Melanie Phipps Sanders

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Consumer Law Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Kustoff & Phipps, LLP
 | 4103 Parkdale, San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: 210-614-9444
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Consumer Law (70%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Melanie Hessler Phipps is a shareholder in the law firm of Kustoff & Phipps, L.L.P., located in San Antonio, Texas. She devotes her entire practice to litigation, with a particular focus on construction defects cases and bad faith insurance claims, especially those related to damage from hail, hurricanes, storms or fire. In addition, Ms. Phipps handles consumer litigation, business litigation and personal injury litigation for clients throughout San Antonio and in the Houston and Austin metropolitan areas.

In 1996, Ms. Phipps graduated with a Bachelor of Science in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M University. From 1996 through 1998, she received the Rice Belt Warehouse Fellowship, and in 1999, she graduated again from Texas A&M University, this time with a Master of Science in agronomy. She earned her Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law in 2001 and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.

Ms. Phipps is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is thereby admitted to practice before all Texas state courts. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. In addition, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Phipps as a specialist in consumer and commercial law.

Keeping up to date with the latest developments in her fields of practice is important to Ms. Phipps, and she is an active participant in the American and San Antonio bar associations, the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. She is also a member of the Construction Law and Consumer and Commercial Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Consumer Law (70%)

General Litigation (20%)

Construction Litigation (10%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014

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About Melanie Sanders

Admitted: 2001, Texas

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Honors and Awards:

  • Order of Barristers, 2001

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified-Consumer & Commercial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2005
  • Texas, 2001
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Consumer & Commercial Law Section, Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Glufosinate Sensitivity Among Texas Red Rice (oryza sativa) Ecotypes (Co-Author, Hessler, M.D., J.M. Chandler, and G.N. McCauley), Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 51:36., 1998

Educational Background:

  • Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology & Management, 1996
  • Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, M.S., Agronomy - 1999, Honors: Recipient of Rice Belt Warehouse Fellowship, 1996-1998
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Office Location for Melanie Phipps Sanders

4103 Parkdale
San Antonio, TX 78229

Phone: 210-614-9444


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Last Updated: 1/23/2017

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