Andrew J. Sackett is Of Counsel in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. He joined the firm in 2007.
Mr. Sackett focuses on representing trust advisory committees that safeguard the rights of asbestos victims and serve as fiduciaries representing holders of asbestos claims in asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Mr. Sackett also represents individuals, creditors' committees, unions, and governmental and nonprofit entities in civil litigation.
With a J.D. and a Ph.D. from Yale, Mr. Sackett’s practice and interests place him at the cutting edge of civil tort law and public policy. He is actively involved in trust matters involving such entities as the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, the Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, and the Pittsburgh Corning Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust, which hold money in trust for people injured by exposure to asbestos.
In litigation, he has represented asbestos claimants in major bankruptcy cases such as those of W.R. Grace & Co. and Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, where contested estimation proceedings with hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake. Other representative matters include prosecuting fraud and conspiracy claims arising out of a municipal bond transaction against a national financial institution, and representing entities as diverse as a trust in litigation against the office of the attorney general and economic loss plaintiffs against General Motors in the ignition switch controversy.
Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale, Mr. Sackett practiced union-side labor and employment law in California.
Mr. Sackett publishes frequent commentaries on issues relevant to the intersection of mass tort litigation, asbestos-driven bankruptcies, and the administration of settlement trusts. He regularly volunteers as an advising attorney for the Employment Justice Center's Workers' Rights Clinic, helping low-income workers.