Areas of Focus:
Sam is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on antitrust litigation and compliance, class action defense, and higher education counseling. He has represented a broad range of businesses and educational institutions in litigation involving violations of the RICO Act, the Sherman Act, and Title IX. In addition to litigation defense, Sam works with national and international businesses to design and implement antitrust programming for employees and to generate and revise their pricing and distribution policies.
Colleges and universities work with Sam in a variety of litigation contexts focused on critically sensitive matters. He has represented schools in connection with: (i) obtaining the dismissal of complaints filed by students and separately by alumni, faculty, and donors challenging a board’s decision to relocate a college campus; (ii) appealing a trial court decision against a college relating to a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit stemming from a sporting event; (iii) defending multiple educational institutions in Title IX litigation and associated investigations; (iv) defending a university in a wrongful termination lawsuit with former faculty member; and (v) obtaining summary judgment dismissing a traumatic brain injury claim against a large university that sought to recover $40 million in damages.
Additionally, Sam maintains a robust pro bono practice, having served as counsel (including as lead trial counsel) in civil rights litigation on behalf of inmates challenging the conditions of their confinement. He also oversaw a comprehensive nationwide analysis of juvenile expungement procedures designed to shed light on inefficiencies within the statutory expungement process.
Prior to joining the firm, Sam served as a law clerk for the Honorable Renée Marie Bumb of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Before clerking, he was an associate in an international firm's litigation practice group.
Representative matters may include engagements before joining Troutman Pepper.
ELA Litigation Series: Motions Practice
Annual Antitrust CLE Event
Understanding the RICO Enterprise Requirement
Articles + Publications
Supreme Court Rules Title IX and Other Spending Clause Statutes Do Not Permit Damages for Emotional Distress
Articles + Publications
Third Circuit Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed in Light of Inferences and Allegations of Gender Bias