R. Eric Sanders



Eric joined Rolfes Henry in 2018 to open its Indianapolis, Indiana office.  Over the last decade, Eric’s practice centered around litigation that includes general and commercial liability defense, premises liability defense, bad faith litigation, and governmental liability.  Eric regularly represents law enforcement officers and municipalities in alleged civil rights violations and tort claims in both federal and state courts.

As a former police officer and government defense counsel, Eric has significant experience in representing local municipalities and government agencies for claims brought under the Indiana Tort Claims Act and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.  Eric regularly authors publications involving new legal developments in Section 1983 law, including issues related to the Fourth Amendment, qualified immunity, and malicious prosecution.  Eric currently serves as the newsletter chair for the DRI Governmental Liability Section – a nationwide group of attorneys dedicated to governmental defense.

In addition to his governmental practice, Eric regularly represents and defends companies, insureds, and insurers in both first and third-party claims throughout Ohio and Indiana, including allegations of bad faith and negligent claim handling.

As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Eric actively devotes his free time to veteran’s activities and concerns.  Eric lives in Indianapolis with his wife and son.


University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
Juris Doctor, 2009

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Bachelor of Arts in English and Criminal Justice, 2006

Admitted to Practice

Federal Courts:

  • Northern & Southern District of Indiana
  • Northern & Southern District of Ohio

State Courts:

  • State of Indiana
  • State of Ohio

Notable Experience



  • "Hearsay, Email, Business Records and Social Media - in the Trenches!" (2018), presented at National Business Institute Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • "Civil Trial Case Presentation in Federal Court - Jury Selection and Jury Instructions,” (2015), presented at National Business Institute CLE, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • "Going Paperless and Beyond: Attorney's Guide to a Mobile Law Practice", (2015), presented at National Business Institute CLE, Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • DRI Defense Counsel
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indianapolis
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)
  • International Association of  Special Investigations Units (IASIU) (2019)


  • Named to the Indiana Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for 2020



R. Eric Sanders

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Areas of Practice

  • Claim Investigations
  • Governmental and Municipality Defense
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
  • Law Enforcement / Civil Rights Violations
  • Property & Casualty Insurance Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation