Sam graduated from Miami University (OH) with a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law School. Prior to joining Four Rivers, he spent the past four years as a staff attorney at St. Michael’s Legal Center for Women and Children, Inc. in Riverview, FL. As a staff attorney, Sam accumulated a diverse array of experience in all corners of guardianship and family law, including: dissolution of marriage, paternity, supplemental modification of child support/parental responsibility and/or timesharing, Dependency, Temporary Custody By An Extended Family Member, Guardian Advocacy Petitions, and adoption actions. Sam also conducted full trials from intake to final judgment, initiated appeals, litigated temporary relief claims, argued motions, counseled clients, appeared at mediations, organized discovery, prepared trial exhibits, and drafted the gamut of all emergency, expedited, and timely family law motions and pleadings. While at St. Michael’s, Sam was the inaugural recipient of the John Mangin Distinguished Service Award.
In the past, Sam has volunteered at the Orange County Legal Aid Landlord/Tenant Housing Clinic and for the Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem program. As a Guardian ad Litem, he was responsible for testifying in Dependency court proceedings on behalf of sheltered children's best interest. For his efforts in one case, Sam was awarded a special commendation by the Florida statewide Guardian ad Litem program.
Sam is a member of both the Hillsborough County and St. Petersburg Bar Associations, as well as their Young Lawyer’s Sections. Most impressively, Sam won the North American Wiffle Ball Championship as a teenager.