Sacchet specializes in complex civil litigation, including multi-district litigation. Involved in all aspects of the case, Sacchet excels at briefing, oral argument, and cross-examining expert witnesses at deposition and trial. Recognizing his litigation experience and leadership skills, the Court recently appointed Sacchet as Co-Lead Counsel in MDL 3081: In re Bard Implanted Port Catheter Products Liability Litigation.
Sacchet has co-tried numerous cases to verdict, including five bellwether trials in the 3M Earplugs MDL—the largest MDL in American history. Obtaining more than $200 million in verdicts in less than a year, Sacchet never lost a 3M Earplugs trial and helped secure the largest multi-plaintiff verdict ($110 million) and the largest single-plaintiff verdict ($77.5 million) in the MDL.
Sacchet has also briefed and argued discovery, dispositive, pre-trial, and post-trial motions in federal and state district courts across the country. He has drafted appellate briefs and/or argued before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, Minnesota Supreme Court, and Minnesota Court of Appeals. Notably, Sacchet was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and named Chair of the Law, Briefing, and Legal Drafting Committee in MDL 2885: In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation. A four-member panel appointed Sacchet to both positions after reviewing nearly 200 applications from attorneys across the country and listening to 64 presentations over a 2-day period. As Chair of Law & Briefing, Sacchet briefed and argued cross-motions for summary judgment on 3M’s global preemption defense. The MDL judge hailed Sacchet’s oral argument as “outstanding” and “as good as any” she’d seen in her 18 years on the bench. The MDL court granted plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and denied 3M’s cross motion on the government contractor defense, allowing over 200,000 cases to proceed to trial. In addition, Sacchet defeated numerous Daubert and other dispositive motions in MDL 2666: In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation. As a result of the arguments that Sacchet briefed and argued in the Eighth Circuit, nearly 6,000 cases against 3M were reinstated after the district court erroneously excluded plaintiffs’ general-causation experts and dismissed the MDL. In addition to his role as Co-Lead Counsel of the In re Bard Implanted Port Catheter MDL, Sacchet was selected to serve on numerous Subcommittees (Trial, Settlement, Law & Briefing, and Common Benefit).
Finally, as a certified mindfulness meditation teacher, Sacchet frequently presents CLEs on mindful lawyering. He also leads meditation practice groups for lawyers and the public. Please contact Sacchet to learn more about those opportunities.
Prior to joining Ciresi Conlin, Sacchet served as a law clerk to Judge Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Before law school, Sacchet served as a Teach for America Corps Member in East Palo Alto, California.
Sacchet graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, argued and wrote award-winning briefs in the Ames Moot Court Competition, and received numerous dean’s scholar prizes for outstanding academic work. He graduated first in his class from Northwestern University, where he was honored with the Top Grade Point Average Award as well as the Best Legal Studies Undergraduate Thesis Award.
- U.S. District Court, Minnesota
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit