Will Sachse


Will Sachse


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2496 | +1 215 994 2222


Will Sachse’s practice focuses on defending product liability and consumer fraud claims, as well as antitrust and commercial litigation. Mr. Sachse has worked with clients in a myriad of industries on disputes involving pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, chemicals, asbestos, forest products, building products, tobacco, consumer products, telecommunications, airlines, and sovereign debt.

Mr. Sachse has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States since 2013 for his product liability and mass tort defense practice within the pharmaceuticals and medical devices industry. In 2011, Mr. Sachse was named by Law360 as one of five product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.

Mr. Sachse has lectured on defeating consumer fraud and class action claims, has served as a panelist for The American Law Journal’s Law TV, and has written articles and blog posts on issues relating to consumer fraud, products liability, and class actions.


Personal Injury Litigation

  • Mr. Sachse was lead counsel for a manufacturer of prescription blood thinners in a series of personal injury cases pending in federal and state courts. He also serves as Pennsylvania counsel to two prescription drug manufacturers facing thousands of individual lawsuits in Philadelphia County and elsewhere. In the past, Mr. Sachse has defended a number of other life sciences clients faced with personal injury claims, including a manufacturer of an atypical antipsychotic drug in an MDL and related coordinated state litigations, and a manufacturer of diet drugs.

Consumer Fraud/RICO Class Actions

  • Mr. Sachse has represented pharmaceutical manufacturers faced with “economic damage” consumer fraud and RICO claims brought by putative classes of consumers and third-party payors. He also defended a number of putative class actions filed by consumers of “Lights” cigarettes, and has experience briefing and litigating class certification, preemption, marketing, and economic damages issues.

Antitrust Class Actions And Government Investigations

  • Mr. Sachse represented a forest products manufacturer in a decade-long series of direct- and indirect-purchaser class actions, opt-outs, and related government investigations. In addition to playing a lead role developing and executing a defense strategy that ultimately led to favorable settlements, he successfully argued for the dismissal of claims totaling more than US$200 million. Mr. Sachse has also litigated putative class actions filed against manufacturers of other commodity products, and has defended a number of manufacturers accused of pharmaceutical patent/antitrust “sham litigation.”

Civil Rights/Constitutional Issues

  • On a pro bono basis, Mr. Sachse tried a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case filed by a plaintiff who alleged the use of excessive force during his arrest. Mr. Sachse has also briefed and argued excessive force claims at the appellate level, and has written amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others, on a wide range of civil liberties issues, including DNA seizure, free speech, religious freedom, and privacy concerns.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Ithaca College, B.S., 1994
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1999, magna cum laude, research editor of the Temple Law Review
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Speaking Engagements
  • U.S. Supreme Court: 2017-2018 Preview — ACC Greater Philadelphia Litigation Law CLE Institute, Philadelphia, PA (June 13, 2017)
  • View from the Bench: The Judicial Perspective on Trying a Products Liability Case from Pretrial Issues, Pleadings and Motion Practice to the Trial Phase and Settlement — American Conference Institute's 5th Annual Forum on Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation, Chicago, IL (April 28, 2014)