Biography

Consistently recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, Sanford L. Dow has, during his 31 year legal career, represented a diversity of individuals from all walks of life and businesses of all sizes. He has successfully represented prominent national religious leaders, a former United States Congressman, professional athletes, members of a Middle East Royal Family, an international fashion model, New York Stock Exchange companies, a restaurant franchise with over 400 worldwide locations, and a multitude of start-up and mid-size companies.

In 2024, The Best Lawyers in America recognized Mr. Dow as “Lawyer of the Year” for real estate litigation in Houston.  Mr. Dow is the only lawyer to receive this recognition, which is based entirely on peer review.

Mr. Dow’s practice involves litigating commercial disputes, as well as representing clients in various real estatebusiness, and entertainment transactions. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Commercial Real Estate Law, and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (one of only 6 lawyers in Texas who are triple Board Certified in those same three practice areas), Mr. Dow, who is also a licensed Texas Real Estate Salesman, is uniquely qualified to assist his transactional clients in avoiding common business traps which often result in unwanted litigation. Having tried numerous jury and non-jury cases, Mr. Dow’s background provides a basis for explaining how deals are developed and how agreements unravel. He has represented clients in both state and federal courts, and has appeared before the Texas Court of Appeals.

In addition, Mr. Dow has been called on by other attorneys to serve as a testifying expert witness on a wide variety of real estate related legal issues, including mortgage lending matters, mechanic’s and materialmen liens, title issues, real estate broker duties and liabilities, and condominium disputes.

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