Specializing in commercial litigation, trusts, estate litigation and professional disciplinary proceedings, Allen Saeks is a prominent attorney who served Stinson Leonard Street LLP for nearly 60 years. Retiring in 2018 as senior counsel and in a role he previously held for seven years as legal counsel to the firm and as a partner from 1964 to 2010, he previously served the firm as an associate. He commenced his career in 1956 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Department of Justice, holding the position for one year until he obtained a commission as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, serving at the Pentagon for three years. During the former half of his career, he also acted as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, later serving the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society as a co-founder, and in 2009, chaired a Minnesota Supreme Court appointed committee to evaluate the disciplinary system.
Mr. Saeks is the recipient of a Bachelor of Science in law and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with induction into the Order of the Coif in 1956. He was subsequently admitted to several state and federal bars. Civically involved as well, he was the former president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and officer of the Citizens League of Minneapolis.
A lifetime fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Mr. Saeks also maintained affiliation with the American Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society and the Hennepin County Bar Association, often serving in executive positions. As a testament to his success, he has garnered multiple accolades and honors, including the Lifetime Commitment Award from the Cardozo Society, the City of Minneapolis Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota, the President Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Professionalism Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association. Notably, he was the first recipient in 2012 of the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service from the Eighth Circuit Bar Association. Impressively, he was named one of the Best Lawyers in America from 2006 to 2018 and Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2008.
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