Sam served as the managing member of Clawson and Staubes, LLC from 1983 through 2015. During this time, the firm grew from 4 attorneys in Charleston to almost 40 attorneys in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Charlotte. He is active in the tort defense of individuals, partnerships and corporations. Since 1980, he has tried numerous cases each year for a variety of different insurers.
A certified mediator, Sam has an interest in alternative dispute resolution. He was a pioneer in the development of binding summary jury trials as an alternative to binding arbitrations, and lectures frequently on the topic. He has been featured in the national edition of Lawyers Weekly, explaining the summary jury trial procedure in South Carolina. He has made presentations on this innovative method of dispute resolution to the New York Trial Lawyers Association and to the California State Bar.
Sam has also lectured on a variety of trial advocacy topics in SC and NY, on such topics as Opening Statements, Direct and Cross Examination of Lay Witnesses, Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses and Closing Arguments.
His primary focus now are mediations and focus groups.
Sam enjoys backpacking. He has hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He has hiked in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. In particular, he has enjoyed hiking with his daughter and has completed a two-week section hike with her on the AT starting in Damascus, Virginia, a one-week section hike starting at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and, in July, 2011 a five day AT section hike in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Sam is active in the field of International Missions and is the former co-chair of that committee at St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant. He has participated in mission trips to the Dominican Republic (1x), Venezuela (2x), Switzerland (1x), Honduras (1x) and Liberia (10x). In February, 2010, he was part of a team that opened, in partnership with St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Monrovia, Liberia, the J. Dwalu Kimber School in Brewerville, Liberia, which will serve a community of people who were displaced by the 15 years of civil war that ravaged the country. Most recently he visited Liberia in February, 2015 to re-establish contacts with clergy and friends at St Thomas after a 2 year absence as the country emerged from the Ebola crisis.
He has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnae at Campbell University and currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Board for the University. He formerly served on the Board of Advisors for the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University.
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- South Carolina, 1980
- North Carolina, 1997
- U. S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1981
- U. S. Supreme Court, 1983
- Wofford College, Bachelor of Arts, Government, 1970
- Campbell University, Norman A Wiggins School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1980
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Alumnae at Campbell University
- Presidential Advisory Board for Campbell University
- Best Lawyer, Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law, 2013, 2017, 2020
- Best Lawyer, Insurance Law, 2008-2020
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Campbell Law Review, 1978-1980
- Super Lawyer, since 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
- South Carolina Bar
- Charleston County Bar Association
- Berkeley County Bar Association
- Property - Public Documents in the Hands of Private Collectors, 1
- CAMPBELL L. REV. 179 (1979)
Sam has given numerous CLE's and presentations to the South Carolina Bar and across the country (including New York and California) on issues, such as summary jury trials, direct and cross examination of lay witnesses, opening and closing statements, and trial tactics.
- South Carolina Certified Mediator, 2007