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Samuel E. Cooley


Samuel E. Cooley is a member of the firm’s General Liability practice group defending a broad range of insurance defense cases including premises liability, construction litigation, and professional liability cases. He also practices in the area of commercial litigation and intellectual property. Samuel joined Conroy Simberg after two years as the General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer heading the legal, HR, and compliance departments of a multinational technology company. Prior to being in-house counsel, he practiced at a boutique litigation firm in Los Angeles, California after having served for nearly seven years at a prestigious mid-sized national insurance defense firm. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in American Studies, Magna Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University, Samuel moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he earned a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and served as an Associate Justice of the Moot Court Board. 

Practice Areas: 

Admitted to Practice:

  • All Florida Courts, 2007
  • All California Courts, 2016
  • Florida U.S. District Courts (Northern, Middle Southern)
  • California U.S. District Courts (Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern) 


  • Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2007
  • Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science in American Studies, 2004 

Professional Affiliations: 

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel 

Honors & Awards: 

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2017-2020)
  • 2020 USF Muma College of Business Post-Crisis Leadership Certificate
  • 2007 Florida Public Defender College Best Advocate Award
  • 2007 Hillsborough County Public Defender Awards for Professionalism & Pro Bono Work
  • 2007 Stetson University College of Law Stephanie A. Vaughan for Excellence in Advocacy 

Speaking Engagements: 

  • Lecturer, Alcohol Related Liability, Continuing Education Seminars, West Coast Claims Association