Sam practices in a wide range of areas including premises liability, product liability, employer-related intentional tort, general casualty, professional liability, auto insurance defense and asbestos litigation. Sam has handled numerous cases defending clients and insurance carriers throughout the state of Ohio in the Courts of Common Pleas and Federal District Courts. His experience includes all phases of litigation through trial and the appellate courts.
Sam is a member of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, Inc. (IALDA). He is actively involved in Marshall Dennehey's Amusement, Sports and Entertainment Practice Group and handles matters involving water parks, amusement parks and rides, roller skating and other amusement and recreational issues in Ohio.
Significant Representative Matters
Successfully sought summary judgment in high-profile cases involving significant and permanent injuries where the demands were in excess of $1 million throughout the Courts of Common Pleas of Ohio.
Hunter v. Shenango Furnace Company. Successfully argued that the Statute of Limitations for an employment-related intentional tort is a two-year Statute of Limitation.
Criss v. Springfield Township. Successfully argued as part of the litigation team that a lie detector test, originally excluded, was evidence to show probable cause in a malicious prosecution and false arrest action. The Supreme Court agreed and reversed the jury verdict and remanded the case back to the trial court, reversing a multimillion dollar jury verdict.
Areas of Practice
"Open, Obvious, & Ohio," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June, 2010
"Two Bites At The Apple," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June, 2010
"Ohio Supreme Court Limits Damages," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 3, September, 2008
"Doing Business in Ohio - Some Good News For Pennsylvania Employer," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September, 2006
"Ohio's Continued Tort Reform Adventure: Caps, Seatbelts, Collateral Source, and More," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September, 2005
"Insurer's Beware! Watch Out For Those Assignments When Settling Claims!," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September, 2005
"When An Expert Cannot Be An Expert," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 4, December, 2004
"Intentional Torts and Coverage For Workplace Torts In Ohio," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December, 2003
"The Trend In Construing The Ohio Employer Intentional Tort Exception - A Consistent, Workable Standard Or Confusing, Expansive Quandary?," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December, 2003
"What Goes Around Comes Around: An Ohio Court Allows Evidence Against Plaintiff's Doctor, Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 4, August, 2001
"All In The Family - Ohio Recognizes The Right Of Adult Emancipated Children To Recover For Loss Of Parental Consortium," Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 3, June, 2001
When A Picture May Not Be Worth A Thousand Words - Photographic Evidence In Low-Impact Collisions In Ohio,” Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 2, April, 2001
"Ohio Enters Uncharted Waters," Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 6, December, 2000
"Civil Rule 35 Examinations, Law Office Practice Series," Ohio - Chapter Contribution (Co-Author)
Criss v. Springfield Tp., 538 N.E.2d 406 (Ohio 1989
Criss v. Springfield Township, 566 N.E.2d 1232 (Ohio 1991)
Forste v. Oakview Construction, Inc., 5516 (Ohio 2009
McGee v. Lowe's Home CTRS., 4981 (Ohio 2007)
O'Brien v. Bob Evans Farms, Inc., 6948 (Ohio 2004)
Davidson v. Forshaw Distribution, Inc., 2869 (Ohio 2004
Ruvolo Homovich, 5852 (Ohio 2002)
Budich v. Reece, 2008-Ohio-3630, 2008-Ohio App., LEXIS 3070 (July 23, 2008
Aldridge v. Reckart Equipment Co., 2006-Ohio-4964, 2006-Ohio App. LEXIS 4904, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. P17579, discretionary appeal not allowed by Aldridge v. Reckart Equipment Co., 2007-Ohio-3699, 2007-Ohio LEXIS 1803 (Ohio, July 25, 2007)
Caldwell v. Petersburg Stone Co., 2005-Ohio-6793, 2005-Ohio App. LEXIS 6119 (December 16, 2005)
McGuinea v. Ganley Nissan, Inc., 2005-Ohio-6239, 2005-Ohio App. LEXIS 5629 (November 23, 2005
Timothy M. Johnson v. Tim Hundley, 2005-Ohio-6812, 2003-Ohio App. LEXIS 6161 (December 17, 2003
Conese v. Nichols, 131 Ohio App. 3d 308; 722 N.E. 2d 541, 1998 Ohio-App. LEXIS 965, 26 Media L. Rep. 1907 (March 13, 1998)
Paralegal Studies, Adjunct Instructor, College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995 - 1999
University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio, 1986 J.D.
Grove City College, 1983 B.A.
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Economics, High Honors
Honors: History, Highest Honors
Areas of Practice
- University of Akron School of Law (J.D., 1986)
- Grove City College (B.A., cum laude, 1983)
- Ohio, 1986
- U.S District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1986
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987
- U.S District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2004
Associations & Memberships
- Grove City College Board of Trustees Chair, Governance Committee
- Grove City College, 1990 - 2004 Alumni Council
- Grove City College, 1997 - 1999 President, Alumni Association
- Grove City College, 1998 – Present, Trustee
- Grove City College Board of Trustees, 2006 – Present, Member, Executive Committee
- Marva Collins Prep School, 1996 - Present Trustee
- Ohio State Bar Association, Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee
- NRRDA - National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association, Member
- IALDA - International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, Member