From 1997 to 2005, Sam was in the private practice of law in Wilmington, Delaware, most recently as a partner and the chair of the corporate and commercial practice group at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP (CBL&H). At its peak, CBL&H was a law firm of 100+ attorneys with offices in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, California. In 2012, Sam’s former practice group left to form Connolly Gallagher LLP. While at CBL&H, Sam concentrated his practice in business, corporate, and trust litigation, primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the premier court in the country for the resolution of fiduciary disputes, and the US District Court for the District of Delaware.
From 1994 to 1997, Sam was a deputy attorney general for the Delaware Department of Justice, where he litigated cases in the civil, criminal, and fraud divisions. While assigned to the criminal division, Sam successfully prosecuted numerous cases to jury verdict, ranging from speeding to first degree murder.
From 1993 to 1994, Sam began his legal career in Plymouth as an associate at Deachman & Cowie, P.A., before relocating with his wife to Delaware for job opportunities.
In slightly more than twelve years of active practice, Sam litigated cases in all of the Delaware state and federal courts and before various state agencies, before a three member panel of the American Arbitration Association in New York, and in courts in New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. In addition, Sam’s cases took him to California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, for depositions and other discovery matters.