Samantha is a member of Stein Mitchell’s Commercial Litigation group. She has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters in arbitration and before federal and state courts, including advising companies in non-compete and non-solicitation enforcement, representing a client seeking specific performance of an eight-figure real estate transaction, and defending companies facing wrongful termination actions, breach of contract claims, and other commercial disputes. Samantha has also represented clients in proceedings adverse to the federal government and a civil action commenced under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Samantha’s diverse experience spans all phases of litigation including briefing and motions practice, fact development and investigation, discovery management, depositions, witness preparation, and trial.

Prior to joining Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP, Samantha served as counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where she advised the Assistant Secretary on significant legal and policy issues including complex statutory and regulatory standards, changes in case law, proposed regulations concerning civil rights compliance, and the conduct of civil rights investigations.


Notre Dame Law School

  • JD., May 2018

University of Missouri

  • B.A. in English, magna cum laude, December 2014


  • Missouri
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Patrick K. Donnelly v. ProPharma Group (District of Delaware): Trial counsel for pharmaceutical consulting services company in breach of contract suit brought by a former board member, seeking several million in claimed compensation. Conducted direct examination of two key fact witnesses and, after a four-day jury trial, secured a complete defense verdict.
  • Trial counsel for real estate development firm seeking specific performance of an eight-figure real estate transaction in multi-week bench trial.  Successfully cross-examined two key opposing witnesses before client reached a favorable settlement mid-trial.   
  • Litigation counsel for a leading healthcare private equity firm in a breach of contract dispute with former consultant and Chief Executive Officer of one of its portfolio companies. After obtaining positive ruling on dispositive motions which reduced the damages by more than $7.5 million, client reached a favorable settlement on the eve of trial which included no monies paid out to former consultant and CEO.
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