Melvyn Douglas Sacks

Mel Sacks

Before entering private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Melvyn Douglas Sacks was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles and since then he has had a long and distinguished career defending criminal matters in both state and federal courts. He has tried over 100 jury trials in all types of criminal matters from corporations accused of criminal wrong-doing , white collar crimes, drug violations and street crimes to homocide.

He has been dedicated to the aggressive pursuit of every legal and ethical avenue available to protect his clients’ constitutional and statutory rights in criminal cases. He has been his clients’ shield from over-zealous police and prosecutors, and has taken that obligation seriously. By insuring that his clients’ constitutional rights are honored, he has in fact protected the right of the entire community


Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel

Peer Recognition

  • Rated ‘AV® Preeminent™’ by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and general ethics.
  • 2004 – 2012 Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Work
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crime
  • Constitutional Law


  • Member: Active State Bar of California
  • Criminal Law Section, State Bar of California
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Media Appearances

  • Larry King Live (CNN)
  • Co-Host, “Legal Challenges”, KRLA 870 AM

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California, 1965
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1974
  • United States District Court Central District of California
  • United States District Court Northern District of California
  • United States District Court Southern District of California


  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1964
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1961