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Valerie Lynne Sacks

Land use and zoning Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Valerie Sacks

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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
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Valerie L Sacks
958 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90029


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Valerie is my savior
I was faced with a situation where my neighbor had unjustly built a structure encroaching on my property which jeopardized my property. I consulted with a prominent real estate attorney who told me that I had to incur 3 years of legal battles as well as around $100,000.00 of expenses with no certain positive outcome. I was very much devastated, sad and desperate since I thought that common sense and justice should not put me in such a dilemma. Luckily, a friend recommended Valerie to me and I immediately contacted her. She was very understanding, knowledgable and set immediately to remedy the situation to my advantage. She came to my property, inspected it and got first hand information about the situation. She set a date to meet the neighbors and came fully prepared with all kinds of documents that forced the opposing party to agree to demolish the encroaching structure to my full satisfaction. Without Valerie's help I would have not accomplished this goal. I am very grateful to have Valerie as my attorney. I highly recommend her for any issues regarding real estate law and property disputes. She is a real Hero.
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Response from Valerie Sacks May 16, 2022
I am SO glad I was able to help! I could see how stressful it was for you and your family.
Posted by Maury Espinoza Ruano | April 26, 2013
Land Use / Zoning
Valerie helped us obtain entitlements for a 53-unit affordable housing development in the City of Los Angeles. We were very pleased that her fee did not surpass her proposal. She was very responsive and thorough in her work. We will definitely use her again for our next development.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2011
Smart, passionate, expert in real estate law
Valerie gave us excellent advice and represented our case forcefully and effectively. She dug into the records, suggested we mobilize the neighbors to sign a petition and argued persuasively before the hearing officer. We'd recommend her without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2011
Talented lawyer - very smart
Valerie knows the law and has a great legal mind. She counsels her clients and makes sure to look out for their best interests -- constantly strategizing to utilize the best path to achieve their desired goals. If you need a lawyer who is fair, hardworking, and ready to meet your challenge, Valerie is your advocate.
Posted by Whitney | February 2, 2011
Wonderful advocate
Valerie is knowledgable, precise, and passionate. Having her on my team enabled me to feel like our interests were protected, I was in touch with necessary issues, and we were responding in a timely and highly effective manner to any concerns the Permit Applications required. I would recommend her highly for any Building Entitlement issues.
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Posted by Lynn | January 27, 2011
Highest recommendation for Valerie Lynne Sacks, Esq.
Ms Sacks has helped us resolve many complex legal matters throughout our long-standing relationship. I have found her to be conscientious and highly competent in the subject matter, legal strategies and execution. She is out in front with a discerning world view and an engaging heart for people.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal/CEO
  • Sacks Real Estate Consulting
  • 2005 - Present
  • Principal, Real Estate Development Property Management
  • The Pygmalion Group
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Land Use Associate
  • Harding, Larmore, Kutcher and Kozal
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Land Use Associate
  • Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Calif. Attorney General's Office
  • 1998 - 2003
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  • University of Arizona
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Arizona
  • Masters
  • 1994
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Chazanov v. City of Los Angeles
  • Petition granted.


  • Department of Real Estate
  • Broker
  • 2005 - Present
  • South Robertson Neighborhoods Council
  • Chair, Land Use and Economic Development Committee
  • 2006 - 2007
  • South Robertson Neighborhoods Council
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Real Estate Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Real Estate Section
  • Land Use and Environmental Law Co-Chair
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Arizona Journal of International & Comparative La
  • Articles Editor
  • 1996 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Published Note
  • University of Arizona School of Law
  • 1997
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Arizona School of Law
  • 1997
  • Magnum Cum Laude
  • University of Arizona School of Law
  • 1997
  • Moot Court Award-Honorable Mention for Best Oral Argument
  • University of Arizona School of Law
  • 1995
  • Ares Scholarship
  • University of Arizona School of Law
  • 1994
  • Regents Scholarship
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • 1988
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  • Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • An Indefensible Defense: On the Misuse of Culture in Criminal Law
  • 1996
  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Women and AIDS: An Analysis of Media Misrepresentations
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Law from A to Z in California
  • An Overview of the Zoning and Entitlement Process
  • 2007
  • Legal Aspects of Condominiums and Homeowner's Associations
  • Traditional Condominiums v. Small Lot Subdivisions in Los Angeles
  • 2007
  • West Los Angeles Investment Marketing Forum
  • Entitlements from a Developer's Perspective
  • 2006
  • Navigating the Maze of Land Use Regulations
  • Entitlements from a Developer's Perspective
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Valerie
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Valerie and I have worked together on a number of matters. If you have a zoning issue or have to deal with the government, she should be your go-to lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent and hard working."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to Valerie in the past. She has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent attorney. I recommend her highly."
Land use and zoning Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Valerie on several matters and have always been impressed with her work. She is smart, professional, and experienced. I recommend her to anyone looking for a great lawyer!"
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Los Angeles Land use and zoning Lawyer Valerie Lynne Sacks
Valerie Lynne Sacks
Land use and zoning Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 26 years
Virtual consultation available