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Sam Blair

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Memphis
T: 901.577.2257
F: 901.577.0720

Sam Blair is the Firm's general counsel and has extensive litigation experience in the areas of medical device, pharmaceutical drug, products liability, mass tort, MDL, professional liability and general business litigation.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Blair has extensive litigation experience in the areas of medical device, pharmaceutical drug, products liability, mass tort, MDL, professional liability and general business litigation. Mr. Blair was very involved in the breast implant litigation and orthopedic bone/spinal screw litigation.

He has been national coordinating counsel in the Children's Vaccine, Fen-Phen, HRT and AWP litigation. Mr. Blair has represented clients in insurance coverage, non-compete contract and wrongful death cases. He also has experience regarding environmental issues, condemnation and real estate litigation. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Blair served as a law clerk to Appellate Court Judge W. Frank Crawford in the Western Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1983 to 1984. Mr. Blair was chairman of the Conflicts and Ethics Committee for approximately 15 years, claims counsel since 2002 and general counsel since January 1, 2005 for the Firm.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Memphis Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006; named among top 50 attorneys in Memphis, 2007
  • Member – Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Law Clerk to Appellate Court Judge Frank W. Crawford, Western Section, Tennessee Court of Appeals, 1983 – 1984

Education

  • University of Memphis, J.D., 1983
  • University of Virginia, B.S., Systems Engineering, 1979

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1984
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • All Tennessee Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

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