Sam is the co-chair of Saxton & Stump’s Higher Education Group and litigates complex commercial matters for clients across the country, with significant experience in higher education, antitrust, and class action litigation.

In the higher education context, colleges and universities regularly rely on Sam in their most critical litigation. On behalf of these clients, he has obtained summary judgment in a $40 million traumatic brain injury case alleged by a former student against his University, secured the dismissal in federal court of employment-related claims by a former professor, successfully resolved litigation stemming from the Title IX processes, obtained favorable rulings on complex charitable immunity issues, and litigated a multi-action suit regarding the disposition of a charitable trust and relocation of a college campus.  He has represented colleges and universities in trial and appellate courts, as well as mediation and administrative forums.

In the competition and class action contexts, Sam has won Sherman Act and competition-related lawsuits on behalf of his clients in federal court and arbitration, as well as defeated class actions at the pleadings, summary judgment and class certification stages. He regularly defends franchisors, distributors, and technology companies in commercial contract, RICO, consumer protection, data protection, and fraud suits (including class actions).  He co-authors the Third Circuit Chapter of the American Bar Association’s Survey of Federal Class Action Law.

Outside the courtroom, Sam regularly counsels domestic and international businesses on compliance, competition 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.

A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gettysburg College, Sam 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 of the school’s Journal of Business Law. Sam also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Renée Marie Bumb of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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