Ryan Sakacs is a commercial litigator who primarily focuses on prescription drug and pharmaceutical matters. He has extensive experience advising District Attorneys’ offices and police departments on the laws governing prescription drug investigations and enforcement, and counseling practitioners, pharmacists, and healthcare employees on prescription drug compliance issues.
Ryan served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York for 12 years. In his role as Chief of the Prescription Drug Investigation Unit, he prosecuted more than 250 prescription drug cases and founded the country’s most prolific prosecutorial unit dedicated exclusively to combating the surge in prescription drug diversion, addiction, and overdose fatalities. He created a nationally recognized model for prescription drug prosecution by integrating traditional investigative methods with innovative approaches. Ryan’s prominent cases include the dismantling of a $500 million oxycodone ring and New York State's first homicide conviction of a prescribing physician. He also conducted jury trials and directed complex, multi-agency investigations of international drug-trafficking and money-laundering cartels.
Prior to joining Kasowitz, Ryan was appointed Counsel to the New York State Department of State. In this position, Ryan advised the Governor's Executive Chamber on risk management and ethics issues, regulated professional sporting events by enforcing relevant provisions of federal and state law, directed investigations and reported recommendations to the New York State Inspector General.