Overview

Joseph M. Sanderson is a litigation associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Joseph’s practice focuses on complex litigation and enforcement matters, often with hundreds of millions or billions of dollars at stake. On the defense side, his work has ranged from high-profile mass tort litigation to defending against government enforcement action and complex stockholder, bondholder, and securities disputes. On the plaintiff side, he has worked on tech industry disputes, such as representing a start-up founder in a dispute against the company that acquired it and representing a technology company in litigation against employees who misappropriated its technology, representing investors in a failed Spanish bank in bringing international arbitration claims, and representing real estate developers in bringing fraud claims against their financial advisors.

Joseph is active in pro bono work. He has taken on pro bono cases on a wide range of issues, including immigration, gender-based violence, freedom of speech, inmates’ religious liberty, wage theft, and more. He was part of the Kirkland team that won a landmark California Supreme Court decision protecting indigent litigants’ right to appeal. Recently, he represented several constitutional and immigration law professors as amici curiae in challenging the separation of children from their parents at the border.

Joseph was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and “One To Watch” by Best Lawyers in 2020, and received a Pro Bono Publico award from the Legal Aid Society in 2019. Joseph was recognized as a Litigator of the Week Runner Up by Litigation Daily in 2020.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

Co-Author, Calif. Ruling Should Ease Cross-Border Business Concerns, Law360, April 21, 2020

Co-Author, California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision Barring Consensual Service by Mail on China-Based Parties, Kirkland Alert, April 13, 2020

Co-Author, Forum-Selection for Federal Securities Claims After Sciabacucchi, Securities Regulation Daily, January 11, 2019

Note, Don’t Bury the Competition: The Growth of Occupational Licensing and a Toolbox for Reform, 31 Yale J. on Reg. 455, 2014

Blog Post, North Carolina Board: Much Ado About Nothing, Yale J. on Reg. Notice & Comment, March 4, 2015

Lead Author, Separation of Powers Chapter, in Proposed Constitutional Framework for the Republic of Tunisia, Wilberforce Society (Student Think Tank), 2012

Co-Author, A Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, Wilberforce Society (Student Think Tank), 2011

Letter to the Editor, The Value of a Constitution (published, with other letters, under title Is It Time to Scrap the Constitution?), N.Y. Times, January 4, 2013

Letter to the Editor, Jahi McMath and the Law, L.A. Times, January 8, 2014

Press Mentions

Litigator of the Week Runner Up, Litigation Daily, Law.com, October 2, 2020

Quoted, Haggis Case Tests Boundaries Of NYC Gender Violence Law, Law360, May 12, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, New York City Bar Association

  • Consumer Affairs Committee

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Council

  • Civil Rights Committee

Member, New York County Lawyers Association

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015California
  • 2018New York

Courts

  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County Commercial Division
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County Civil Branch
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, Monroe County Commercial Division
  • Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
  • Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo
  • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • 29th Judicial District Court, Louisiana (pro hac vice)
  • 40th Judicial District Court, Louisiana (pro hac vice)
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Camden County (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the District of Montana (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (pro hac vice)

Languages

  • English
  • French

Education

  • Yale Law SchoolJ.D.2015

    Executive Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation Volume 32

    Executive Editor, Online Content, Yale Law & Policy Review Volume 33

    Education Adequacy Project (Clinic)

    Director, Capital Assistance Project

    Research Assistant, Professor Bruce Ackerman

  • Jesus College, University of CambridgeB.A., Law(Hons), with Double First Class Honors2012

    Keller Prize for Distinguished Academic Performance by a Jesus College Undergraduate

    Finalist, De Smith Moot Court Competition

    Treasurer & Secretary, Cambridge Union Society

    Member, Cambridge University Innocence Project

    Member, Cambridge University Lawyers Without Borders Capital Punishment Project