Cal Berkeley grad Valerie Sacks has been licensed to practice law in California for almost twenty-five years, and licensed as a broker for 17. She started out in the public sector, but her interest in real estate development, environmental law, and land use law eventually pulled her into private practice. In 2005, she opened her own zoning consultant firm.
An entrepreneur at heart, she wanted to be an entrepreneur herself and to help other entrepreneurs manifest their vision. She saw that those who needed zoning help often had to choose between paying high law firm prices or having high-quality professional help. She also understood that having her own firm gave her the flexibility to structure her involvement in ways that may have made more sense for her clients than a typical attorney-style pay-by-the-hour structure.