Hi, I’m Sam


If you just want to get in touch with me, please use this for personal correspondence or this for Lawyerist-related correspondence.

You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What I Do For Money

I am a writer, speaker, and lawyer. If you want all the details, here is my CV.



Lawyerist is an online magazine and home to a community of solo and small-firm lawyers. I started it in 2007 as a place for me to rant about bad legal software. It has since grown into a healthy business, and my day job. My main role is editor in chief, although I also develop the website.

Lawyerist now includes an email newsletter, a podcast, and a Q&A forum for lawyers.


I have litigated consumer issues in state and federal court in Minnesota, and I have represented small businesses. Now, I handle appeals and motion practice for individuals and in consultation with other lawyers.

What I Do For Service



I have served on the HOME Line board of directors since July 2008, and took on the role of President of the board in January 2014. I have been involved with HOME Line since I was in law school.

Volunteer Lawyers Network


I joined the Volunteer Lawyers Network board of directors in June 2010, after volunteering with VLN for years. At one point, I helped VLN design and implement a debt buyer clinic for consumers that was later integrated into VLN’s other clinics. In 2011, VLN even named me its Volunteer of the Year. I left the VLN board of directors after six years, in June 2016.

What I Look Like

If you are curious, or if you are hoping to recognize me when we meet for coffee instead of wandering around asking people if they are meeting someone from the Internet, here is what I look like: