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Karen Speiser Sanner, J.D.


Courses Taught

Legal Research & Writing I and II, Electronic Discovery, Evidence & Advocacy, Moot Court I, Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Drafting, Insurance Law in Litigation Practice, Trial Advocacy


B.S./B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1994

Karen Speiser Sanner is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law where she was the lead articles editor of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. While in law school, Sanner completed internships with Judge John C. Holstein of the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office under former Attorney General and current Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Electronic Discovery/Legal Technology
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Trial Practice
  • Workers Compensation Law

Community Work and Service

Following her graduation in 1994, Sanner worked as an assistant attorney general for the State of Missouri representing the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Second Injury Fund, and the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. In 1997, she joined Brinker & Doyen, L.L.P. in St. Louis where she practiced civil litigation and workers’ compensation defense. Her practice included representing insurers, third party administrators, and health care providers in Missouri state, federal, and administrative courts as well as the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Since joining SLU Law in 2010, Professor Sanner's teaching focuses on legal skills courses including legal research and writing, trial practice, and appellate practice.  She also focuses on the intersection between litigation practice and advancing legal technologies.