Sam concentrates his practice on advising multinational companies in the defense of products liability litigation outside the United States. With more than 10 years of international litigation experience, he has successfully defended novel and complex litigation in a range of jurisdictions around the world, from those that have well-developed tort law and class action rules to countries that have no previous history of products liability or complex tort litigation. From a foundation that includes significant experience in high-stakes U.S. products liability litigation, Sam works with multinational clients and their national litigation counsel to develop and implement winning defense strategies.
Examples of recent litigation successes include:
- the defense of the first-ever smoking and health case in Kazakhstan, in which the case went from service of the claim to a decision on the merits in 31 days;
- the pre-trial dismissal of a major products liability class action in Israel;
- the pre-trial dismissal of an individual smoking and health case in Israel; and
- the defense of three individual smoking and health cases in Finland.
Sam also counsels multinational clients on document management and e-discovery. He has experience with cross-border document collections and productions for litigation outside the United States. Sam is an original member of the Sedona Conference’s international e-discovery working group.
Sam’s experience in U.S. litigation includes representing one of the nation’s largest tobacco manufacturers in health care cost recovery actions filed by state attorneys general. He was also on the team that tried that first-ever individual lawsuit alleging disease resulting from exposure to passive smoke. He acted as regional counsel for a cigarette manufacturer, overseeing prosecution of the company’s counterfeit cigarette litigation. Sam has also defended pharmaceutical clients in national product liability litigation.
Gregory L. Fowler, Samuel B. Sebree II, and Marc E. Shelley, Seeking Discovery in U.S. Courts to Aid in Foreign Proceedings, DRI Europe eNews, September 2007.
Sam has given presentations on legal developments and case preparation to clients and counsel all over the world. He has been involved in class action seminars for clients and counsel in the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East.