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Brian J. Sabin

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“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Areas of Concentration

  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Law
  • Business Succession Planning & Separation
  • Contracts & Commercial Transactions
  • Employment & Non-Compete Agreements
  • Entity Formation (e.g. corporation, limited liability company, and partnership)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Outside Counsel for Businesses & Non-Profits
  • Real Estate Transactions and Dispute Resolution
  • Short-Term Property Rentals

Experience at Work

Brian counsels businesses on all types of legal matters, throughout all stages of their lifecycle, from entity formation and startup, to maturity and disposition. He has played a leading role navigating clients through complex, high-stakes business divorces. He has also advises employees and businesses with respect to non-compete agreements throughout the United States. In addition to representing for-profit businesses, Brian advises prominent non-profit organizations throughout the St. Louis region.

As a real estate attorney, Brian represents landlords, tenants, property owners, developers and investors, in real estate transactions and disputes. He is a frequent commentator on developments in the short-term property rental industry and often represents landlords seeking to comply with the ambiguous laws governing the industry. In his banking and finance practice, Brian represents borrowers and lenders, and has led several $100+ million loan transactions.

In the Community

As a native St. Louisan, Brian is committed to the betterment of the St. Louis region. Brian is a graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders Program, and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

He frequently provides pro bono legal services for clients referred by St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, which is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the St. Louis area by providing low-income artists and emerging arts organizations with free legal and accounting assistance. 

Brian also volunteers at a pro bono legal clinic organized by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and hosted by Grace Hill Settlement House. This bimonthly clinic, part of LSEM’s Community Economic Development Program, provides low income entrepreneurs and non-profits with legal assistance for their organizations.

Brian is currently a trustee of the Ladue Estates Subdivision, known for its architecture, that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law and Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law Sections
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Landmarks Association of St. Louis
  • Urban Land Institute
    • Past Chair, Mentorship Committee for Young Leaders Group

Awards & Designations

  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
    • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List, Rising Star, 2017
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Academic Excellence Award in Legal Research and Writing 
  • FOCUS St. Louis, Emerging Leaders Program (Fall 2015)
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development (2017)

Significant Representations

  • Represented group of residential real estate investors with respect to property acquisition and business formation.
  • Represented property owner seeking compliance with applicable laws to rent property on AirBnb.
  • Represented personal care manufacturer in ongoing corporate matters and director/shareholder disputes.
  • Negotiated and drafted consulting agreements for pharmaceutical sales consulting company.
  • Drafted independent contractor and non-competition agreements for health care provider to use with its physicians.
  • Represented boutique hotel with respect to drafting employment agreement for key executive and hotel management agreement.
  • Represented individuals and businesses with respect to choice of entity selection, and formation of corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and joint ventures.
  • Represented government contractor with respect to negotiation and drafting of joint venture agreement to achieve minority owned business certification.
  • Represented prominent shareholder of national real estate development company with respect to buy-sell transactions and ongoing shareholder disputes.
  • Represented marketing services firm to document future planned ownership transitions.
  • Drafted purchase and sale agreement for owners of information technology consulting firm to avoid corporate deadlock.
  • Represented prominent member of private equity firm in engagement in buy-sell transaction and separating business interests.
  • Negotiated master lease agreement and drafted sublease and property management agreements for sub-landlord located in commercial office building.
  • Represented national manufacturer and distributor of packaging products in lease transactions and real estate disputes.
  • Represented national real estate developer in the acquisition and sale of retail shopping centers.
  • Drafted promissory note, personal guaranty, pledge agreement and related loan documentation for an inter-company loan.
  • Negotiated the refinancing of a $100+ million loan for a 400-acre retail shopping center development.
  • Drafted legal opinion for media conglomerate regarding the refinancing of a $100+ million credit facility.
  • Represented privately held commercial real estate investment company throughout the bankruptcy proceedings of its tenant.
  • Represented lenders in residential and commercial foreclosure proceedings.

Publications

  • “Important Considerations for Short-Term Property Rental Hosts in Missouri” St. Louis Lawyer, September 2016

Presentations

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law (2009)
  • B.S., Industrial Management, Purdue University (2005)
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