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Updated 2/6/2014
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4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Fourth Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 -3693

Phone: (480) 425-2600
Fax: (480) 970-4610

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Law Firm Overview

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.

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 W. 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 1979, the growing 12-lawyer firm made its second relocation in 19 years, moving to the new United Bank building at 3300 N. Central Ave. As the firm grew to its current size of approximately 30 attorneys, two more moves occurred: in 1990 to the Phoenix Plaza at 2929 N. Central Ave., and in 1999 to its present location at 4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd. in Scottsdale.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Automotive Law
  • Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Indian Law and Tribal Relations
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Private Post-Secondary School Law
  • Public Utilities Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Water, Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Banking Law
  • Beneficiary Representation
  • Commercial and Public Finance
  • Equity and Debt Finance
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Homeowner Association Law
  • Loan Workouts and Problem Asset Resolution
  • Private and Public School Law
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Securities Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Water, Environmental and Natural Resources Law

West Practice Categories

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Business & Commercial, Business Organizations, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative, Construction, Divorce, Elder Law, Eminent Domain, Employment, Employment Law -- Employer, Environmental, Estate Planning, Family Law, Health Care, Housing & Construction Defects, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation & Appeals, Native Peoples, Probate & Estate Administration, Real Estate, Tax, Trademarks, Trusts, Wills

Office Information


4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Fourth Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251-3693


(480) 425-2600


(480) 970-4610


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