Sam is an experienced litigator and lawyer with particular expertise in handling complex litigation in the areas of employment, civil rights, tort, and commercial litigation, and in domestic and international commercial transactions.
Sam’s practice involves trial and appellate practice, as well as arbitration and mediation, principally in the areas of employment, civil rights, tort and commercial litigation, and in the resolution of domestic and international commercial disputes.
Sam has successfully represented clients in high-stakes trials involving municipalities, multinational corporations and financial institutions, and obtained significant jury verdicts as well as negotiated multiple six-and seven-figure settlements on behalf of clients.
Sam has tried cases in federal and state courts and arbitrated these matters before a wide range of arbitral tribunals. He has argued critical motions and appeals, including conducting the oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a seminal decision on whether state common law torts arising from workplace drug testing are preempted by Federal Drug Testing Regulations applicable to workers in safety sensitive positions in the transportation industry. He has also argued and briefed appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits and the Appellate Divisions of the New York State Supreme Court.
Sam has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law particularly as it relates to banking and international commercial transactions. In that regard, he has represented a number of United States-based foreign banks in diverse aspects of their banking business by providing issue-specific legal support for various forms of credit facilities, such as term loans, letters of credit, syndicated loans, risk-participation and other asset-based and non-asset-based lending transactions. A substantial portion of Sam’s practice is also devoted to commercial litigation arising out of interests in securities and banking-related litigation, arising from his representation of banks and financial institutions.
Sam has had decades of experience in handling disputes as counsel as well as representing parties in arbitral matters under major domestic (United States) and international arbitration rules.
Sam is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), one of the world’s premier arbitration bodies.
Sam has had considerable arbitral and mediation experience, as counsel during his over twenty years of legal practice in the United States appearing frequently in arbitration and mediation before JAMS the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world , National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM) and American Arbitration Association (AAA).
Sam is actively involved in handling litigation matters on a pro bono basis. His efforts on one such matter led a U.S. District Judge to note that he “has gone above and beyond the obligations of his initial appointment on his client’s behalf.”