Samara brings more than 25 years’ appellate experience to complex matters involving a wide variety of industries and subject matters. She has substantial recent experience in appeals involving intellectual property and agency rulemaking for telecommunications and energy industry clients. With her perspective and expertise, she frequently guides trial lawyers regarding matters likely to arise on appeal, such as error preservation, dispositive motion practice, jury charges, and post-trial proceedings. Texas Lawyer selected Samara as one of twenty “Winning Women” across Texas who “have achieved significant recent victories as well as displayed a track record of wins in which they prevailed in high-stakes cases.” She was chosen from more than 200 lawyers nominated for the honor.
Samara excels at making complex subjects understandable and organizing large amounts of complicated information into digestible and persuasive briefs. Her appellate experience spans a wide swath of substantive legal subjects. She has worked extensively in regulatory appeals, patent litigation, and consumer class actions. She has prepared appellate briefs addressing tax court decisions, bankruptcy court judgments, business disputes, product liability issues, consumer transactions and employment matters. She also has handled appeals centering on statutory construction and corporate governance. In addition, Samara has significant experience representing law firms and accounting firms in the defense of professional liability matters.
Samara has handled appellate matters in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous other federal appeals courts, throughout the Texas courts of appeals and in the Texas Supreme Court, and in the Alabama, Delaware, Maryland, and Nevada Supreme Courts. She is board certified in Civil Appellate Law and has served as chair of the Appellate Section of the Dallas Bar Association.
Samara is a Life Patron Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas and is active in the Women’s Philanthropy Institute of the Dallas Foundation.