Robert N. Sacks, Partner at Sacks
Glazier Franklin & Lodise, practices exclusively in the area of trust,
estate and conservatorship litigation. With more than 25 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.
He is named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America and is recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2014 Los Angeles Litigation – Trust & Estates, “Lawyer of the Year”.
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
Mr. Sacks is active in numerous professional
organizations, including being a Fellow of the American College of Trust and
Estate Counsel (ACTEC) for more than a decade, where he also serves as a Member
of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee and of the Will and Trust Contests
Subcommittee. 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 he holds
multiple positions as member of the Section’s governing Council, Vice Chair of
the Corporate Sponsorship Committee, and Section Liaison to the National
College of Probate Judges.
Mr. Sacks 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.