Donald J. Sands (1939-2021)

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Donald J. Sands

1939 – 2021


Don Sands was Of Counsel to CWL from 2013-2021.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sands was a founding partner of Sands Lerner, where he represented public and privately held companies engaged in commercial trucking, warehouse and logistics, marine insurance transactions and litigation.

His commercial practice included negotiating and drafting leases, contracts of carriage and other general business documents.

Mr. Sands’ litigation practice included trial, arbitration, appeals and mediation in all types of marine insurance coverage cases, maritime fraud, personal injury, and cargo loss cases, and other transportation related cases.

In the maritime field, Mr. Sands counseled his clients on coverage issues, casualties involving collisions, allisions and groundings, ship repair disputes, environmental damage and oil spill response, and Jones Act personal injury disputes.

Areas of Practice

  • General Maritime Law
  • Employment
  • Maritime Fraud
  • Marine/Inland Marine Insurance


  • J.D. University of West Los Angeles (1974)
  • B.S.L. University of West Los Angeles (1972)

Membership & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • All federal courts in California
  • Surface Transportation Committee of the United States of America to North American Free Trade Agreement Commission