Eric A. Sacks is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He is the Chair of Jenner & Block’s Technology Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Antitrust Litigation Practices. Mr. Sacks is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.
Mr. Sacks practices in complex commercial litigation involving a variety of substantive areas of law. These include information technology outsourcing and other complex business agreements; antitrust and unfair competition; and corporate transactions, governance, and compensation.
Mr. Sacks represents companies, associations, and other entities in federal and state courts. Mr. Sacks also represents clients in arbitration and mediations. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Sacks counsels corporate clients and associations in antitrust matters.
Mr. Sacks was recognized as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2006. Mr. Sacks also is a fellow in the 2010 Class of Leadership Greater Chicago.
Mr. Sacks has served as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”), teaching both trial advocacy and deposition skills. Mr. Sacks also often serves as a guest instructor for an intensive trial advocacy course taught at the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mr. Sacks also has spoken on a number of topics, including the use of expert witnesses.
Mr. Sacks serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Law Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging attorneys to perform pro bono work service throughout their careers. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League for the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.
Mr. Sacks also has done a variety of pro bono work. In one matter, he represented a defendant charged with first-degree murder in a jury trial. In another matter, he helped obtain an acquittal after a bench trial for a defendant charged with carjacking. He also represented a defendant charged with burglary in a stipulated bench trial and on appeal. In a civil rights matter, Mr. Sacks represented a prisoner who claimed the use of excessive force by prison guards. In another civil rights suit, Mr. Sacks litigated a nationally recognized Fair Housing Act case on behalf of a husband and wife who alleged discrimination against their condominium association based on the husband’s Tourette’s syndrome. See Marthon v. Maple Grove Condo. Ass’n., 101 F. Supp. 2nd 1041 (N.D. Ill. 2000).
Mr. Sacks graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992 and received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Carleton College in 1989. From 1992 to 1994, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Nordberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.