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A Half Century of Service to Our Clients and Our Community

Since our founding in 1960, the Arizona law firm of Sacks Tierney has addressed our clients' legal problems with a combination of talent, creativity, professionalism and integrity.

Our 31 skilled attorneys include eight Super Lawyers® selectees, 10 Best Lawyers picks, and 18 Martindale-Hubbell A-V ratings.

Sacks Tierney offers sophisticated legal services for public and private companies and Arizona individuals and families.

Firm History: Read about the firm's founding and growth

Sacks Tierney has a half-century tradition of community leadership.

Our article archive contains practical information on a variety of legal topics.


Valuable Legal Services

Sacks Tierney serves Arizona businesses and entrepreneurs in such areas as commercial litigation, construction, loan workouts, real estate law, business transactions, taxation, bankruptcy and employment law.

To this core of legal services Sacks Tierney has added an array of niche practices in Indian law, banking law, commercial and public finance, healthcare law, water and natural resources, private and public school law, and intellectual property law.

To meet our clients' needs for personal legal services, we offer valuable expertise in estate planning, probate, guardianship and conservatorship, criminal defense and family law.

Top Attorneys

Our tradition is excellence. Sacks Tierney is privileged to have among its attorneys those who have reached the height of professional excellence and are recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. We have been uncompromising in our search for the highest caliber legal talent, solidifying our investment in our future and our clients' well-being.

Solid Values

Sacks Tierney is an ideal law firm for individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate decision-makers who value excellence in legal skill and responsiveness and who respect our firm-wide values of:

  • effectiveness and unyielding professionalism in addressing our 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.

Global Resources

As a member of the distinguished international law firm consortium Meritas™, we offer the worldwide breadth of knowledge that is normally found only in the largest international firms. Meritas is an integrated, non-profit alliance of more than 170 independent commercial law firms located in over 60 countries. Meritas firms are pre-selected for quality, receive peer review and, like Sacks Tierney, are committed to providing responsive and cost-effective service.


Firm Growth

Janet Jackim   Roger Owers  

Commercial real estate and M&A attorney Janet Jackim and construction, real estate and Indian law attorney Roger Owers further strengthen four of our core practice areas.

Employment Law

Helen Holden  


Phoenix Business Journal: Businesses have plenty of legal hurdles to clear regarding employees, notes the PBJ's Eric Jay Toll. In the paper's November 21 edition, Helen Holden discusses four trends affecting employers.

Matt Meaker  

Labor Dept. Incentives to Self-Report Worker Misclassification, by Matt Meaker (left) and Helen Holden. The Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program (EMCAP) allows employers to avoid monetary penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Real Estate Law

Steve Benson   Jim Samuelson  

The "Vendee's Lien" is an equitable lien that protects purchasers of real property when the seller cannot perform under the contract. Article by Steve Benson and Jim Samuelson.

Community Leadership

Matt Winter  


Ryan House chairman Matt Winter speaks at the charity's 2014 Community Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. The event attracted nearly 500 supporters. More about Ryan House.

Construction Law



The American Subcontractors Association of Arizona has named Sacks Tierney its "2013-14 Outstanding Associate Member Firm."

Honors and Awards

Judy Dworkin


Judy Dworkin Named Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Sacks Tierney's managing shareholder joins colleagues David Tierney and Patty Ferguson among the fewer than 150 Arizona attorneys accepted. About the Foundation.

Helen Holden



Helen Holden Elected to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. The Sacks Tierney litigator is one of only 22 Arizona members of the Federation, which was founded in 1936. About the FDCC.

Employment Law

A Planning Resource for Your Arizona Employee Handbook

Free Download: A Planning Resource for Your Arizona Employee Handbook

Professional Opportunities

Sacks Tierney is seeking attorneys, in a broad range of practice areas, who have more than five years of practice experience and a desire to expand their practice. Strong academic credentials are required.


Attorneys are invited to send a résumé and cover letter to or send a confidential fax to our Recruiting Coordinator at 480-425-4945.


For more information, visit our Opportunities page.

Peer Recognition

Best Law Firms®: Sacks Tierney earns a Tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation, Healthcare Law and Construction Litigation for 2014.


Super Lawyers®: Sacks Tierney 2014 selectees are Steve Benson, Judy Dworkin, Andre Merrett, Phoebe Moffatt, Sharon Shively and David Tierney ... Rising Starssm selectees are Bryan Gottfredson and Matt Meaker.


Best Lawyers in America®: Steve Benson, Judy Dworkin, Steve Goldstein, Rob Kimball, John Hanson, Jeff Leonard, Phoebe Moffatt, Mike Rooney, Sharon Shively, David Tierney.


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