NORFOLK, Va. — Some people live for 74 years.
Others practice law for that long — and counting.
Meet Stanley Sacks, a 100-year-old Norfolk attorney who has practiced since 1948. That makes him the longest-serving attorney in the state at any point since the Virginia State Bar began keeping records in 1938.
That’s a lot of cases — a lot of phone calls with clients and a lot of legal briefs — in a century of life. Sacks’ son, also an attorney, estimates his father has represented upward of 25,000 clients in his life.
Sacks doesn’t get around as easily as he once did. He uses a wheelchair, no longer goes to court and hasn’t been to his firm’s office, Sacks & Sacks, since before the pandemic.
But Sacks, the firm’s senior partner, works regularly from home, making phone calls with a robust voice and polished demeanor. He typically works 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The challenges of the job, he said, help keep his mind young.
“It’s a wonderful profession,” Sacks said.
Most of his work involves personal injury cases — talking to his clients and pushing insurance companies to settle. He said he’s good at that “because of the experience that I’ve had — you know, 70-something years practicing.”
He reads the medical charts, sometimes involving several doctors, “to acquaint myself with all the injuries my client has,” Sacks said. “The more knowledgeable I am, the more I can discover in those medical records and put that together with what (the client) tells me.”
Sacks then calls the insurance companies and knows how to push them to settle. He knows exactly which parts of his client’s case to emphasize, such as that his client will come across well to a jury, and which ones to