How Sam Helps Clients
For more than four decades, Sam has tried highly complex cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, setting him apart from many lawyers today who list as litigators but rarely try cases. Sam now serves as chair of the firm's Product Liability group and the Corporate Trust and Estate Litigation practice and co-chair of the Florida Litigation group. He has also served as chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation section.
Sam has represented a wide variety of commercial and financial institutions in state and federal courts throughout the United States regarding complex lending issues, complex commercial litigation and intellectual property issues, as well as sophisticated probate and trust litigation. He is also very active in corporate governance and healthcare litigation. This experience includes extensive jury and non-jury trials.
In addition, Sam has long experience representing manufacturers in products liability litigation and various clients in intellectual property/patent litigation, including the counseling of clients through product recall issues and other compliance problems involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In state and federal courts throughout the U.S., his litigation experience also includes:
- Lender liability matters
- Intellectual property/patent disputes
Products liability litigation, including counseling clients through product recall issues and other Compliance problems involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Corporate governance and health care litigation
- Chapter 11 adversary proceedings for financial institutions
- Sophisticated probate and trust litigation
- Class action litigation, representing insurance companies and financial institutions
- Uniform commercial code issues
- Breach of fiduciary duty claims
Lender workout and restructuring matters in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy forums
- Commercial and consumer fraud litigation (class-action and non-class-action)
- Breach of contract matters
- Venture capital litigation for financial institutions
- Coal and oil and gas litigation ranging from environmental and other governmental regulatory actions to production and contracts
- Numerous appellate proceedings.
As a highly successful trial lawyer, Sam is well respected by bench and bar has been honored as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, for which he recently served as Pennsylvania State Chair. Since 2012, Sam has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation, product liability, and estates and trusts litigation. He was selected as Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation – Banking and Finance and Litigation – Trusts and Estates in the 2019 and 2020 editions, respectively.
He has been selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list by his peers since 2004. He has also been selected to the Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers® list for a number of years.
Sam currently serves on a statewide committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association reviewing candidates for appellate judgeships in Pennsylvania. He has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and in federal court arbitration proceedings and private arbitration. He has been appointed by the local Federal Bench to serve as both a Discovery Master and also as a mediator. He has served for the last eight years as a Chair of a federal and state appellate program sitting as part of a panel with either Third Circuit or Pennsylvania Appellate Judges.
Sam will take on an adjunct professor role at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law regarding a course in Litigation Planning and Strategy in the fall of 2017.
What Clients Can Expect
What would clients say about Sam? They would point out his 24/7, 100% dedication, consummate professionalism, competence, common sense objectivity and candor.
Outside of the Office
When Sam isn’t helping a client through difficult litigation, he loves teaching trial tactics, both internally at the firm and externally to young lawyers.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1974, magna cum laude
University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1971
- United States Tax Court
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Chair of Appellate Program
Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of Governors, Judiciary Committee
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Judicial Merit Selection Committee and Judiciary Committee, Past member and past chair
American College of Trial Lawyers, Pennsylvania State Nominating Committee Chair, Fellow
American Inns of Court at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Chapter, Master
Committee Member to study changes in Allegheny County Jury Voir Dire
Intellectual Property Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter, Master Member
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) at the University of Pittsburgh, Faculty Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Lecturer
Pennsylvania State Committee, 2018-2019
Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Chair of Budget Finance Committee, Volunteer Of The Year - 2016
American Heart Association of Western Pennsylvania, Heart Walk Chair, 2016
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Adjunct Professor
Summerset Neighborhood Association, Board Member
Ovarian Cancer Coalition for Western Pennsylvania, Past Board Member