Sam is a trial lawyer who represents clients in sophisticated disputes including white-collar criminal defense and a wide range of commercial matters. Sam helps clients resolve their most critical disputes.
Sam has extensive experience representing individual and corporate clients in commercial matters; contract; Uniform Commercial Code; limited liability company/partnership; real estate; and eminent domain. Sam believes in rigorous case evaluation and prepares each case for trial.
Sam has successfully defended numerous individuals who have fallen into crises and have been charged with serious crimes such as wire and mail fraud, tax fraud, racketeering, firearm offenses, money laundering, identity theft, health care fraud, and environmental and regulatory offenses. Sam serves clients in all phases of the criminal process including audits, investigations, grand jury proceedings, pretrial proceedings, and trial. Sam is regularly called on by civil litigators to consult and assist in cases with potential criminal exposure.
Prior to joining Goebel Anderson, Sam was a partner at a large Salt Lake law firm, senior litigation counsel for an electric utility, and worked for a boutique trial firm.
- Loyola University Chicago, J.D.2003
- University of Utah, B.A. 1999
- AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- "Legal Elite," Criminal Law, Utah Business Magazine * 2022
- Salt Lake County Bar Executive Committee
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Pro-Mold v. ESI Extrusion Srvs., 81 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d 72 (2013) (summary judgment under uniform commercial code)
- Trans-Western Petroleum, Inc. v. U.S. Gypsum Co., 584 F.3d 988 (10th Cir. 2009) (breach of oil and gas lease)
- Mack v. Utah Division of Securities, 221 P.3d 194 (Utah 2009) (affirmed injunction preventing prosecution by agency)
- United States v. Hairup, 565 F. Supp.2d 1309 (D. Utah 2008) (dismissal of indictment alleging aggravated identity theft
- Bacon v PacifiCorp (D. Utah 2022) (defeated claim for $10.0 M in damages arising from induced voltage shock. Court found no liability.)
- PacifiCorp v. Vineyard Properties of Utah (eminent domain bench trial)
- Rocky Mountain Power v. Barker (eminent domain jury trial)
- Rocky Mountain Power v. Hillam (eminent domain jury trial)
- Rocky Mountain Power v. Woodard (eminent domain jury trial)
- Trans-Western Petroleum v. United States Gypsum Company (oil and gas bench trial)
- United States v. DeHerrera (felony jury trial)
- Syndicate Exchange Corporation v. Crusher (commercial bench trial)