Mr. Sample was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Wildham Scholarship awarded to those students showing extraordinary promise in the study of law, and received a full academic scholarship to attend Southwestern University School of Law. During law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Award as the top ranked student in corporate law, and was a member of Southwestern University Law Review. He graduated with Cum Laude honors in the top 10% of his class.
After graduating law school, Mr. Sample was admitted to the bar 1994 and joined Demler, Armstrong and Rowland in 1996. He has focused his practice on the litigation of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and has defended numerous elevator and escalator companies, and corporate clients, including Westfield malls, Pacific Theatres, GlaxoSmithKline, L’Oreal Group, Taco Bell, and Starbucks, as well as individual policyholders under general liability and personal lines policies. Mr. Sample also has extensive experience in bad faith litigation and handled hundreds of bad faith suits arising from the Northridge earthquake on behalf of Safeco and 20th/21st Century Insurance Company. Further, he has represented some insurance broker malpractice cases involving the failure to obtain proper coverages for businesses, and has separately handled medical malpractice cases for injured patients.
Mr. Sample has amassed an impressive win-loss trial record over the course of his career, with defense verdicts obtained on behalf of his clients in 13 of his 15 jury trials.
Recently, in Tapia v. Orji, Mr. Sample defended a driver sued by a family of five who claimed they suffered disabling injuries after being hit from behind when they had slowed for construction zone traffic. Plaintiffs claimed the defendant’s insurer had acted in bad faith by failing to settle within the policy limits and sought to expose the defendant to an excess verdict. During trial, plaintiffs’ counsel argued his clients had suffered life changing injuries, including one plaintiff who had undergone a shoulder surgery, and another who alleged severe neurological impairments. Although defendant admitted rear-ending the plaintiffs’ vehicle, Mr. Sample convinced the jury that the plaintiffs’ vehicle had stopped before there was any real hazard on the freeway, and that his client’s view of the plaintiffs’ car was obscured until the last minute by a truck that changed lanes just before his client had rear-ended the plaintiffs. After just over an hour of deliberation, the jury agreed and returned an 11-1 defense verdict.
- Southwestern University, School of Law, JD, 1994
- California State University, Long Beach, BA in Business Finance, 1990
- California, 1994
- United States District Court, Central District of California