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Sam R. Welch

San Francisco

Sam R. Welch

Sam Welch takes complicated facts, intricate laws, and unique procedural postures, understands them quickly, and presents compelling and decisive narratives to courts around the country.

Sam works closely with his clients, including Fortune 500 companies, large banks, and top executives, in order to understand their business, their concerns and their goals, and to help them navigate the court system confidently. He focuses on internal investigations, white collar crime, and complex commercial litigation.

Sam was raised in the Sierra Nevadas and developed his interpersonal skills while guiding river trips around the West. At Dartmouth, Sam studied government, the environment, and music. At Berkeley Law, Sam studied copyright and intellectual property, receiving a certificate in Law and Technology, and honors in Privacy Law, IP in the Entertainment Industries, and Video Games and Social Media Law. He lives in Oakland and still occasionally guides river trips on the weekends.

Representative Experience

Assisted on an internal investigation alleging that a Fortune 500 company had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. No charges were brought.

Assisted with a cartel internal investigation involving an international bank, seven regulatory bodies, and a transatlantic team of lawyers.

Obtained a favorable result for an international insurance group that was sued for US$20m arising out of bad faith denial of benefits.

Obtained a dismissal for a large food company improperly sued for violating California's Prop. 65.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2014
  • B.A. Environmental Studies and Government, cum laude, Dartmouth College, 2010


  • Board of Advocates (Trademark Appellate Advocacy, Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
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