In Memoriam: Bob Sack (1935 – 2016)
“My number one rule is to always do the right thing. That way, you don’t have to second guess yourself.”
A team player his entire life, Bob Sack pursued justice for the firm’s clients with the same dogged determination and agility that earned him a place in Hunter College’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Basketball).
“Although I’ve been very fortunate and successful in different arenas,” he said, “I never strived to get the headlines or accolades; it was all about the team. As long as we were successful, I was happy to play a supporting role.”
As a founding partner of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, Bob’s adherence to teamwork and a strong code of ethics and behavior set an example for the whole firm and its approach to personal injury cases. “You make sacrifices for the sake of the team. Sometimes you play a leading role and other times lend support. Sports taught me to be supportive of my teammates. You have to do what’s best for the client.”
A skilled negotiator and strategist, Bob Sack managed the firm’s daily operations and supervised its cases, providing advice and strategy for clients and colleagues alike. “To be a high scorer in basketball, you have to have a big ego. In some aspects of litigation work, a big ego is a prerequisite as well. But, while you have to push yourself to the front of the pack sometimes, the balance is to know when to step back.”
Bob Sack’s varied experience gave him the perspective of all sides of a case. Earlier in his career, Bob sharpened his skills, first as a claims adjuster, and later as a defense attorney for a leading insurance company. He also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Widely recognized by his profession, Bob was named among The Best Lawyers in America, listed as a New York Super Lawyer and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York City Trial Lawyers Association. The highly respected Peer Review Rating System Martindale-Hubbell also recognized Bob for the outstanding quality of his work and professional standards.
A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Bob was admitted to the Bar in New York and the United States Federal Courts. He served on the Board of Governors and as a member of the New York City Trial Lawyers Association, as a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Bob also taught business law as an adjunct professor at Queensborough Community College and lectured for the New York State Bar Association.
Bob said that one of his finest moment was the day his daughter, Jen, graduated from Dartmouth magna cum laude with honors, and Bill Clinton gave her the diploma. “I come from the Bronx. We had no money and now my daughter was handed her diploma by a president of the United States. That was really something.”
Bob was equally proud of his son Jonathan for all his accomplishments, especially on the basketball court. Bob travelled all across the U.S. to watch Jon’s basketball games when he played for the Emory University Eagles in college.
Bob is survived by his wife, Marlene, children Jennifer and Jonathan, son-in-law Evan, and grandchildren Sam, Jack, Georgia and Levi.
We’ll miss you, Bob.