Jenner & Block

Sam Birnbaum’s practice focuses on high-stakes disputes before courts across the country, as well as before agencies and arbitral tribunals.

Mr. Birnbaum has substantial experience with litigation involving complex regulatory schemes, government-facing matters, and disputes involving international law.  He was worked with clients in a wide variety of industries including energy, media, hospitality, and higher education.  Mr. Birnbaum has authored dispositive motions and appellate briefs, interviewed and examined witnesses, defended depositions, and presented oral argument.

Mr. Birnbaum also maintains a robust pro bono practice.  He recently argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit involving the scope of prisoner First Amendment protections, and has substantial experience with voting rights and civil rights-related matters.  

Prior to joining Jenner & Block in 2015, Mr. Birnbaum served as a law clerk to Judge A. Wallace Tashima on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review.