P. Alan Sanders -- Of Counsel

Overview And Experience


  • General Civil (transactional and litigation) (excluding family and criminal)
  • Business Law, including formation and purchase and sale of business
  • Estate Planning, including Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Probate, including estates with a Will and those with no Will
  • Real Estate, including sale, purchase or lease of vacant or improved property
  • Local Government, including entities such as Ports and Water Districts
  • Business Disputes and Litigation
  • Appeals


  • State of Louisiana
  • State of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Louisiana


  • Texas Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Jefferson County (Texas) Bar Association
  • Galveston County (Texas) Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • College of the State Bar (Texas) (Life Fellow)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)

Legal Excellence, Personalized Service

Alan brings decades of experience in civil, business, and real estate law. His government clients include the Port of Orange, Calhoun Port Authority, and the City of Pasadena. His services also include estate planning, probate. and appeals.

In addition to his law practice, Alan is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches the trusts and wills course.

Alan and wife Myra, both natives of Southeast Texas, have three children and eight grandchildren.


  • B.A., Louisiana State University, 1979

Honors: cum laude (University Academic Honors recognition)

Honors: College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (Liberal Arts Honor Society)

Honors: Phi Kappa Phi (All-Colleges Honor Society)

Honors: Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society)

Honors: Dean’s List

Honors:  Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

  • J.D., Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1982

Honors: Highest ranking graduate

Honors: Phi Delta Phi (Law School Academic Honor Society) (Region 6 Graduate of Year)
Law Review: Louisiana Law Review, Executive Editor and Member

Research Assistant for Chancellor William D. Hawkland, for UCC Treatise

Phone Number/Email:

(409) 763-2481 ext. 127; pasanders@mapalaw.com

Megan Aguirre -- Legal Secretary

mjaguirre@mapalaw.com; (409) 763-2481 ext. 128


  • Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers, Inc., Former President
  • Life Resource MHMR Center of Southeast Texas, Former Trustee
  • Leadership of Southeast Texas, Former President
  • Partnership of Southeast Texas Regional Economic Development, Former Chairman
  • Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Chairman
  • Orange County Chapter of American Red Cross, Former Director
  • Orange Rotary Club, Former President and Assistant District Governor
  • Galveston Island Rotary Club, Current Member
  • 1997 Citizen of the Year Award, Greater Orange Area (Texas) Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Orange (Texas) Municipal Court (approx. 13 years), Former Alternate Judge


  • Trust and Wills, Adjunct Law Professor, Spring Semesters 2019, 2020, 2022 & 2023, University of Houston Law Center
  • Discharge of Federal Tax Liens in Executory Proceedings, 41 La. L. Rev. 755 (1981)
  • “At Will” Franchise Terminations and the Abuse of Rights Doctrine, 42 La. L. Rev. 210 (1981)
  • United States v. Bean: Shoveling After the Elephant?, 35 St. Mary’s L.J. 555 (2004)