D. John Sauer Biography

D. John Sauer

D. John Sauer

Partner, Clark & Sauer, LLC
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D. John Sauer is an experienced trial attorney and an accomplished appellate advocate. As a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Sauer first-chaired several federal jury trials, achieving a favorable verdict every time, and he successfully briefed and argued numerous appeals in federal appellate court. Mr. Sauer has represented clients in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Mr. Sauer has practiced in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, several other federal district and appellate courts, and state courts of last resort. His experience includes complex commercial disputes, class actions, regulatory challenges, First Amendment claims, constitutional issues, complex fraud and white-collar cases, public corruption, racketeering, domestic terrorism, gender-motivated crimes, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.

Mr. Sauer is a Rhodes Scholar and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and to Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Sauer received the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award in 2013. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in appellate practice by young lawyer members of the bar. Mr. Sauer has been lead counsel in 19 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth circuit. He has presented oral arguments in 12 cases and won a favorable resolution in 18 of 19 cases. Many of his appeals focused on complex questions of federal statutory and constitutional interpretation.

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