Our Firm

After decades of representing businesses, insurance companies and local governments for a large firm, the lawyers of Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP started the firm with the mission of providing the same premium quality legal services of a large firm, but with the cost efficiency and responsiveness of a small firm. Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP's attorneys have a diverse range of legal experience and coordinate their more than 100 years of combined legal expertise in those areas to provide legal services addressing virtually every legal need of their business, insurance and local governmental clients. Our practice is divided into commercial litigation, general liability defense and commercial services.

We Are A Certified Minority-Owned Law Firm

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The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) provides a nationally-acclaimed minority ownership verification program to ensure that corporate America has a credible source for minority suppliers, consultants and contractors. NMSDC brings together the minority-owned businesses certified by its affiliates such as the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC) with its network of corporate members. Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP has been certified by the CMSDC as a minority-owned law firm. Clayborne, Sabo & Wagner LLP is one of the few such Illinois firms located outside of Chicago. Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP is proud to be a part of CMSDC and NMSDC.
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The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms and corporate partners throughout the United States. Many corporations and public entities interested in diversifying their outside law firm ranks have focused almost exclusively on the utilization of minority and female attorneys at majority firms. Yet the available data strongly suggests that these efforts have not resulted in greater diversity in the legal profession. It is NAMWOLF’s view that the most effective way for corporations to increase diversity in the legal profession is to increase their retention of minority and women-owned law firms. NAMWOLF’s Law Firm Membership is comprised of certified minority and women owed-law firms that have demonstrated high quality legal knowledge and skills who represent major corporate clients such as Fortune 500 companies. Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP is a member of NAMWOLF.

We Are Recognized For The High Quality Of Our Work

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The Leading Lawyers Network was started by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of the Chicago Law Bulletin, to help lawyers and legal consumers identify experienced, reputable lawyers in 84 different areas of law throughout the state of Illinois. Lawyers selected for the Network are those most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys who are then further reviewed by an Advisory Panel. Less than 5% of Illinois’ more than 65,000 attorneys are admitted to the Network. Each member of the Network must qualify annually. The following partners have been selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network in the areas listed:

James F. Clayborne, Jr.
Personal Injury Defense
Commercial Litigation
Governmental, Municipal Law

John E. Sabo
Personal Injury Defense
Transportation Defense Law

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In creating the class of Emerging Lawyers, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, through its Leading Lawyers division, asked its highly selective group of the state’s top attorneys to recommend the people who most likely will lead the profession in the coming years. The Emerging Lawyers designation is reserved for lawyers who have not surpassed age 40 or who have practiced law for no more than 10 years. Emerging Lawyers account for less than 2 percent of a state’s registered attorneys. The following partners have been selected for inclusion as an Emerging Lawyer:

Jennifer L. Barbieri
Workers' Compensation Law

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The Martindale-Hubble® peer review rating process has been in place for over one hundred years and is a reputable source for attorney reviews. The AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating granted to attorneys under the Martindale-Hubbell system. Partner Jennifer L. Barbieri has achieved an AV Preeminent Rating in Workers Compensation.