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Attorney Profile for Zachary H. Sacks

Zachary H. Sacks 
Culver City, California
Managing Partner
phone 800-461-0268
800-461-9246
fax 310-216-9552
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After graduation from Yale University and Columbia Law School, and after a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corp, Zachary H. Sacks, the firm's managing partner, came to California in 1963. Since that time, he has been active in all phases of workers' compensation law. He has successfully represented clients from trial level all the way to the California Supreme Court. He has been instrumental in legislative activities concerning workers' compensation law and has testified in the State Capital before legislative sub-committees on workers' compensation issues on behalf of both clients of the firm, as well as organizations which he has headed in his long career in California.

He holds the distinction of being the only two-time elected President in the 30 plus year history of the Southern California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association and he was the first and founding President of the Statewide Attorneys Association called the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association in 1982 to 1983. He is only the 4th recipient in the 24 year history of the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association of the prestigious Warren L. Hanna Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred by his peers in May 2004.

He is a prolific author and sought after lecturer, having first lectured to new admitees to the California Bar on workers' compensation law in 1973. Since that time, he has been an annual featured speaker for multiple organizations and at multiple industry conventions throughout both the State of California, as well as across the country. He has been a featured speaker at the California Applicant Attorneys Association, the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, the California Manufacturers' Association, the California Self-Insurance Association, and a teacher and seminar instructor on various topics in workers' compensation law for the firm's highly acclaimed workers' compensation training seminars for attorneys and clients as well as functioning as a guest teacher of Workers Compensation law at UCLA Law School.

He has been the winning advocate for the firm's clients on several precedent-setting cases in both the California Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeal, which cases, to this date, are still cited by the Courts in California.

First acknowledged by Who's Who in American Law in 1975 and the Best Lawyers of America in 1979, he has been featured in Men of Achievement in 1981, and Who's Who in California, in 1986. He was among the first attorneys in the State of California to achieve status as a Certified Specialist in workers' compensation law from the State Bar of California, California Board of Legal Specialization starting in 1973 and continuing to this date.

As the senior and managing partner of the firm, his philosophy for the firm's clients is simple: "Anybody who comes to us for representation is going to get excellence. Excellence from the combined experience of all of our attorneys, excellence in their dealings with us and excellence in results."

Areas of Practice:
100% Workers' Compensation
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certification/Specialties:
Worker's Compensation Law, California Board of Legal Specialization, 1973


Bar Admissions:
California, 1963
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1963
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1963
Education:
Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1960
J.D.


Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1957
B.A.
Honors: Dean's List
Major:  American Studies


Published Works:
"Anti Stalking Bill and The Future of Surveillance", California Workers' Compensation Enquirer, Vol. 6 #10, May/June, 1999


"A Penalty Primer", California Workers' Compensation Enquirer, October, 1996


"Dismissal of Claim Forms", California Workers' Compensation Enquirer, Vol. 11 #10, April, 1994


Representative Cases:
General Insurance v. W.C.A.B., 128 CalRptr 417 (Cal.Supreme)
Georgia Pacific Corp. v. W.C.A.B., 102 CalRptr 643 (Cal.Cir. 1983)
Representative Clients:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Sizzler International
Various NFL and NBA Teams
Travel Centers of American
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
References:
Alliance Bank, Culver City
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Discovery in Workers' Compensation, University of California Law School, Los Angeles, 2003 - Present


Workers' Compensation Update, 2003, New Law Reforms., Council on Education in Management, March 4, 2003 - March 5, 2003


"The Treating Physician - An Attack Manual" and "A Penalty Primer", Sacks, Rivera & Zolonz, 1998 - Present


Keynote Speaker "Case Law Update", California Manufacturers Association, 1996


California Workers' Comp Update "Defending on Two Fronts: When Civil Litigation Intersects with a Workers' Comp Claim", Council on Education in Management, 1995


Multiple client seminars on Penalty and Treating Physician issues, 1998


Featured Speaker "Case Law Update", Workers' Compensation Defense Attorney's Association 17th Annual Convention, 1997


Panelist; "Cross-Examination of a Physician (Q.M.E/Treating)", California Applicants Attorneys Association Convention, 1997


Adjuster Seminar on new rules of practice and procedure, Sacks, Rivera & Zolonz, Multiple locations throughout Southern California


"The New Reform Bill", Workers' Compensation presentation, California Manufacturers Association, Burbank and Anaheim, 1993


