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Alexander P. Sands III



Former North Carolina State Senator Alexander “Sandy” Sands is the leader of the firm's Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group in Raleigh. He is a Registered Lobbyist.

He represents businesses and individuals who have matters before both the legislative and executive branches of government in North Carolina. He's proven himself to be quite effective.

When the North Carolina Center for Public Policy surveyed members of the General Assembly and lobbyists in 2009, researchers found Sands to be the 3rd most influential lobbyist in the Tarheel state.

Sandy has used his many years as a litigator in state and federal trial and appellate courts to develop his advocacy skills, which he now uses effectively for his clients in his lobbying and administrative law practice. He served as a North Carolina State Senator from 1986 until 1994. During that service he rose to the position of Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1971, with honors, member of Law Review
  • Duke University, A.B., 1967
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.C.
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of N.C.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame - Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Legislative Advisory Committee, 1995-2001
  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association - Former Board of Directors Member
  • North Carolina Technology Association - Board of Directors Member
  • North Carolina Golf Panel
  • National Association of State Lobbyists
  • State Government Affairs Council
  • Recipient, Order of the Long Leaf Pine
  • Ranked among “The Most Influential Lobbyists” by The Carolina Center for Public Policy Research since 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Awarded America's Most Honored Lawyers by The American Registry, 2020 
  • Named as Lawyer of the Year in Raleigh, Government Relations Practice, 2021, Best Lawyers in America; also ranked since 2007 in Government Relations.
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Sandy will tell you that he likes to play golf, and that's certainly true. He has been fortunate to play the top courses in North Carolina as a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel.  Sandy thinks that many of the lessons learned on the golf course are relevant to life and the practice of law - the importance of patience, perseverance, and practice.

Sandy was the State Senator who proposed the legislation requiring "lights and wipers together" so that drivers in rain can more easily see each other. This may be common sense, but it was not common practice when the ever-practical Senator Sands suggested it as a way to keep North Carolinians safer on the road. Today, drivers who came of age during the last twenty years do this by habit, all thanks to Sandy.

Among Sandy's many accomplishments while in the legislature is one that is specifically beloved by the Bar. He led legislation to limit the number of interrogatories one party can ask of another to 50 without prior court approval. You see, Sandy is a litigator, and before he became a State Senator or lobbyist, he practiced law in a small town in North Carolina. He knew that he could streamline litigation and serve the cause of justice with that law, and it's been a favorite of the Bar ever since.

Today, when he is not playing golf, he is frequently spending time with his "trophy wife" of 43 years, Ginny, reading history, or sampling North Carolina's wonderful varieties of BBQ.

Sandy Sands main bio photoSandy Sands outside NP photo

"Always try to do the right thing, for the right reason."