Samuel W. Wardle
Sam is a litigator who practices in the firm’s business litigation and appellate groups. Sam has significant experience in high-stakes litigation, including class actions, contract cases, internal corporate management disputes, accounting and financial malpractice, and personal injury and other tort disputes. As a former newspaper reporter, Sam has a particular interest in disputes involving the Freedom of Information Act and the Kentucky Open Records Act, and has represented clients in filing, as well as responding to, requests for public records.
Before joining Frost Brown Todd, Sam practiced as an associate in the Miami office of Morgan Lewis, an international firm, where he represented financial advisors and major banking institutions in civil and administrative actions. Sam also clerked for United States District Judge Paul C. Huck, in the Southern District of Florida. As a law clerk, Sam assisted in federal civil and criminal trials and pretrial disputes, as well as in the judge’s sittings by designation of the Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. Additionally, Sam served as the Southern District of Florida’s assigned clerk on major multinational products-liability multi-district matter involving some of the world’s largest companies.
Before he attended law school, Sam worked as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina, covering state and local politics, business, and sports. In 2009, he received a first-place award in deadline reporting from the North Carolina Press Association.
- From 2015 to 2016, Sam represented a prominent group of South Florida attorneys, financial advisors, and businesspeople who alleged that a service company had defrauded them of hundreds of thousands of dollars on false pretenses. After Sam took the deposition of the defendant company’s CEO, the defendant’s counsel immediately withdrew. Sam then argued for and obtained a default judgment for his clients’ full damages.
- In 2016, Sam argued for and obtained a full dismissal of a malicious prosecution charge against a Louisville attorney.
- In 2015, Sam drafted a motion to show cause why a state agency should not be held in contempt for violating a federal judge’s confidentiality order. Following a sealed hearing, the judge granted the motion and held the agency in contempt.
- From 2013 to 2014, Sam represented a human-trafficking victim on a pro bono basis. Sam successfully obtained dismissal of a criminal charge filed against the victim in California, convincing the prosecutors to pursue the traffickers instead.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Scholarship and Leadership Award, American Law Institute, 2013
- Bruce J. Winnick Award for Academic Achievement, University of Miami School of Law, 2012 and 2013
- First Place in Deadline Reporting, North Carolina Press Association, 2009