After practicing law for 20 years, Ken Sack brought his considerable talents, determination, and work experience to our firm in 2021.
In 2010, he joined the state Department of Justice representing the Department of Transportation (DOT), first in highway construction litigation, where his focus was on the back end of the highway construction process, and then in condemnation proceedings, where his focus was on the front end of the construction process. After a while, Ken started to question whether property owners were being treated fairly and wondered if perhaps he could use his skills to represent them.
“I fight hard for my clients, take time to explain things to them, and make sure they know the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies. I want them to feel invested in the work I do on their behalf.”
Ken left the DOT to fight for the rights of property owners in 2018, and he never turned back. He especially enjoys working one-on-one with clients in the pre-litigation phase of their cases. Many times he has identified future potential damages that could be caused by the taking that the property owner would likely never consider — and this kind of knowledge helps him when he’s negotiating settlements.
Ken cares about his clients, and he’s doesn’t like seeing people get taken advantage of. He has been involved in cases where “the other side” apparently didn’t disclose higher appraisals, and he used his experience and determination to fight these tactics. Because clients matter.
“I am New York-born and raised. If I get knocked down, I get back up and come back even stronger.”
Ken Sack Analytical. Respectful. Relentless. Proud of his New York roots, Ken attributes much of his determination and fight to his childhood where he learned to stand up for himself and others. Coupled with this desire to “do what’s right” is what Ken claims to be his greatest strength: his empathy. He understands that the first time many people learn of the concept of eminent domain is when they are contacted by the DOT informing them that their property will be taken. They might not know their legal rights, or what to do next. Ken lets his clients know that he cares about their situation and takes his time to explain the process and alternative strategies to them.
From an early age, Ken decided that he would always try to be more prepared than his competition. Throughout his legal career, he has always been willing to go the extra mile to make sure that he was in command of the facts. He enjoys that eminent domain is somewhat of a niche field practiced by very few attorneys, and his experience with the DOT allows him to see issues from the government’s perspective as well as the property owner’s. Care and respect characterize his approach to all.
“I would like to be known as a zealous advocate, but also as someone who treats my adversaries, court personnel, and others with respect.”
Ken moved south in 2004 with his wife, daughter, and son and has never looked back. He has been involved in various volunteer efforts — ranging from public safety and land use planning committees to the Planning and Zoning Board. Outside of the office, he spends time reading, playing chess, cooking, and enjoying his family.