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Samuel J. Samaro


Samuel J. Samaro


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Samuel Samaro is the Chair of the firm’s employment practice and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has extensive experience litigating labor and employment cases of all types, including discrimination claims, disability claims, compensation disputes and contract actions. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. He has been designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. His success as a trial lawyer has led clients to ask Mr. Samaro to get involved in matters outside of employment law, and over time his practice has evolved to include the litigation of other types of high-stakes commercial disputes.

Recent Representative Matters

Commercial Cases:

  • In the summer of 2011, a large industrial corporation hired Mr. Samaro to assist in the prosecution of an environment insurance coverage case after it was forced to terminate its prior counsel. Two years later, that case settled in the client’s favor for over 11 million dollars. A companion case against the lawyer Mr. Samaro replaced was tried by Mr. Samaro in September of 2013, resulting a jury verdict finding that the firm committed malpractice and denying it over a million dollars in attorneys fees. The result was affirmed on appeal on February 22, 2016.
  • In 2010, a major media company hired Mr. Samaro to commence litigation against a competitor who was interfering with the client’s relationships with advertisers. Over the ensuing three years of litigation, the interference was forcibly stopped and the competitor forced to pay significant damages.

Employment Law Cases:

  • In February of 2014, Mr. Samaro tried a race discrimination case on behalf of one of New Jersey’s largest real estate developers. Despite the fact that the case was venued in one of the least hospitable counties in New Jersey for defendants, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the developer in under an hour.
  • In December of 2010, the Elizabeth Board of Education was hit with a million dollar verdict in a disability and workers compensation discrimination case. Mr. Samaro was retained to file the appeal, which in December of 2012, resulted in a reversal of the verdict and the striking of the most significant evidence supporting the plaintiff’s claims.
  • In a case that received significant media attention, Mr. Samaro represented two female chemistry professors who were denied tenure at William Paterson University. The case exposed wide-spread discrimination occurring over many years in the university’s chemistry department, and in February of 2010, it settled for over a million dollars.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Past Member, District II-B Ethics Committee


  • 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, 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
  • “Is 40 the New 50? Do the Discrimination Math,” Interview for article, JOBSINTHEMONEY.COM, January 20, 2005
  • “Is Your Boss a Bully?” Interview for article, JOBSINTHEMONEY.COM, September 27, 2005
  • “Medical Leave Under the Discrimination Laws,” 171 N.J.L.J. 1113, 2003
  • “The Jungle/Focus on Recruitment, Pay and Getting Ahead,” Interview for article, The Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2003
  • “Plans in Place to Guard Reservists’ Jobs,” Interview for article, The Bergen Record, February 18, 2003
  • “Employment Provisions for Citizen-Soldiers,” Interview for article, WORKWISE, By Mildred L. Culp, April 8, 2003
  • “Suing for Retaliation – Does it Pay?” Interview for article, WORKWISE, By Mildred L. Culp, November 16, 2003
  • “Uncertainty About Going to War with Iraq Increases Employer Military Leave Concerns,” Interview for article, BNA Human Resources Report, November 4, 2002
  • “Defense Verdict in Federal Court Discrimination Case,” Article describing Samaro verdict in New Jersey Employment Law Reporter, December, 2001


  • 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


  • Selected for the New Jersey Super Lawyers list for the 2009-2017 editions

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