Samuel J. Samaro


Samuel J. Samaro


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Samuel Samaro's background is in employment litigation and counseling, and he still devotes about half of his time to that work. He has 30 years of experience providing compliance advice and litigating labor and employment cases of all types, including discrimination claims, disability claims, compensation disputes and contract actions. He is the chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment practice.

Over the past decade, Sam's practice has gradually evolved into other areas of litigation as well, particularly commercial torts, where he has represented companies, primarily as plaintiffs, against businesses and individuals who have committed fraud, stolen or misused company assets, overcharged for services, interfered with contracts, violated intellectual property rights, or refused to pay debts without legitimate basis. The team he leads has had great success in these areas, representing companies large and small and recovering millions of dollars in recent years.

In 2015, Sam represented a major New Jersey media company before the Supreme Court of New Jersey in an access to government records case. The resulting opinion, North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. Township of Lyndhurst, 229 N.J. 541 (2017), is one of the most significant Open Public Records Act decisions in New Jersey history.

Sam has been designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey since 2008 and has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee since it was established in 2010.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Past Member, District II-B Ethics Committee


  • Op. Ed.: “The Odyssey of Rudolph Eisner,” New Jersey Law Journal - Opinion, November 11, 2019
  • Op. Ed.: “Nineteen Heads,” New Jersey Law Journal - Opinion, October 11, 2018
  • Op. Ed.: “Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence,” Law 360 Expert Analysis - Opinion, May 15, 2018
  • Op. Ed.: “A Critique of the Unpublished Per Curiam Opinion,” New Jersey Law Journal, October 16, 2017
  • “Identifying & Addressing Procurement Fraud,” Meadowlands USA Newsletter, August 2016
  • Op. Ed.: “Transparency of Police Conduct Consistent with Public’s Right to Know,” 221 N.J.L.J. 1367, November 2, 2015
  • “How Independent Are Owner-Operators?,” The Journal of Commerce Magazine, February 27, 2012
  • “William Paterson U. Pays $1-Million to Settle Gender-Bias Lawsuit,” Interview for article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Labor & Work-Life Issues, February 9, 2010.
  • “The Case for Fiduciary Duty as a Restraint on Employer Opportunism Under Sales Commission Agreements,” Chapter 15, Compensation, Work Hours and Benefits, Proceedings of the New York University 57th Annual Conference on Labor, Kluwer Int’l., 2009.
  • “Fiduciary Duty,” New York University Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Issue 3, Spring 2009
  • “A Hostile Workplace,” Interview for article on Chemical & Engineering News, November 16, 2009
  • “The Case for Fiduciary Duty as a Restraint on Employer Opportunism Under Sales Commission Agreements,” 8 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 441, 2006. Cited by, RESTATEMENT of EMPLOYMENT LAW § 3.04, Reporters’ Notes, cmt. b (2015).
  • “Pregnancy Leave Ruling Misses the Mark,” 182 N.J.L.J. 164, 2005


  • Presenter at the American Chemical Society Annual Conference on “Recognizing and Preventing a Hostile Work Environment” with a presentation on “Focusing on Disrespect Instead of Sex in the Analysis of Gender Harassment,” March 28, 2011.

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • B.A., Rutgers University, with highest honors, 1984
  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1988
  • LL.M (Labor and Employment Law), New York University School of Law, 2005, Recipient: Seymour Goldstein Award for Distinction in Labor and Employment Law Program

Honors and Accolades

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2009-2021
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent

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