Lani Payne Sandu

Lani Payne Sandu, J.D., LL.M.

Senior Associate

Fort Worth Office
777 Main Street, Suite 550
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Legal Assistant

Kay Fields

Lani Payne Sandu, J.D., LL.M., completed her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and her J.D. cum laude from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a double major in Economics and International Business. Lani is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She previously worked as a Tax Associate at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Denver, Colorado, and KPMG, LLP in Dallas.

Education & Accreditations

  • Baylor University 
    Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and International Business, magna cum laude
    Top 5% of class in 3.5 years
    Delta Sigma Pi, Vice President of Chapter Operations
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law 
    J.D., cum laude
    International Law Review, Staff Editor, Article Editor, Case Note Editor
    Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, 3rd Best Brief Super-Regionally
    Int’l Law Review Case Comment Finalist: “The European Return Directive: An Inconspicuous Way to Weave Humanitarian Rights Violations Into Law”
  • Georgetown University Law Center 
    Master of Laws in Taxation
    The Tax Lawyer, Case Note Mentor
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law

Professional Memberships & Designations

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • Colorado Bar Association, Section of Taxation


  • Randy Price, Nadim Rahman, Bill Yohana & Lani Payne, Transfer Pricing and Intra-Group Financing, Int’l Law Rev. (July 09, 2012).

Community Service & Personal Interests

  • Fluent in Spanish and French; proficient in Italian
  • Interests include spending time with her husband and son, traveling, and cooking