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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 case, including premises liability, automobile liability, construction litigation, first-party property, and professional liability cases. He has also practiced in the area of commercial litigation and intellectual property. Samuel joined Conroy Simberg after two years as an in-house counsel. Prior to that, he was a partner 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, magna cum laude, 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