Mr. Samples was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1976. Having established his career as a trial lawyer with another prominent firm, he came to Hare Wynn as a full partner in 1994. He is a native of Alexander City, a small town in east Alabama. He is married to Colleen (a Master’s Level Nurse and Attorney), and they have been blessed with two children, Courtney and Connor. Mr. Samples worked his way through college and law school. He attended Alexander City Junior College where he was elected President of the Student Government Association and named the Most Outstanding Student. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1973 and received his law degree in 1976 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University - graduating in the top 15% of his class. During more than thirty years of practice, Mr. Samples has tried hundreds of complex jury trials throughout Alabama, as well as complicated civil cases in the Federal Courts of Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. Although he has handled cases involving most areas of civil trial litigation and tort liability, he has dedicated his practice primarily to the representation of victims and victims’ families of medical malpractice and healthcare negligence. This area of specialization comprises approximately 90% of his current practice. Most of these cases involve catastrophic injuries, brain damage, and death. Mr. Samples has been the recipient of numerous million/multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Alabama. Many of these verdicts and settlements continue to be the largest amounts ever obtained in their respective jurisdictions. Mr. Samples has been active in local, state, regional, and national bar associations. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association where he has served as a member of the following committees: Grievance and Disciplinary, Executive, the Civil Courts, the Judicial Liaison, Nominating, Public Relations and Medical Liaison. He has been chairman of many of these committees. He was elected President of the Birmingham Bar Association in 2000. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Mr. Samples is a member of the Alabama State Bar. He has been inducted as a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation, where membership is restricted to only 1% of lawyers in the state. He is on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Justice, as well as a member of the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Samples is also a member of the American Bar Association and has served as a state delegate. Mr. Samples is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Alabama, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals in both the 5th and 11th Circuits, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Samples has been inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 members worldwide). He was also selected as an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served as President of the Alabama Chapter in 2003. He is also a Senior Counsel member of the American College of Barristers, a Diplomat of the International Academy of Litigators, a Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute and a Fellow in the International Society of Lawyers for Public Service, and Senior Counsel (Queen's Counsel), the College of Master Advocates and Barristers. He has also been selected as a member of The American Trial Lawyers Association, as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state of Alabama. Mr. Samples is certified by the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board as Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World. He is a life member of the National Registry of Who’s Who. He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America, a national publication. He was recently named by the inaugural 2008 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers ® as one of the top attorneys in the State of Alabama, and he was also named in the 2009 edition. His peers have also voted him to receive an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating obtainable, based on recognition of an attorney’s legal ability and ethics. He and Colleen have been actively involved in numerous charities and civic groups including the United Way, Humane Society, Interfaith Hospitality House, Big Oak Ranch, Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch, Children’s Harbor, and others. They attend the Church of the Highlands.
About Shay Samples
Admitted: 1976, Alabama
Professional Webpage: www.hwnn.com/attorneys/s-shay-samples