Ethan Sachs represents clients in appellate and Supreme Court litigation and white-collar matters. Mr. Sachs has drafted briefs in state and federal appellate courts and the US Supreme Court on statutory and constitutional issues, including under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Takings Clause. He has also advised international corporations on matters involving the Dormant Commerce Clause and the potential extraterritorial application of the wire fraud statute and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In his white-collar practice, Mr. Sachs has helped both companies and individuals navigate investigations by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning alleged money laundering and violations of customs laws, the Endangered Species Act, and the False Claims Act.

Mr. Sachs also maintains a robust pro bono practice. Among other things, he has successfully challenged a conviction on insufficiency grounds in state appellate court; petitioned the US Supreme Court for habeas review of a murder conviction; and filed amicus briefs in the US Supreme Court on behalf of student journalist, civil liberties, and criminal law groups.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Sachs was an associate at an international law firm in Washington DC. Before that, he served as Special Counsel to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary and as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. During law school, he interned in the DOJ’s Criminal Appellate Section, where he also worked before law school as an outstanding scholar paralegal. 


  • Education

    • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2018

      Order of the Coif

      Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

      Editor, Virginia Law Review

    • BS, History, University of Michigan, 2012

      High Honors James A. Knight Scholarship in History Award
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • District of Columbia

    • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

    • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Robert D. Sack, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2019 - 2020

    • The Hon. F. Dennis Saylor, IV, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2018 - 2019