Sam Cortina is an associate in the Litigation Department, with a focus on products liability and commercial litigation. Sam’s products liability work concentrates on mass tort defense in state and federal proceedings and on class action defense for consumer products manufacturers. He has also represented clients in a variety of intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets and patent infringement claims.
An important part of Sam’s practice is his dedication to pro bono clients. He has secured relief for his indigent clients in multiple arenas—asylum petitions, claims for malpractice, claims for constitutional violations—through successful motion practice, strategic discovery, depositions, and trial.
Sam is a regular contributor to the firm’s Class Dismissed blog, which provides class action and product insights on the latest defense news, developments, and trends that affect consumer-facing companies.
Prior to joining the firm, Sam clerked for the Honorable Sheryl H. Lipman in the Western District of Tennessee. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. While in law school, Sam worked as a research assistant to Professor Lawrence H. Tribe; served as the Co-President of the Harvard Mediation Program, training mediators and mediating legal disputes throughout the greater Boston community; and volunteered as a law clerk to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Sam is admitted to practice in California.
When Sam is not advocating for his clients, he is likely on a nearby dog beach throwing the ball for his rescue pup named Dinkie.
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