Samuel Josephs is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who focuses on white-collar criminal matters and government enforcement actions, as well as complex civil litigation. Sam has defended individuals in matters involving securities and investment fraud, healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, false statements, and identity theft. He has successfully represented clients in hundreds of federal and state criminal cases and argued numerous appeals in the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining private practice, Sam spent four-and-a-half-years as a Trial Deputy with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. Since joining private practice, he has been consistently recognized as a top practitioner by Super Lawyers Magazine and U.S. News.
Sam has also developed an expertise representing college students facing university-led investigations and disciplinary actions. When the college admissions scandal broke in March 2019, Sam successfully helped a number of students and their families avoid expulsion and the filing of criminal charges.
Sam earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
After graduating from law school, Sam clerked for the Honorable William H. Pauley, III, in the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr., on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. During law school, he also worked as a summer associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Sam serves as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is admitted to both the California and New York state bars.
- Secured dismissal of all charges in a case touted by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office as the largest healthcare fraud case ever filed in the history of the state, alleging losses in excess of $135 million.
- Represented a physician charged with violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute in a two-week long federal trial.
- Obtained pre-trial dismissal of high-profile state criminal case brought against a nursing home’s Director of Nursing, due to prosecutorial misconduct by the California Attorney General’s Office.
- Represented a physician-owner of a medical management company against charges of healthcare fraud. Negotiated a resolution that lowered the loss amount from more than $7.5 million to approximately $750,000, resulting in a significantly reduced sentence and restitution order. Following resolution of the criminal case, successfully avoided the filing by the government of a civil False Claims Act case, after which the government returned more than $3 million of funds that had been seized from the client.
- Obtained a declination to prosecute on behalf of two separate government targets facing criminal charges under the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
- Represented multiple students and their families facing expulsion by university and criminal charges by the government stemming from the college admissions scandal cases, successfully avoiding both of those potential outcomes.
- Secured stay of suspension, followed by complete reversal of four-year suspension for a university student falsely accused of sexual misconduct.
- Represented college student and his family in a federal lawsuit brought under Title IX against a major university that resulted in a favorable settlement.
- Prevailed in Ninth Circuit appeal, obtaining reversal of multiple counts of conviction for client serving thirty-year federal prison sentence after being convicted at trial of “using fire” to commit a federal felony.
- Lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen federal criminal trials.
- Recognized by Super Lawyers, 2017-2022.
- Recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers, 2019-2022.
- Serves as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.