04.07.2010 'Fourth Most Influential Lobbyist in North Carolina' Joins Williams Mullen’s Government Relations Practice RALEIGH, N.C. – Williams Mullen announces that the Hon. Alexander “Sandy” P. Sands has joined the firm’s Raleigh office as a partner in the Government Relations practice. Mr. Sands was voted to the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research list of “The 50 Most Influential Lobbyists” and for the past ten years has been ranked in the top ten and is currently ranked fourth. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America listing since 2007 in Government Relations.

“Sandy is one of the most well respected political figures in North Carolina,” said Thomas R. Frantz, President and CEO of the firm. “His accomplishments in the North Carolina Senate continue to be recognized. Sandy is an amazing addition to our North Carolina Government Relations practice and we look forward to working with him.”    

Mr. Sands was first elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1986 where he served with distinction through 1994, rising to the position of Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. In 1994 Senator Sands was rated as the fourth most effective member of the North Carolina Senate. During his tenure, he developed an excellent working relationship with the other members of the North Carolina General Assembly, where he was highly respected by his colleagues. He served on many legislative committees, including both Appropriations and Finance. He also chaired the Committees on Local Government and Regional Affairs and Judiciary. He was appointed as an initial member of the North Carolina Health Care Commission, where he served through December 1994.

Mr. Sands received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He received his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina where he served on the Board of Editors of the North Carolina Law Review.