Washington Lawyer - May 2017 - 19

From Power
Attorney to
Power Advocate
Raising a Special Needs Child,
Finding a New Career Path
By Thai Phi Le

H

eather Sachs is a self-described planner. As a little girl, her
grandfather nicknamed her "Counselor." Instead of throwing
a tantrum or slamming the door when she didn't get her way,
she'd carefully think through her argument to present her side
and try to change her family members' minds.
As a teen, Sachs couldn't get enough of popular legal television shows
like L.A. Law and The Practice, and by high school she was a very active
member of the debate team, eventually becoming its president. "My
path to law school was set," says Sachs, who would combine her interests
in drama and law while at Columbia Law School to later become an
entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles.

Opposite page: Heather Sachs with husband Andrew and
their kids Talia (left), Jonah, and Leah. / Bradley Images

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