John is a senior counsel member of Sandberg Phoenix. He concentrates his practice in business litigation.
Garth v. Atlantic Express. Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. We received a defense verdict after four and one-half hours of deliberation. A 14-year old girl was sexually assaulted while riding the school bus home one afternoon. The two assailants were expelled and criminally convicted. Plaintiff claimed the bus company failed to train the driver to prevent this situation and claimed the bus driver negligently failed to intervene in the ongoing assault.
Hoover v. Brundage Bone Concrete Pumping Co. Circuit Court of Greene County, Missouri. Admitted liability for death of 37-year old mother of three after defendant's truck crossed center line into path of mother's vehicle. Verdict for children for $1,000,000. Lowest demand - $3,000,000.
Massachusetts Mutual v. Vossmeyer, et al. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The verdict was for our client. John won the suit over a $500,000 life insurance policy on the basis of forgery, undue influence and incompetence.
Newbound v. Kitchens. Circuit Court of the County of St. Louis. Wrongful death of woman patient in ER unit. Our client was the treating neurosurgeon. $3,000,000 demand. Verdict for our client.
Roseman v. Roto-Die. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Lost minority shareholder action against company about redemption agreement. The decision is on appeal.
Countrywide v. SIAI. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The verdict was for the client on suit over unpaid accounts.
Camelot Services, Inc. v. James Cutler, Brad Bishop, et al. United States District Court. The verdict was for clients in suit for $7 million damages over failed acquisition.
National Liberty v. Walmart. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. John defended the claim of breach of contract and recovered over $200,000 in premiums and attorneys fees.
Monsanto v. Koch Industries. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. John won $7.2 million verdict regarding failure of distillation tower.
Mickey v. Wiltel. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. John won suit over disputed commissions.
8182 Maryland Avenue Associates v. Lurie. Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri. John won $3.5 million against former tenant.
Thornton v. Gray Automotive. Jackson County, Missouri. Plaintiff was severely injured when a truck jack lifting about 6 tons slipped out from under a truck and hit him in the face causing extensive damages and the loss of an eye. The jury gave the plaintiff $450,000 but found him 95% at fault. Affirmed on appeal.
American Bar Association, Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Lawyers-Pilot Bar Association
Mound City Bar Association
Sandberg Phoenix Diversity Committee, Co-chair
John was recently appointed to editor of the Civil Practice and Procedure section on the courts bulletin for the Eastern District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, cum laude
• Awarded the Order of the Coif and was Managing Editor, Missouri Law Review, 1971-1972
B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, with honors
He is also admitted in all federal courts in Illinois and Missouri.
John has successfully litigated cases in many jurisdictions, including Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas.
Co-Presenter, “Letting Your Witness Shine: The Art of Direct Examination (Part III),” Sandberg Phoenix Professional Development Series
John has spoken on trial and ethics topics for the Missouri Bar, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, National Practice Institute, Lorman Education and the Network of Trial Law Firms.
Articles published by John Sandberg include: Chapter 27 of Volume 1 in State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, 2006; "Loss of Profit Damages," Damages Deskbook, Second Edition 2001, Missouri Bar Association; and the Missouri law chapter in Architects, Engineers & Builders Liability, published by Aspen Press.