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  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale B.A. Cinema and Photography 1981
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement 1981
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Juris Doctor 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Practice Areas


Decatur, IL


Photography and railroad history

About John
John E. Sanner is a partner in Samuels Miller and has been with the firm since 1984. John advises business entities and business owners regarding the organization and maintenance of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies; the merger of business entities; the sale or purchase of businesses; commercial financing transactions; commercial contracts; and commercial real estate matters. John also assists banks and charitable organizations with regulatory matters unique to their organization and operation.

John is a native of Decatur. He graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Photography (University Honors) and an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement. John received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University in 1984 (summa cum laude). John is licensed to practice in Illinois.

John is member of the board of directors of the Illinois Traction Society, a not for profit railroad historical society. His interests include photography and railroad history.  John and his wife, Diane Toben Sanner, have two sons, James and Thomas.