Sacks Tierney P.A.

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A Tradition of Achievement

Sacks Tierney: 50 Years of Service to Our Clients and Community

One of Arizona’s oldest law firms, Sacks Tierney has distinguished itself, since its founding in 1960, through cause-related volunteerism and legal involvement in local and national issues; offering litigation services and experience competitive with much larger firms; and pioneering expertise in legal areas of special value to Arizona clients.

In 1960, Seymour Sacks, a young Brooklyn-born, Harvard-educated lawyer, left his position with the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue a future in private practice. Like ambitious people before and since, he headed west, to Phoenix. His previous exposure to Arizona had consisted of trying a case in Federal Court in Prescott.®

Shortly after arriving in Phoenix, Sy was one of several attorneys whom the Arizona Attorney General’s Office hired to help investigate some of the state’s savings and loan institutions. During his brief time there, Sy befriended one of his fellow attorneys, and the two of them went into private practice together. Their new law firm opened its doors in November 1960 in the Luhrs Tower in downtown Phoenix, and they began providing legal services at an hourly rate of $25.

Sy Sacks, David Tierney and Mike Rooney

 

This early photo of the firm's attorneys and staff includes (highlighted, left to right) Seymour Sacks, David Tierney and Mike Rooney

 

In 1966, in the lounge of a Philadelphia hotel, a chance meeting occurred between one of Sy’s colleagues and another young Harvard law graduate, David Tierney, who was clerking for a Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice. The meeting led to a visit to Phoenix and an offer to join Sy and his fellow attorneys; however, David declined the opportunity and instead joined the Peace Corps, serving as an assistant to a city manager in Venezuela.

David returned to the U.S. in 1969 and, finding the job offer still open, moved to Phoenix and became the third associate in what was then a six-attorney law firm. He started practicing as a criminal defense attorney before transitioning to commercial litigation, construction law, arbitration and mediation.

By 1965, the firm had moved to the 15th floor of the Arizona Title Building at 111 West Monroe and was practicing in the areas of condemnation law, business law, civil litigation and criminal defense. Although there were only six attorneys, the firm recruited nationally at top law schools such as Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan, Chicago, Columbia and Georgetown. The firm’s small size also did not deter it from taking on legal Goliaths; at one notable point during its early years, Sy Sacks and his small band of colleagues simultaneously took on two corporate giants in complex, class-action litigation.

The firm doubled in size during the 1970s. Among its recruits during that decade were current partners Steve Benson, Mike Rooney and Rob Kimball.

In Memoriam

 
Seymour Sacks   Marvin Cohen

Seymour Sacks
1932-2011

 

Marvin Cohen
1932-2009

 

In 1979, the growing 12-lawyer firm made its second relocation in 19 years, moving to 3300 North Central Avenue. As the firm grew to its current size of approximately 30 attorneys, two more moves occurred: in 1990 to the Phoenix Plaza at 2929 North Central Avenue, and in 1999 to its present location at 4250 North Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.

Seymour Sacks, who passed away in 2011, was one of a small group of lawyers nationwide listed by The Best Lawyers in America® in each of the first 25 years of the publication’s existence.

Sacks Tierney Today

Since its founding, Sacks Tierney has distinguished itself through a tradition of cause-related volunteerism and legal involvement in local and national issues; the advancement to the bench by some of its members, including the late Carl Muecke and Robert Corcoran; litigation services and experience competitive with much larger firms; and expertise in legal areas of special value in Arizona, including construction law, healthcare law, Indian law and water law.

As a result of purposeful recruiting and professional development, Sacks Tierney has positioned itself to appeal to individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate decision-makers who value excellence in legal skill and responsiveness and who respect Sacks Tierney’s firm-wide values of:

  • effectiveness and unyielding professionalism in addressing clients' challenges and goals;

  • honesty, integrity and trust;

  • respect for the individual;

  • creativity and innovation;

  • performance that exceeds expectations; and

  • a refusal to sacrifice quality for financial gain.

The vision that led to the firm’s founding in 1960 has produced a widely respected law firm where discerning corporate decision-makers, closely held business owners, government leaders and high net worth individuals enjoy personal attention and tailored, innovative legal solutions.

Sacks Tierney is also a place where talented Arizona attorneys, supported by a high level of quality in administration and infrastruc­ture, are free to pursue the highest levels of professional achievement and community involvement. Variety and diversity with respect to age, experience, geographic origin, faith and gender have for many years been a Sacks Tierney hallmark.

Diversity at Sacks Tierney is not a function of quotas or formulas. Rather, the firm’s welcome mix of people is a natural outgrowth of its long-standing values, culture and qualities that consistently attract a diverse group of attorneys and staff.

More than 50 years after the firm's founding, its attorneys and staff remain mindful of, and committed to, its role as a solid member of Arizona's legal profession and its half-century legacy of purposeful service to clients and the Arizona community.

 

Peer Recognition

Certified Specialists

Stephen Aron Benson, Real Estate Law*

Dean M. Dinner, Bankruptcy*

Phoebe Moffatt, Estate and Trust Law*

Randy Nussbaum, Bankruptcy* and Business Bankruptcy**

*Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

**American Board of Certification

 

American College of Trust
and Estate Counsel

Phoebe Moffatt

 

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2017

Steven R. Beeghley

Stephen Aron Benson

Dean M. Dinner

Judith M. Dworkin

Gregory P. Gillis

Steven M. Goldstein

Robert G. Kimball

Jeffrey S. Leonard

Phoebe Moffatt

Randy Nussbaum

Wesley D. Ray

Michael R. Rooney

Sharon B. Shively

David C. Tierney

 

Lawyer of the Year (Phoenix),
The Best Lawyers in America

David C. Tierney (Construction Litigation, 2014, Phoenix) Construction Law, 2017, Scottsdale)

Sharon B. Shively (Construction Law, 2017, Scottsdale)

 

Super Lawyers, 2017

Dean M. Dinner

Judith M. Dworkin

Gregory P. Gillis

André H. Merrett

Phoebe Moffatt

Randy Nussbaum

Sharon B. Shively

David C. Tierney

Ellen K. Aiken, Rising Stars

Bryan J. Gottfredson, Rising Stars

Wesley D. Ray, Rising Stars

Scott R. Weiner, Rising Stars

 

AV Preeminent®,
Martindale-Hubbell™

Steven R. Beeghley

Stephen Aron Benson

Dean M. Dinner

Brian E. Ditsch

Paul F. Dowdell

Judith M. Dworkin

Gregory P. Gillis

Steven M. Goldstein

Gaye L. Gould

Janet E. Jackim

Robert G. Kimball

Stephen A. Lenn

Jeffrey S. Leonard

André H. Merrett

Phoebe Moffatt

Randy Nussbaum

Michael R. Rooney

Sharon B. Shively

David C. Tierney

 

Fellowships

Judith M. Dworkin
American Bar Foundation

Patty A. Ferguson-Bohnee
American Bar Foundation

Michael R. Rooney
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education

David C. Tierney
American Bar Foundation

 

Ranking Arizona 2017:
#1 Rankings

Law Firms, 21-49 Attorneys

Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

Ranking Arizona 2017:
Top 10 Rankings

Banking Law

Bankruptcy & Reorganization

Business & Corporate Law

Creditors' Rights and Collections

Estates & Trusts

Intellectual Property Law

Real Estate Law