Managing Partner and Head of the Cannabis and Hemp Department
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Sacks received his Bachelor of
Arts degree from Grinnell College (1981) and his Juris Doctor degree from
Dickinson School of Law (1984).
He is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts, as well as
the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and
the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits. Additionally,
he is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Four
of his cases have gone before the Supreme Court to date (including
Grefer v. Alpha Tech., 901 So. 2d 1117 (La.App. 4 Cir. 2005),
writ den. 925 So.2d 1248 (La. 2006),
vacated and remanded 549 U.S. 1249 (2007),
aff’d on remand 965 So.2d 511 (La.App.4 Cir. 2007),
writ den. 967 So.2d 523 (La. 2007),
cert. den. 553 U.S. 1014 (2008)).
Mr. Sacks began his legal career practicing personal injury law in Philadelphia.
Soon he was also administrating several legal service plans for large
labor unions (including Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police), servicing
a collective membership of more than 50,000 members and their families.
In 1994, Mr. Sacks purchased his employer’s assets and launched the
present firm. The firm continued to handle personal injury, medical malpractice,
and maritime matters. In addition, significant efforts were now devoted
to representing plaintiffs in toxic tort and
environmental contamination litigation. The direction of the practice changed immediately, as it diversified
in order to represent a broader client base.
A satellite firm was formed in New Orleans, closer to the clients whose
land had been contaminated. The firm rapidly pioneered N.O.R.M. litigation,
eventually resulting in the largest, single-landowner verdict in the nation’s
history. We are still one of the country’s leading plaintiffs’
law firms in N.O.R.M. litigation, as well as in other environmental and
toxic tort matters.
Within the framework of the new partnership of Sacks Weston Diamond LLC,
Mr. Sacks maintains his dual interests in general practice law and environmental
law, with special focus on pursuing litigation against any company or
industry that damages the environment or injures property or individuals.
He is justifiably proud that he is one of the few U.S. attorneys who has
handled two cases in excess of $1 billion, including a landmark 2001 $1.06
billion verdict against ExxonMobil (see
here), and has settled over a dozen cases each for millions of dollars. On
account of these achievements, Mr. Sacks was admitted to membership in the
Billion Dollar Lawyers Association as the organization's first member.
In addition to pursuing his law-related interests, Mr. Sacks is a member
of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter of the
Lupus Foundation of America. In 2015, he was selected by the
American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) as the only lawyer to serve on their State Level Coalition.