Joseph P. Sakai

Tel 702.868.7540
Fax 702.471.7070
Las Vegas

Joseph focuses on commercial real estate, complex collection, consumer finance, and First Amendment and media litigation.

Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, he worked as a legal assistant to the CEO of a large scale, public works contractor in Southern California, coordinating with outside counsel on a variety of legal issues including permitting, contracting, and construction related litigation. He also represented national home developers in construction disputes and construction defect matters.

Since joining Ballard Spahr, Joseph’s practice has involved commercial real estate acquisitions, financing, development and construction, leasing, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, special servicing, receiverships, and unlawful detainer actions.

He has substantial experience representing clients in disputes with borrowers, tenants, adjacent landowners, and adverse claimants. Joseph also represents owners, developers, and general contractors in construction related litigation.

Joseph’s representation of lenders extends to claims and defenses brought under various federal and state statutes and regulations. His consumer and commercial finance and banking litigation experience includes class action defense, multidistrict litigation, defense of lender liability claims, and federal and state-level regulatory issues.

He also represents clients in responding to complaints lodged by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission. He is actively involved in federal rulemaking – reviewing proposed rules and submitting comments on behalf of clients.

His First Amendment and Media experience includes suits involving access to public records, defending against defamation claims, and anti-SLAPP matters. Joseph represents individuals and private companies in the filing of anti-SLAPP motions, prosecuting “SLAPP back” cases, and public records actions. He has prosecuted trademark infringement cases on behalf of private corporations under the Lanham Act.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted master servicer in the foreclosure and subsequent management of a thirty million dollar commercial shopping center
  • Represents a federal receiver appointed to recover assets in connection with a $1.3 billion judgment
  • Successfully requested appointment of a private receiver in conjunction with collection of an eighty million dollar judgment
  • Represents large dollar judgment creditors to recover hidden or otherwise fraudulently transferred assets and to monetize judgments
  • Advised owner on handling of a past-due tenant of commercial, industrial space with half-a-million in outstanding rent due, including eviction and collection of amounts due
  • Advised on the impact of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consent Order on a pending merger between debt collection companies
  • Reviewed proposed rulemaking promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau related to changes to attorney involvement requirements, fair credit reporting, and telephone consumer protection, and submitted comments on behalf of several clients

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Commercial Litigation (Las Vegas), 2021

Legal Elite 2016 & 2018, Nevada Business Magazine

William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV (J.D. 2014, cum laude)
Business Editor, Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 14; CALI Award in Administrative Law and Trial Advocacy

University of San Diego (B.A. 2011)



U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit