Attorney John P. Sanderson, III

Legal Experience
2007 – Present The Sanderson Law Firm, Archbald, Pennsylvania/ Queens, New York
Civil Litigation, Orphans’ Court Litigation, Magistrate Litigation, Wills and Trusts, Real Estate Transactions, Corporate Law, Estate and Trust Administration
Managing Partner
2003 Lackawanna County District Attorneys Office, Scranton, Pennsylvania 
2007 Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Juris Doctorate
2002 University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, with Honors Bachelor of Science – Business Management and Criminal Justice
1998 Scranton Preparatory School, Scranton, Pennsylvania

ATTORNEY JOHN P. SANDERSON, III, joined the law firm as an attorney in 2007 and concentrates in the areas of Civil Litigation, Wills and Trusts, Estate and Trust Administration, and Real Estate Transactions as well as Civil and Orphans’ Court Litigation. Attorney Sanderson is a graduate of Widener University School of Law and was a recipient of a Merit Scholarship and was a finalist in the First-year Moot Court competition. He also was named to the Widener University School of Law Dean’s List during the Fall of 2004 and the Fall of 2005. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 2002. While at Scranton, he played shortstop/ second base for the baseball team and was a regular starter on the University golf team for three years. He also was the assistant sports editor for the University student newspaper, The Aquinas. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the New York Supreme Court, the New York State Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association, the Luzerne County Bar Association, the United States Middle District Court of Pennsylvania, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania and is a licensed Pennsylvania Resident Title Agent. Attorney Sanderson served as an executive board member of the Young Lawyers Division of Lackawanna County Bar Association from 2009 to 2012. Since 2012, Attorney Sanderson has served as an Arbitrator in the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas. He is a faculty member of the National Business Institute (NBI) and frequently lectures and gives continuing legal education (CLE’s) seminars in New York State and Pennsylvania.

Attorney John P. Sanderson III was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2011, 2012 and 2019, by Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers Rising Stars are the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of a special panel. His Super Lawyers profile can be viewed online at

From 2011 – 2022, Attorney Sanderson served as an executive member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Mary’s Villa Nursing Home, which serves as a nursing facility for elder people.

In 2015, Attorney Sanderson was selected for inclusion in Best Attorneys of America for Estate Planning and Administration, a national publication. Less than one percent (1%) of the lawyers in the United States have been invited to become members of this distinguished group.

In 2016, Attorney Sanderson received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating of professional excellence given by his attorney peers – was selected to the Top Attorneys of North America edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who – was selected by the National Academy of Jurisprudence as one of the Premier 100 trial attorneys in Pennsylvania – in 2019 and 2020 was selected and his biography listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America – received the US News & World Report Legal Elite Award for estate planning in 2020 – has an 9.8 out of 10 Avvo Rating.

His career highlight came in 2018, as the attorney of record in Pennsylvania and New York for the estate of a high-profile celebrity New York attorney with assets in excess of $70 million. This was recognized and featured in the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. He was the successor to his client’s law practice when he passed away. His real estate mogul client had a well-known law firm based in Queens/Manhattan, New York City, and had real estate dealings with President Donald J. Trump. The property values and real estate transactions in New York City with this case included property values of $15 million, $6.7 million, $4.8 million, $4.2 million, $3.7 million, $3.3 million, $2.8 million and $2.5 million, $2.3 million, $2.25 million, $2 million and $1.75 million respectively.

Attorney Sanderson was interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer on April 2, 2020 during the Corona Virus shut down where he discussed end of life planning, Last Wills and Testament, Financial Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Directives and the relaxed Pennsylvania notary laws for these documents during the state shut down. Link to the article:

Another notable highlight for Attorney Sanderson is his representation of a high-profile Manhattan, New York City, dentist whom he began representing in 2021 for complex estate and trust planning. His client’s specialty is cosmetic dentistry and implant restoration and her patients include some of the most recognized actors, musicians and politicians in the world like Sarah Jessica Parker, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Caroline Kennedy, Billy Joel, Lorne Michaels, Tea Leoni, Matthew Broderick, David Duchovny, Quest Love – The Roots Band, Tina Fey and Elizabeth Trump.

Most recently in 2023, Attorney Sanderson was the attorney of record in Pennsylvania for the estate of a high-profile Healthcare Corporation Chief Executive Officer with a net worth of $125 million. The Decedent in this estate lived a legacy of leadership of 15 companies across numerous industries throughout his career and was nationally recognized for receiving the “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 1972 from President Richard Nixon and HUD Secretary Romney for his leadership in the Hurricane Agnes disaster. Attorney Sanderson is very proud to have represented the Executrix of the Estate in this case.

Attorney Sanderson is in practice with his father, John P. Sanderson, Jr., Esquire, and his brother, Scott R. Sanderson, Esquire, and resides in Roaring Brook Township, Pennsylvania.

John P. Sanderson, III
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