Jenner & Block

Sam Birnbaum’s practice focuses on high-stakes disputes before trial and appellate courts across the country, before administrative agencies, and in international and domestic arbitration.

Mr. Birnbaum has represented clients in a diverse range of cases involving complex issues of statutory and regulatory interpretation, and commercial, constitutional and international law.  He has authored numerous dispositive motions and briefs, taken and defended depositions, examined witnesses and presented oral argument.  Mr. Birnbaum also has represented clients in government investigations and enforcement actions.  His substantive experience spans numerous areas, including copyright, entertainment, First Amendment, energy, hospitality and election law.

Mr. Birnbaum also maintains an active pro bono practice.  Recently, Mr. Birnbaum argued and won an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit concerning a prisoner’s First Amendment right to read and receive newspapers.  Mr. Birnbaum currently is representing the Union of Concerned Scientists in a legal challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency directive that limits the participation of scientists from academia and non-partisan non-profit organizations on federal science advisory committees.

Mr. Birnbaum received his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2014, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.  While at Harvard, he received the Steven L. Werner Prize for an article on the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Birnbaum clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.