As Chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor practice, Samuel J. Samaro brings his extensive background in litigation and counseling to serve companies across a variety of industries. With more than 30 years of experience providing compliance advice and litigating labor and employment cases of all types, he is regarded for his strategic counsel and collaborative approach. 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.
Sam’s employment and labor practice is focused on the representation of management, including the strategic defense of discrimination claims, disability claims, retaliation, and whistleblower claims. He is adept at resolving sensitive matters, through litigation and alternative dispute resolution, regarding state and federal employment claims involving Title VII and New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). Additionally, he works with employers on contract negotiations, compensation disputes, and employment policies. Sam is diligent about staying current on the ever-changing rules and regulations facing employers and is equipped to advise clients on the most recent types of claims arising from pandemic-related issues such as vaccination mandates and remote work policies.
In addition, Sam practices in the area of 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. His team has had great success in these areas, representing companies large and small and recovering millions of dollars in recent years.
Sam has been involved in numerous matters involving high-impact issues, including the firm’s representation of 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.
Honors & Recognitions
- New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2009-2021
- Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
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News & Insights
- 3.28.11|EventPresenter 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.”
- 2.9.10|PublicationWilliam 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.
- 2009|PublicationThe 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.
- 2009|Publication"Fiduciary Duty,” New York University Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Issue 3, Spring 2009
- NJ OPRA Blog, 2.11.16
Community & Professional
- Past Member, District II-B Ethics Committee
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
B.A., Rutgers University, 1984, with highest honors
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