Frank T. Sabaitis
Frank T. Sabaitis graduated from Boston College, cum laude and from DePaul University School of Law. He became a member of the Illinois State Bar in 1980, the California State Bar in 1983, and the New York State Bar in 2004. Mr. Sabaitis practiced law in Chicago prior to joining the firm of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley in its San Francisco Office. In 1993, Mr. Sabaitis started and became the managing partner of the Ropers Los Angeles Office. During Mr. Sabaitis's tenure as managing partner, the office grew from three attorneys to thirty. In January 2012, Mr. Sabaitis started the Sabaitis Law Group which became Sabaitis Lunsford & Moore. Sabaitis Lunsford & Moore was dissolved in April 2017 when Frank T. Sabaitis opended the Law Offices of Frank T. Sabaitis.
Mr. Sabaitis litigates in several areas of the law with an emphasis in construction, products liability, landslide and flood liability, and injury and business litigation. Mr. Sabaitis has tried 20 Jury cases to verdict and has substantial trial experience (both Jury and Bench) in the Federal and State Courts in Northern and Southern California, as well as Nevada. He has tried in excess of 40 cases, and has arbitrated and / or mediated hundreds of cases to successful conclusions. Mr. Sabaitis has been hired as monitoring counsel for multiple complex trials by clients because of his insight and trial experience. Mr. Sabaitis was trial counsel and appellate counsel for VAS, S.p.A. in the latest summary risk-benefit design defect products liability case in California, Perez v. VAS, S.p.A., (2010). The case resulted in a defense verdict which was upheld by the Appellate Court in a published decision.
On February 20, 2014, Frank Sabaitis received a defense verdict after a month-long jury trial. The trial was conducted in Santa Barbara County Superior Court (Santa Maria division) on behalf of our client CalPortland Company. The case involved the owner/operator of a large paving company who was run-over and killed by an asphalt transfer truck on a highway paving jobsite. His son brought a wrongful death action alleging very substantial lost profits. The case involved issues of causation, direct liability and vicarious liability.
Prior to trial, plaintiff demanded $5,000,000.00 by way of two Code of Civil Procedure section 998 demands ($3,000,000.00 to our client and $2,000,000.00 to a co-defendant). Defendants offered $750,000.00 collectively. Later, during trial, defendants issued a high-low offer of $500,000.00-$2,000,000.00. This offer was rejected by plaintiff. During closing arguments, plaintiff black-boarded economic and non-economic damages of $10,000,000.00. The jury returned a defense verdict, finding that our client was neither directly negligent nor vicariously liable. On March 2, 2016, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the jury verdict in all respects, and awarded CalPortland its additional costs on appeal in a published decision.
Mr. Sabaitis is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Illinois, the State Bar of New York, the American Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has served as a judicial arbitrator on numerous occasions in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Mr. Sabaitis is an AV rated attorney, a member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and The Outstanding Lawyers of America. Mr. Sabaitis is an active member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). He has been named by Southern California Super Lawyers as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006, 2009 - 2016 and has been recognized by Pasadena Magazine as a "Top Attorney" for the past seven years.