John E. Sabo, Partner

Location: Belleville, Illinois
Phone: 618-239-0187
Fax: 618-416-7556
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About

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Practice Focus and Client Representations

John Sabo has a diverse commercial litigation practice. His technical background includes a unique combination of capabilities gained from litigating claims involving banking and financial services, contract disputes, consumer rights, commercial foreclosures, insurance coverage disputes, ERISA litigation, real estate disputes and transportation claims.

Mr. Sabo’s business litigation practice is focused primarily in Missouri and Southern Illinois, including St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois. He has represented clients in the Supreme Courts of Missouri and Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Benton and East St. Louis and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis. His practice also includes matters involving alternative dispute resolution, both mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Sabo has a substantial background and experience in the defense of business clients in class actions in both federal and state courts. He has served as both lead counsel and local counsel in class actions filed in plaintiff-friendly venues such as St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois.

Recent Decisions

Order granting motion to dismiss from U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois of a class action claim against a regional bank of a claim involving the bank’s interest accrual method for commercial loans.

Order granting motion to dismiss from U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois of a class action claim against a regional bank of a claim brought under state consumer laws regarding interest and fees charged on residential mortgages.

Order granting motion to dismiss from Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Illinois of class action claim against major casualty insurance company regarding its claims practices for replacement costs on homeowner’s insurance policies.

Order granting motion to dismiss from United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois of consumer class action claim brought against national bank regarding sub-prime residential mortgage practices.

Order granting motion to dismiss from the Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri of consumer class action claim against major casualty insurance company regarding its subrogation practices on automobile claims.

Order granting motion to dismiss in favor of national retail chain from the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois of consumer class action brought against all members of the mini-blind industry for the alleged hazards of mini-blinds.

Mr. Sabo has also been successful in obtaining settlements with named plaintiffs of putative class actions on favorable terms to his clients that saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

Professional Background

Mr. Sabo is a founding partner of Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP. Prior to coming with Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP, he was a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP for fifteen years. He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Personal Injury Defense Law; General, and Transportation Defense Law: including Aviation, FELA, Maritime, and has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability.

As a part of his practice, Mr. Sabo has received a number of legal appointments, including:

Special Assistant Attorney General – Appointed by the Illinois Attorney General to be part of a litigation team to defend the power and authority of the Governor to close certain state facilities.

Special Administrative Law Judge – Illinois Department of Public Health, 1999-2003 to preside over hearings brought under state and federal laws regarding nursing home licensing and charges of abuse and neglect of residents.

Special Assistant State’s Attorney – Appointed by the State’s Attorney for Madison County, Illinois to defend the County in civil matters.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation
Insurance Defense Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Consumer Litigation
Products Liability

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