Sam Stern is a litigator and trial lawyer specializing in civil and criminal litigation.

Prior to founding Stern LLC, he previously worked at Kobre & Kim LLP, in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney, and as a state prosecutor in Florida and New Jersey.

He is the author of the book The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Examination (Skyhorse Publishing).

Additionally, Sam teaches trial advocacy to law students and experienced lawyers at the University of Miami School of Law and at the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.



  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey

  • Assistant State Attorney, Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office

  • Assistant Prosecutor, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office

Private Practice

  • Kobre & Kim LLP

Representative Cases

  • Dr. Salomon Melgen, charged with health care fraud in Florida and with bribery of Senator Robert Menendez in New Jersey. Served as trial counsel, obtaining initial 10-2 deadlock and subsequent dismissal of the Indictment in New Jersey case.

  • The former wife and daughter in an inter-family dispute over a guardianship and subsequent +$100 million estate in Naples, Florida.

  • A senior Volkswagen employee charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Clean Air Act in the VW emissions investigation.

  • A medical device company and its officers in an investigation by the SEC and obtaining a non-scienter fraud settlement after receiving a pre-representation 10-b5 Wells notice.

  • A senior in-house lawyer of an orthopedic device company in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation by the DOJ and SEC.

  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) against multiple Wall Street banks in litigation concerning mortgage-backed securities.

  • A former CEO of a healthcare provider in an investigation being conducted by the Public Corruption Unit of the State Attorney’s Office.

  • A former COO of a healthcare chain in a DOJ investigation of the anti-kickback statute resulting from eight separate qui tam actions.

  • An Individual charged in the USAO SDFL “Shell Factory” investigation.


  • Florida

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • District of Columbia


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A.

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