Teaching Presentation to claims professionals throughout Southern California, Omnibus Worker's Compensation Reform Act, 1993


Human Resources Round Table participant on Workers' Compensation, Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Retreat, 1993


Presenter: Labor Code Section 402 and 4061 "Navigating QME System With Ease", 1992 - 1993


Featured Speaker "Case Law Update", California Manufacturer's Association Annual Fall Meeting, Monterey, 1992


New Fraud Legislation/Medical-Legal Fraud, Multiple Seminars, Southern California, 1992


Panel Moderator, "Fraud in the System", California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, 1991


Featured Speaker, "Case Law Update", California Manufacturer's Association Annual Fall Meeting, Monterey, 1990


Seminar "Administrative Penalties", 1990


Featured Speaker "Case Law Update", California Manufacturer's Association, Annual Fall Meeting, Monterey, 1989


Panel Speaker "Workers' Compensation - Behind the Scenes", Risk Insurance Management Society, 1989


Featured Speaker, San Diego Workers' Compensation Forum, 1988


Lecturer "California Workers' Compensation Law, Denny's Risk Managers, 1987


Featured Speaker "California Workers' Compensation Law", Pepsico/Frito Lay National Risk Management Seminar, Dallas, Texas, 1987


Panelist: All day lecture and trial demonstration on rehabilitation evidence presentation after the Gill case, California Applicant's Attorney Association, 1986


Featured Speaker, "Current Case Law", San Diego Workers' Compensation Forum, 1986


Featured Speaker "New Angst for the Defense", San Diego Workers' Compensation Forum, 1984


Featured Speaker "Case Law Update, 1984", California Self-Insurance Association Annual Seminar, 1984


Lecturer "1982 Case Law Update", California Self-Insurance Association Annual Seminar, 1983


Seminar "Serious and Willful and Employer Safeguards", Xerox Corporation, Western Division, 1983


Guest Speaker, New and Proposed Legislation in Workers' Compensation, 1982 VIP Annual Seminar, 1982


Instructor, Practice and Procedures to Supervisors, Adjusters and Managers, CDS of California, R. L. Kautz and Company and Allianz Insurance Company, 1982


Featured Speaker, "Bad Faith and Workers' Compensation", Annual CASO Convention, Monterey, California, 1981


Program Moderator, Annual Defense Attorneys' Convention, Lake Tahoe, California, 1981


Featured Speaker, Current Workers' Compensation Legislation, 1981 Valley Industrial People Annual Seminar, 1981


Speaker, Finance Insurance and Commerce re Workers' Compensation Reform (June), Senate Sub-Committee, 1980


Moderator, Annual Defense Attorneys' Association Seminar, Palm Springs, California, 1980


Coordinator and Moderator, Defense Panel on Workers' Compensation, State Bar Convention, 1979


Speaker, Practice and Procedures, Workers' Compensation Defense Forum, 1979


Chief Speaker, 1st Annual City Department Head Safety Workshop, City of Compton, 1979


Lecturer, Practice and Procedures, Workers' Compensation Forum, 1978


Program Chairman and Moderator "Current Problems in Workers' Compensation Practice", Century City Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 1977


Teacher, Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedures, 5 Hour insurance defense course, Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., California Casualty Indemnity Exchange, R.L. Kautz & Co., Bierly & Associates, 1977


Moderator, Panel on Statute of Limitations Problems in Workers' Compensation, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1976


Panelist, Workers' Compensation Symposium, Ventura County Bar Association, 1975


Lecturer to New Bar Admittees on Workers' Compensation, 1973


Honors and Awards:
Warren L. Hanna Lifetime Achievement Award as only the 4th recipient in the 24 year history of the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorney's Association, May 17, 2004 - Present


Who's Who in California, 1986


Men of Achievement, 8th Edition, 1981


The Best Lawyers of America, 1st Edition, 1979


Dictionary of International Biography, 1978


Professional Associations and Memberships:
California Bar Association
Member, Section of Workers' Compensation


Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member, Section of Workers' Compensation


California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, 1982 - 1983
Member


California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, 1982 - 1983
Founding President


California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, 1980 - 1982
President


California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Arbitration Panel
Arbitrator


Past Employment Positions:
Sacks, Riveras & Solomon, Managing Partner, 1985 - 1995


Law Offices of Zachary H. Sacks & Associations, Senior Attorney, 1975 - 1985


Private Practice, 1963 - 1978


United States Marine Corps.


Fraternities/Sororities:
Chi Phi