Sam Davidoff is a civil and criminal trial lawyer. On the criminal side, Sam represents companies and individuals under indictment or investigation. Most recently, he was lead defense counsel in a first-degree murder trial in Maryland. On the civil side, Sam has represented well-known technology companies in litigation and arbitration involving intellectual property, antitrust, and licensing. Sam has also counseled multiple individuals responding to Congressional inquiries and other government investigations, including chief executive officers and cabinet-level government officials.
A native of Morristown, New Jersey, Sam received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1999 and his JD from Yale Law School in 2003. Before joining Williams & Connolly LLP in 2008, Sam served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill of the District of Connecticut and worked at a major New York law firm.
- Lead trial counsel in the pro bono defense of an individual charged with first degree murder and conspiracy in Montgomery County, Maryland
- Represented current government officials subpoenaed for depositions by House Financial Services Committee in connection with multiple investigations
- Represented multiple individuals in connection with FCPA investigation by DOJ and SEC of oilfield services company
- Trial counsel for Samsung Electronics at an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration hearing regarding a fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) license to standard-essential patents (SEPs) related to 3G and 4G cellular technology
- Ongoing representation of Takata Corporation in a multi-district litigation pending in the Eastern District of Michigan relating to anticompetitive conduct in the automotive parts industry
- Ongoing representation of AOL Inc. in patent litigation in the District of Delaware relating to search technology
- Represented Google Inc. in several patent litigation matters, including in the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Virginia, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
- Trial counsel in the defense of a chain of for-profit trade schools accused of fraud and deceptive trade practices.
Law Clerk, Judge Stefan R. Underhill, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2004-2005