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Title/s: Attorney, Ellis Legal, P.C.
As an associate at Ellis Legal, P.C., Samantha represents clients in a wide array of commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret, and fraud claims. Prior to joining her firm, Samantha served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, she completed numerous jury trials, acting as first chair trial counsel on all but one of them. She additionally conducted over 500 bench trials, substantive motions, and contested hearings relating to both civil and criminal disputes. While assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division of the State’s Attorney’s Office, Samantha drafted appellate briefs and defended convictions in more than 20 cases involving serious felonies such as Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and Armed Habitual Criminal charges. Samantha also presented oral argument in the First District Court of Appeals, where she successfully defended and upheld felony convictions of complex financial crimes including stringing of bids and money laundering.
Outside of her work at Ellis Legal, Samantha serves on the Committee for the Howlett Cup, an annual mock trial tournament dedicated to fostering community among a diverse group of Chicago area Catholic high school students. While a student at Loyola, Samantha was twice awarded the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in trial advocacy. She was asked to serve as a coach for that same program following graduation, a post she now proudly holds. While in the Fellowship, Samantha earned National Championships at both the 2012 and 2013 William W. Daniels National Invitational, and Regional Championships at both the 2013 and 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament. She was also honored with the Best Advocate Award at the 2013 William W. Daniels National Invitational.
BA, Flagler College, 2011
JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2014
Corboy I & II