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Andrew J. Sackett
Caplin & Drysdale
Andrew J. Sackett Of Counsel

asackett@capdale.com

P: (202) 862-5071

F: (202) 429-3301

Washington, D.C. Office

Overview

Mr. Sackett focuses on representing mass tort committees that safeguard the rights of victims, such as the committees serving as fiduciaries representing holders of asbestos claims in asbestos bankruptcy trusts. He frequently consults on legislative issues affecting these clients. Mr. Sackett also represents individuals, creditors’ committees, unions, and governmental and nonprofits entities in civil litigation.

Highlights

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.

Professional Activities

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.

Practice Areas

Awards & Rankings

  • Above the Law, Top Law Firm Bankruptcy Practice, 2016

Recent News

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Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Asbestos Bankruptcy Update, Trial Attorneys Come Together for Information Exchange, TACTIX, October 1, 2015
  • Panelist, Bankruptcy Update and the Basics of Getting Your Claims Paid, 2014 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice, July 29, 2014

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Recent Publications

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Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.A., Yale University
  • M.A., Queen's University
  • B.A., Dalhousie University

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
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