On September 20, 2012, members of the legal community enjoyed an evening of inspiration celebrating the accomplishments of the 2012 Washington State Bar Association award recipients.
This honor is awarded to a WSBA member who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism in the practice of law. "Professionalism" is defined as the pursuit of a learned profession in the spirit of service to the public and in the sharing of values with other members of the profession. Sackmann is being recognized for his
reputation as a skilled negotiator and litigator as well as his integrity, civility, and advocacy.
Steven is “a leader in the community and in law,” said Connell attorney Toni Meacham. “He is highly
rated and highly respected in the community…[and] has a lifetime of experience and helping others….
Steve is known for his professional conduct, his fair dealing, being a leader…and being an advocate for
“Steve has always demonstrated…a practical and knowledgeable approach,” said Seattle attorney
Gregory S. McElroy. “He epitomizes the small-town, regional lawyer who knows everyone and is
trusted widely…. [He has] a willingness to train and mentor other lawyers, especially younger lawyers in
the area; an approach to law that makes it a profession, not just a business; courtesy to other lawyers; and
a willingness to help connect the people he sees with other members of the profession.”
Sackmann, an Eastern Washington native born and raised in Odessa, received his undergraduate degree
from Washington State University and his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law
in 1966. His legal career has spanned four decades in private practice, focusing on farm Chapter 11 and
12 reorganizations, commercial and farm leases, real estate, business law, general practice, and litigation;
in 1975, he opened his own practice, Sackmann Law Office, with his wife, Sonja I. Sackmann, who
passed away from ovarian cancer in July 2008.
Currently Sackmann serves as attorney for the Port of Othello. He is also the president of the Adams
County Bar Association.
Sackmann lives in Othello with his wife, Jacqueline. He has two children, Nicole Amoruso, who lives in
Othello with her husband Darren, and Brandon Sackmann, who lives in Olympia with his wife Katherine;
two step-children, Robyn Moore, who lives in Moses Lake with her husband John, and Cedar Dixon,
who lives in Silverdale; and seven grandchildren.
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