About Us – Professional Details
Sam’s practice includes a broad range of cases involving civil rights, wrongful death, employment, government and corporate liability, and personal injury. Sam is a native of Tacoma and is grateful for the opportunity to serve his community through his work.
Sam earned his B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and his J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law. At UW, Sam worked on the Editorial Board of the Washington Journal of Law, Technology, and Arts, in which he published an article recently cited at the Ninth Circuit. He also served as a Judicial Extern to Judge Brad Maxa of the Washington Court of Appeals. Sam got his start with Connelly Law Offices as a Summer Associate during law school.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with his lovely fiancé, Camille, and their two dogs. You can often catch Sam running or riding his bicycle around Tacoma’s beautiful North End or catching a Huskies or Seahawks game with friends.
LICENSURE & ADMISSIONS
Washington State Courts, WSBA No. 52746 (2017)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2017)
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
- Active Member (2017-Present)
- Young Lawyers Section, Board of Trustees (2018-Present)
Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
- EAGLE Member (2017-Present)
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
• The National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 40 Under 40”
M.A., et al v. State of Washington, Dept. Social and Health Services (2019) – Obtained $2.4 million settlement for victims of childhood physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a foster family after being placed there by the State.
C.G., et al. v. Confidential Defendants (2018) - Obtained $1.8 million settlement for two young women who were gang-raped on an overnight school trip.
Confidential Plaintiff v. Confidential Defendant Insurance Company (2020) – Obtained $500,000.00 settlement after filing suit on behalf of an individual injured on the job in a rear-end collision against his employer’s insurance company.
Goff v. Washington State Department of Social Health Services, Spokane County Superior Court, Cause No. 16-2-04855-7 (2018) - Obtained $350,000 settlement in claim against Child Protective Services for man falsely labeled child sex abuser after falsified evidence was entered in investigation.
Hardy v. State of Washington, Pierce Co. Superior Court Cause No. 18-2-07083-5 (2020) – Obtained $294,502.49 award after a three-week jury trial regarding a maintenance supervisor at a state-run facility who was terminated for his efforts in trying to end an ongoing scheme of fraud and corruption among state workers.