The most successful businesses don't just outperform their competitors. They redefine the terms of competition by embracing new and different ideas while their rivals choose to maintain the status quo. Given the intense competition in today's marketplace, litigation often plays a significant role in shaping a business's bottom line. This is true whether the business is advancing its interests or defending them. Who will shoulder the task?
Sam Joyner is a West Point graduate and former Airborne Infantry Ranger with over twenty years of experience in building valuable, trusting relationships. The value of relationships based on individualized concern and self-sacrifice was instilled in Sam as an army officer, where decisions regularly involved life or death matters. When Sam became an attorney, he carried with him those same beliefs. As one of his first clients said: "If we can trust you with our lives, we can certainly trust you with our legal problems."
Sam is passionate about two things. Building extraordinary trust with the clients he serves and delivering value and bottom line results when quality interactions matter.
Sam focuses his practice on complex litigation disputes in federal and state courts arising in areas of breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, infringement,theft of trade secrets, antitrust, RICO, andregulatory compliance:
- Defended company in patent infringement case involving pay-at-the-the-table tablet.
- Defended company in patent infringement case involving tracking software. Represented company in an action to prevent former employee from using, disclosing, or retaining the company's confidential information and trade secrets that former employee obtained by virtue of employment.
- Represented company in a trade secret misappropriation action involving its proprietary algorithm.
- Represented company in an action against a municipality for violating Texas Local Government Code and its stated policy to involve Minority and Women Business Enterprises in the municipality's contracts.
- Represented photographer to enforce copyright regarding photograph of Johnny Manziel.
- Represented property owner in action to remove fraudulent lien.
- Represented company in a patent case involving aerial or vehicle-based mapping systems.
- Defended funeral home before Texas Funeral Service Commission by demonstrating its compliance with all state and federal laws and rules governing funeral service providers.
- Represented plaintiff to enforce patent rights relating to Hall Effect magnetic sensors.
- Defended distributor in a design patent case involving plastic strainers.
- Defended utility cooperative in an antitrust action filed in Texas state court by a real estate developer.
- Defended corporate officer subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding its criminal investigation of the packaged ice industry.
- Defended the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements against multiple price fixing, monopolization, and price discrimination claims (403 F. Supp. 2d 411; 437 F. Supp. 2d 344).
- Defended the world's third largest auction house in a RICO action filed by a former independent contractor.
University of Tulsa College of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
Editor-in-Chief, Tulsa Law Review
Order of the Curule Chair
Order of Barristers
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
B.S., Systems Engineering, 1994
Judicial Internship, Judge Thomas R. Brett, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 1993
Honors and Distinctions
Texas Super Lawyer, 2014-2017
Appointed Member, Dallas Bar Association Judicial Committee, 2015
Leadership Dallas Class Advisor, 2011
Leadership Dallas Graduate, 2010
YP Ambassador and Connecting Committee Member, Young Professionals of Greater Dallas Chamber, 2006-2011
Texas Rising Star, 2004
Airborne Infantry Ranger, 1995-1999
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Speaker, Impact of Bankruptcy on IP Litigation and Licensing, Oklahoma Bar Association's 2016 Intellectual Property Law Seminar and Midyear Meeting (2016).
Speaker, Working in Law Firms - What's the Difference Between Small, Medium and Large Firms?, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (2013)
Speaker, Luck Doesn't Get You to the Bar, The University of Tulsa College of Law, Professionalism Day (2012)
Contributor, Clarity and Confusion: RICO's Recent Trips to the United States Supreme Court, 85 TUL. L. REV. 677 (2011)
Co-Author, Nonperformance of Contractual Obligations Resulting From the Restricted Credit Market: Is There a Way Out?, TEXAS LAWYER (June 1, 2009)
Co-Author, Annual RICO Update, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION JOURNAL (Summer 2008)
Speaker, State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section's Civil RICO Seminar (2008)
Co-Author, Annual RICO Update, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION JOURNAL (Summer 2007)
Co-Author, Annual RICO Update, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Summer 2006)
Contributor, Annual RICO Update, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Summer 2005)
Co-Author, 2004 Annual Survey of Texas Class Action Cases, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Winter 2005)
Contributor, Annual RICO Update, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Spring 2004)
Contributor, 2003 Annual Survey of Texas Class Action Cases, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Winter 2004)
Contributor, Annual RICO Update, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Spring 2003)
Contributor, 2002 Annual Review of Texas Class Action Cases, TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Winter 2003)
Contributor, Parsing Civil RICO: An Outline of Pleading and Proof Requirements for Fraud-Based Claims Under 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c), TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION (Fall 2001)
Author, Tulsa Law Journal Name Change, TULSA LAW MAGAZINE (Fall 2001)
Author, Pregnant? CONGRATULATIONS . . . You're Fired! Extending the Burk Public Policy Tort to Pregnancy Discrimination After Collier v. Insignia Financial Group?, 36 TULSA L.J. 677 (2001)