Sam’s practice is focused upon clients in transition. He helps them with acquisitions, debt restructuring, refinancing, workouts and turnarounds. Sam represents both healthy and troubled companies. These solutions have included: sales inside and outside of bankruptcy, refinancing, workouts, Chapter 11 reorganizations and compromises with state and local taxing authorities. He also counsels individuals and companies in wealth protection strategies.
Sam represents municipalities and the organizations with which they do business. His experience includes general obligation bonds, tax increment financing bonds, private/public partnerships, utility rate adjustments, annexation, redevelopment grants and general regulatory matters.
Sam also represents companies before taxing authorities and regulatory agencies. His experience includes the defense of DEA initiated civil forfeitures, tax audits and tax collection.
Sam is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Indiana State Bar Association (2014-2015 Chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee) and the Indianapolis Bar Association. He is also the treasurer for the Indiana Association for Corporate Renewal. Sam is a frequent author and lecturer on financing and restructuring topics. He is certified in business bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification and serves as one of its directors. He is admitted to state and federal courts in Indiana.
Sam currently serves as a director on the boards of Music for All, a national music advocacy organization based in Indianapolis and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Indiana. He has also advised, on a pro bono basis, Art With A Heart, the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Partners in Housing and Trusted Mentors. Sam has helped several not-for-profit organizations obtain 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. He regularly helps boards and board members of troubled charities navigate their problems while protecting their officers and members.
Sam is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization, Tax Litigation and Controversy and Banking and Finance. He was honored by Best Lawyers® as "Lawyer of the Year" in the Indianapolis market: in 2018 for Litigation-Banking and Finance, in 2017 for Litigation-Bankruptcy and in 2016 for Litigation and Controversy-Tax. He has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights since 2010. He has also earned an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized in 2017 as “Platinum Client Champion”.
Best Lawyers in America® - 2018 Indianapolis Lawyer of the Year: Banking and Finance Litigation
Best Lawyers in America® - 2017 Indianapolis Lawyer of the Year: Bankruptcy Litigation.
Best Lawyers in America® - 2016 Indianapolis Lawyer of the Year: Tax Litigation and Controversy.
Honoree, Best Lawyers in America® (2012 – present)
Indiana Super Lawyers - Recognized in the 2010-2018 editions for Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights or Business and Finance. Super Lawyers recognizes the top 5% of lawyers in Indiana through a peer review process.
Martindale-Hubbell - AV rated since 2002. Recognized in 2017 as a “Platinum Client Champion” based upon client reviews. Martindale-Hubbell rates lawyers for both competency and ethics through a peer review process. AV rating denotes “Preeminent,” the highest rating offered.
Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification and recognized by the Indiana Supreme Court. Applicants are required to: (1) have not less than 5 years of experience, (2) have participated in no fewer than 30 contested matters, (3) have 9 attorney references familiar with their work and (4) have passed a rigorous written examination. Certified by the ABC since 2006.
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- Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law (1986)
- Indiana University Kelley School of Business (M.B.A., Finance) (1990)
- Indiana University (B.A., Political Science) (1982)
- State - Indiana
- Federal - Northern District of Indiana
- Federal - Southern District of Indiana
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Indiana State Bar Association
Chair of Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Section (2016)
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell)
- American Board of Certification
- Indiana Association for Corporate Renewal
- Indiana University
Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department
- Music for All
- Trusted Mentors
- Art With A Heart
- Myers for Greenwood
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Director and Secretary
- Midwest Clinic for Band and Orchestra