Matthew Sakkas is an accomplished trial lawyer and appellate lawyer in the field of personal injury and wrongful death. He draws on more than 25 years of experience on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the equation – to advocate effectively for people who have been injured through the negligence or willful actions of others.
His long and distinguished record includes published appellate decisions, notable recoveries in big cases, and representing the family of a victim of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Matthew Sakkas graduated from Clark University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1988, including undergraduate studies at the prestigious London School of Economics. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1991 and passed the New York State Bar exam the same year.
He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1992. He is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Sakkas began his law career as an associate at a well-known insurance defense law firm, defending clients primarily in premises liability and construction accident cases. After several years working for the defense, Mr. Sakkas put those skills and insights to work on behalf of the injured. He joined a plaintiff’s law firm where he was responsible for prosecuting a wide variety of personal injury cases from intake through trial, as well as preparing and arguing appeals.
In 2000, Mr. Sakkas opened his own law firm concentrating on plaintiff’s personal injury practice and worked in an “of counsel” capacity to other law firms, where he conducted depositions, tried cases and handled appeals. In 2005, Mr. Sakkas and Mr. Cahn joined their practices. In 2008, they merged their practice with Mr. Weiss, forming the partnership of Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss.
Mr. Sakkas is a long-standing member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, New York County Lawyers’ Association and the American Association for Justice, where he has served as a judge for the Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Mr. Sakkas has also served as an arbitrator for the New York City Civil Court.
- New York, 1992
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, J.D. – 1991
- Clark University, B.A. – 1988
- London School of Economics, 1986-1987
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Association for Justice, Member
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
- New York County Lawyers’ Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Judge for the Student Trial Advocacy Competition
- New York City Civil Court, Arbitrator
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