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Antitrust and Higher Education Litigator Sam Harrison joins Saxton & Stump from AmLaw 50 firm

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., March 26, 2024 — Saxton & Stump is pleased to announce that it has added litigator Samuel D. Harrison as Senior Counsel, who joins from Troutman Pepper, an AmLaw 50 firm. Harrison is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Higher Education, and Title IX groups, with a particular focus on antitrust, class action, and higher education litigation. He will be working out of the firm’s growing downtown Philadelphia office.

Harrison is an experienced litigator of complex disputes on behalf of businesses.  He has prevailed in antitrust litigation at the trial court and appellate level, including claims based on the Sherman Act and related state law doctrines. He also has extensive experience defending financial services and technology companies in RICO, consumer protection, data protection, and fraud suits, and is the co-author of the Third Circuit Chapter of the American Bar Association’s Survey of Federal Class Action Law.

Outside the courtroom, Harrison regularly counsels domestic and international businesses on compliance, competition, pricing, and dealer/distributor issues.  This work includes conducting investigations into allegations of anticompetitive conduct, managing distributor termination disputes, developing and implementing pricing/distribution policies, and training employees in competitively sensitive roles. 

In the higher education context, Harrison has represented colleges and universities in critically sensitive matters, including obtaining summary judgment in a $40 million traumatic brain injury case brought by a former student against his University, securing the dismissal in federal court of employment-related claims by a former professor, and handling litigation challenging schools’ administration of Title IX and related procedures.

“Sam is a seasoned litigator with a track record of wins for clients both inside and outside the courtroom and we are pleased to add him to our growing Business and Corporate Group, specifically in our downtown Philadelphia office,” Saxton & Stump CEO James W. Saxton said. “We are always focused on our client’s needs and Sam’s addition will only strengthen our groups, specifically in Antitrust, Title IX, and Higher Education.”

In 2023 and 2024, “Best Lawyers in America” named Harrison to its “Ones to Watch” list for commercial litigation. He is active with the American Bar Association’s Fraud Subcommittee of the Business Torts Committee, holding various leadership positions since 2020.

A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gettysburg College, he earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where he was a finalist in the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition and an executive editor of the school’s Journal of Business Law.  He previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Renée Marie Bumb of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Saxton & Stump’s strategic growth

The firm was named one of the fastest-growing law firms in Pennsylvania by The Legal Intelligencer in 2023. Overall, Saxton & Stump has grown to a team of more than 200 professionals, including more than 110 attorneys. Recently, the firm has added established groups dedicated to education, public finance, tax and tax controversyfranchising, licensing and distributioninvestigations and criminal defense, and environmental, workplace safety and utilities.  

The firm continues to grow based on its strategic plan for 2024 and will continue to expand its current team of lawyers and professionals, focusing on bringing additional resources to support client needs. 

Saxton & Stump provides solutions for complex legal issues and partners with clients to create a roadmap for their success. The firm is committed to empowering clients by delivering five-star service and results-focused advice.