Robert N. Sacks - Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP

Robert N. Sacks

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

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 charity.  

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.

University of WisconsinBA 1981University of California at Los Angeles School of LawJ.D. 1986
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionState Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law SectionLos Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionBeverly Hills Bar Association, Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Section

Office Location

350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3500
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3475
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Los Angeles Metro Area
Robert N. Sacks has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Other Information

Gender: Male