Nov. 21, 2023
Sam’s practice includes representing clients in commercial litigation and securities matters. In 2017, he was recognized as a Top 20 Under 40 Young Professional by the Haitian-America Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Why did you select your practice area?
I've always had an affinity for business and finance, so a practice focused on securities defense and commercial litigation seemed to be a natural fit. I enjoy learning about new industries and subject matters, so a practice in commercial litigation which requires that I familiarize myself with our client's business to better represent them seemed to make the most sense.
What is one piece of advice you would give to individuals who want to get into this industry?
The practice of law is first and foremost a service industry, a service, especially in the context of litigation, your clients would prefer not having to avail themselves of. Your client believes they have been wronged or are being accused of doing wrong, either of which requires that they be treated with empathy and patience. There is space to provide honest counsel while understanding your client's angst and frustration, as well as being a zealous advocate.
At this point in your career, what would you say has been your biggest accomplishment?
I've been involved with a number of cases that have settled favorably for my clients. Those clients have been incredibly grateful for our representation but were also relieved that the litigation was settled. Litigation is stressful for clients, to know that our representation can bring reprieve from that stress is fulfilling.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mother immigrated to the United States from Haiti. She worked as a housekeeper, eventually put herself through nursing school. As a single mother, she sacrificed so that I could have the opportunities that I have had in my life. All of my accomplishments to date, and those moving forward, are to honor the sacrifices that she made. She is, and will continue to be, my greatest inspiration.
What inspired you to become an attorney or policy advisor?
The community leaders and change agents that I admired most were lawyers. I soon realized that the practice of law equips professionals to approach situations from a unique perspective, and provides a skillset to address complex issues. Whether it is defending a client in a lawsuit, researching a nuanced area of the law to advise a client, or tackling a community issue, lawyers think creatively and are unintimated by the complexity of the challenge.
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