Clayton Kuhn, Shareholder

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Biography

Clayton Kuhn joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in November of 2007 as an associate after spending several years as an associate with another large Missouri law firm. As a Shareholder in the Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups, Clayton focuses his practice on banking and mortgage servicing litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, shareholder disputes, and trust and estate litigation matters. Utilizing his banking and transactional background and substantive business law knowledge, Clayton is experienced in litigation matters including lender liability claims; compliance with federal laws and regulations, such as Regulation B, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, RESPA, Truth in Lending, and HAMP; breach of fiduciary duty claims; contract disputes; ownership disputes between partners, shareholders, or members of closely held businesses; and Will and Trust contest actions, including claims of undue influence and lack of capacity. He has successfully represented beneficiaries and trustees in the termination or modification of numerous irrevocable trusts, defended trustees from claims by beneficiaries, and successfully tried a week-long trust contest for his clients. Clayton is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy trial academy.

“Sandberg Phoenix presented an excellent opportunity for me to pursue my interest in banking law and fiduciary litigation while providing a strong support network and collaborative environment with highly skilled attorneys,” Clayton says.

When working with clients, Clayton is easygoing and collaborates with clients to establish clear goals and practical solutions for each situation. “Helping my clients achieve their objectives and managing future risk is the most rewarding part of my job,” says Clayton.

At Sandberg Phoenix, Clayton chairs the firm’s Associate Development Committee and Mentoring Program, serves on the Recruiting Committee, and is a member and Past Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Sandberg Phoenix Charitable Efforts Foundation. He also is a co-Chairperson of the Bankruptcy and Judicial Estoppel team and Chairperson of the Fiduciary Litigation team.

Outside the office, Clayton enjoys golfing, traveling, and listening to music, particularly country, folk and blues. He is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and of attending trivia nights to support local charities.

Background

Receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Banking and Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia, Clayton graduated magna cum laude in 2000. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in 2003 and received the Honor’s Scholar award for the 2002-2003 academic year.

An active community member, Clayton belongs to the Benevolent Order of the Elks Lodge 1559 and is a booster of the American Legion. He has also served as a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis Allocations Committee for Youth Development and served on various committees in his church.

In the St. Louis legal community, Clayton is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, where he participates in the Trust and Probate section. He is also a member of Geneva Group International, an international alliance of accounting, consulting, and law firms focused on providing clients with specialized business solutions and knowledge throughout the world. Clayton has presented on leadership and partnership issues at two Developing Leaders and Best Practices Conferences and has travelled across the country and to Canada, Mexico, Europe, and South Africa to participate in conferences and network with leading lawyers, accountants, consultants and investment bankers from all over the world.

Clayton is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri and Illinois and before the U. S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of Illinois. He has also handled bankruptcy related litigation issues across the country, including serving as special counsel to argue motions in state and federal courts in Washington, Nevada, New Jersey, Virginia, and Alabama.

Successes

Publications

“CFPB Loss Mitigation and Mortgage Servicing Regulations,” Missouri Independent Bankers Association, April 2014

“Complying with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA),” Missouri Independent Bankers Association, August 2013

“Regulation B Risks and Litigation: A Reminder About Spousal Guaranties,” Missouri Independent Bankers Association, August 2012

“365/360 Interest Rate Calculation Method Litigation,” Missouri Independent Bankers Association, August 2011

“Regulatory Changes Affecting Overdrafts,” Missouri Independent Bankers Association, April 2010

“New Truth in Lending Requirements,” Missouri Independent Bankers Association, May 2009

Presentations

“Hidden Gems in Trust Documents which Help in Trust Litigation,” 2017 Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Fiduciary Litigation Seminar

“Knowing Your Role: Partnership Opportunities and Liabilities,” Geneva Group International Conference, Montreal, Canada

“Developing Leadership Roles,” Geneva Group International Conference

“Life of Your Practice” presentation to physicians

“Problem Loan Seminar” presentation to local bankers

BIOGRAPHY

Clayton Kuhn joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in November of 2007 as an associate after spending several years as an associate with another large Missouri law firm. As a member of the Business and Business Litigation Practice Groups, Clayton focuses his practice on banking law, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, mortgage servicing litigation, regulatory violations, shareholder disputes, fiduciary litigation, and trust and estate litigation matters.

Utilizing his banking and transactional background and substantive business law knowledge, Clayton is experienced in litigation matters including lender liability claims; compliance with federal laws and regulations, such as Regulation B, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, RESPA, Truth in Lending, and HAMP; breach of fiduciary duty claims; contract disputes; ownership disputes between partners, shareholders, or members of closely held businesses; and Will and Trust contest actions, including claims of undue influence and lack of capacity.

“Sandberg Phoenix presented an excellent opportunity for me to pursue my interest in banking law and fiduciary litigation while providing a strong support network and the freedom to take on new challenges and really hone my legal skills,” Clayton says.

When working with clients, Clayton is easygoing and collaborates with clients to establish clear goals and expectations for each situation. “Helping my clients achieve their objectives and managing future risk is the most rewarding part of my job,” says Clayton.

At Sandberg Phoenix, Clayton is a member of the Bankruptcy and Judicial Estoppel, Fiduciary Litigation and Class Action teams and serves as a mentor for the Summer Associates Program and Coordinator for Associate Assignments. He is also a member and Past Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Sandberg Phoenix Charitable Efforts Foundation.

Outside the office, Clayton enjoys golfing, traveling to warm destinations and listening to music, particularly country, folk and blues. He is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams and of attending trivia nights to support local charities.

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