Phillip N. Sanov, Esq.

Phillip N. Sanov, Esq.

A trial lawyer for over 25 years, Phillip N. Sanov has worked in all areas of civil litigation. Phillip’s primary focus remains with Merlin Law Group’s renewed emphasis on taking cases to a jury trial. Phillip believes policyholders benefit from Merlin Law Group’s pledge to provide policyholders the resources, fortitude, and skillset to go all the way to verdict when necessary. Phillip’s role as lead trial lawyer in recent cases – including a multi-million dollar jury verdict – confirms Merlin Law Group’s success with their commitment.

Phillip remains passionate about providing efficient and effective advocacy to insurance policyholders and claimants that have been wrongfully denied and/or underpaid for their loss. Phillip and his team have extensive experience representing policyholder clients focused on all facets of insurance law, including claim presentation, business income loss claims, coverage disputes, bad faith failure to pay issues, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and first party insurance litigation.

Phillip carries an AV Preeminent peer rating in Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as “Top Rated” in Texas Legal Leaders. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and Houston Bar Association. A frequent speaker on trial tactics and effective communication skills, Phillip serves on the advisory board for the 360 Advocacy Group, an industry organization that supports the plaintiff bar with information and trial tactics that help plaintiff lawyers counter changing jury perceptions and insurance industry defense tactics. Actively involved as an athlete and volunteer for triathlons and running events, Phillip, and his wife, Tiffany, live in Houston.


University of Texas School of Law
Austin, Texas

Juris Doctor

Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana

Bachelor of Science, Economics
summa cum laude
Alumni Scholar

  • Classes/Seminars Taught

    Damages: Start Small, Go Big (Seminar, “Damages: Go Big or Go Home”)- Las Vegas, October 2014

    What the Hail is Going On, 2015 WIND Conference

    Powerful Demonstrative Evidence: What Really Works (… And, The Not So Much!)
    , Trial Skills Winter Retreat, 360 Advocacy Group

    Start Small, Go Big!, 360 Advocacy Group, 2015 Damages Seminar

    Trial Tactics: Witness Preparation

    Trial Tactics: Jury Selection

    Trial Tactics: Communicating With The Modern Jury

    Bad Faith Litigation: State By State Survey

  • Honors & Awards

    AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rankings

    Advisory Board, 360 Advocacy Group

    AV Preeminent Peer Rating

    Top Rated, Texas Legal Leaders

    College of the State Bar of Texas

    Summa Cum Laude

    Dean’s Council

    Judicial Board

    Honor Court

  • Professional Associations & Memberships

    State Bar of Texas

    College of the State Bar of Texas

    Houston Bar Association

    Texas Trial Lawyers Association

    American Association of Justice

    360 Advocacy Group, Advisory Board