wunderlich

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

Sandy Wunderlich has a diverse litigation background, with particular emphasis on intellectual property consulting and 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 litigated patent, trademark, copyright, and domain name matters from the cease-and-desist stage through appeal. A member of the Federal Circuit, she has successfully handled appeals in that court. Outside of litigation, she provides intellectual property consulting on the likelihood of litigation and strategizes with clients on ways to avoid it.

Sandy 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 litigated intellectual property disputes in Missouri, Kansas, Delaware, Minnesota, Illinois, Tennessee, California, Texas, and Ohio, and has appeared in other states including Florida, New York, and New Jersey in other matters. Sandy handles 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, she 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 an 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 an infringement action related to the chemical formulation of pesticide; matter was resolved through a favorable settlement for client
  • Defended a consumer appliance manufacturer in an action alleging infringement of six patents related to features of wet/dry vacuums; matter settled favorably for client days before trial


  • Successfully defeated a request for a temporary restraining order against a 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 a trademark infringement action related to its branded clothing and logo; decision affirmed on appeal
  • Defended a bank in a 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 a 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 an action on behalf of a client in a dispute related to domain name through UDRP process, resulting in release of the 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 a directed verdict in a jury trial in favor of the credit arm of a Big 3 automobile manufacturer against allegations of conversion, breach of contract, and fraud
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a bench trial in favor of a large national bank against allegations of fraud, misrepresentations, and promissory estoppel brought by borrowers and guarantors of the 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 an action against a purchaser of significant inventory of heavy equipment
  • Successfully resolved a shareholder derivative action against bank officers and directors of a community bank in an action brought by a shareholder following the discovery of embezzlement at the 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 a chemist to evaluate product formula, testing results, and pasteurization process, and developed defenses to claims by the distributor
  • Defended a food flavoring manufacturer against a claim for personal injuries resulting from the inhalation of a product by a bakery employee; obtained dismissal 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 originally pending in two MDLs and two coordinated state court proceedings; all MDL claims dismissed and confirmed on appeal to Third Circuit; majority of state court actions dismissed
  • 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 a 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

  • "The Entertainment Industry: What Keeps In-House Counsel Up at Night?", IADC 2018 Midyear Meeting, La Quinta, California (February 2018)
  • "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
      • Program Vice Chair (2019)
      • Webcast, Webinar and Podcast Chair (2017)
      • Seminar Activities Chair (2017)
      • Pathways to Leadership, Inaugural Class (2017)
      • Substantive Law Committee Liaison, Vice Chair (2015-2016)
      • Seminar Planning Committee (2016-present)
    • DRI for Life
      • Podcasts, Webinars and Digital Media Chair (2018)
      • Women in the Law Committee Liaison (2015-present)
      • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee Liaison (2016-present)
      • Seminar Support Chair (2016-2017)
    • Legal Practice Management, Vice Chair of Publications
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Intellectual Property Committee, Program Chair (2016-2018)
    • IADC 46th Annual Trial Academy Faculty, Stanford Law School (2018)
  • National Juvenile Defender Center
    • Authored and filed amicus brief in United States Supreme Court on the Center's behalf (December 2017)
  • Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
    • Emotional Intelligence Training (November 2017)
  • 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)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Training Program Graduate (1999)
  • Downtown Children’s Center, Board Member (1998-2001)
  • Tucker Ellis Litigation Institute Faculty (2017)
  • Tucker Ellis Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Tucker Ellis Women's Initiative
  • Tucker Ellis Nominating Committee
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