James J. Sanders


Business Phone: 312.759.5947
Business Fax: 773.877.3741



Jamie Sanders is a litigation partner in the Insurance practice at Troutman Sanders. He primarily represents insurers in complex, high-stakes insurance coverage litigation, with an emphasis on long-tail environmental and toxic tort claims. He has also represented companies in commercial litigation and defended insurers against “bad faith” claims.

Representative Matters

  • Represented insurer in high-profile environmental contamination lawsuit in Madison, Wisconsin where the insured sought defense and indemnity coverage for two class action lawsuits and a DNR-mandated remediation.
  • Represented insurers in multiple long-tail asbestos insurance coverage cases in Illinois state court where insureds were seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage.
  • Secured a finding of no coverage in favor of insurer in litigation where plaintiffs sought to collect an underlying arbitration award from a $5 million directors and officers liability policy.
  • Secured dismissal of garnishment action against liability insurer in which the underlying plaintiff sought to collect on a multi-million dollar personal injury judgment.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer in a dispute over the insurer’s obligation to cover approximately $5 million in post-judgment interest (affirmed by Illinois Appellate Court).
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer in a breach of contract and indemnity action filed against its managing general agent, which resulted in the insurer recovering more than $1.3 million in damages, including attorneys’ fees.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “The Changing Litigation Climate for Formerly Peripheral Asbestos Defendants,” Emerging Insurance Coverage and Allocation Issues Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 19, 2015.
  • "Extra-Contractual Liability Arising from Failure to Settle Within Policy Limits," Chicago Bar Association, February 4, 2015.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Children’s Research Junior Board Foundation
  • Member, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in insurance within the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2015-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2011-2014
  • Associate, Leahy, Eisenberg & Frankel, 2007-2011



  • University of Georgia, J.D., cum laude, 2006
    Notes Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • University of Georgia, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin