Sacks, Robert N.
Address: 350 S. Grand Avenue Suite 3500, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Lawyer Firm: Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise
|Areas of Practice||Trust, Estate and Conservatorship Litigation, Mediation, Appeals|
Robert N. Sacks practices exclusively in the area of trust, estate and conservatorship litigation. With more than 30 years’ experience, Mr. Sacks handles cases across the full spectrum of trust, estate and conservatorship law, including prosecuting or defending traditional contests challenging the validity of a will or trust, breach of fiduciary duty claims involving trustees and other fiduciaries, and challenges to estate plans and other issues in conservatorship proceedings. He represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries, ranging from corporate trustees to charities and high-net-worth individuals, in such matters through trial and appeal. Mr. Sacks also serves as a mediator in such disputes.
Mr. Sacks’ recent representative trial matters include successfully defending a family trust against claims that a family member had pledged $18 million to a charity shortly before his death; successfully representing a trustee in a complex dispute involving claims of interpretation, execution, powers to amend or revoke, and breach of fiduciary duty; and successfully representing a charitable foundation as beneficiary against proposed amendments to the trust that would have negatively impacted the charity.
He has been a Member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section for more than two decades, and holds multiple positions as a Member of the Section’s governing Council, on which he serves as the Supervisory Council Member for the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of Committees, and as Section Liaison to the National College of Probate Judges.
Mr. Sacks was ranked by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide in the Private Wealth Disputes category for 2018. He is also named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America and is recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2014 and 2018 Los Angeles Litigation – Trust & Estates "Lawyer of the Year," awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location. Additionally, he has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers every year since the honor’s inception in 2004.
He is frequently called upon to speak to various organizations, including the National College of Probate Judges, the ABA, the University of Miami’s Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Stanford University, USC Law School’s Annual Trust and Estate Conference and more. In addition, he has authored articles that have been published in Private Wealth, The Journal of Gift Planning, and Estate Planning magazines.
Mr. Sacks earned his J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with distinction. Prior to his work with Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise, he was a Founding Partner of Ross, Sacks & Glazier, LLP and a Litigation Associate at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. He is conversant in Spanish.
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