Samuel E. Schoenburg
Associate / Chicago

P: 312-881-5173
F: 312-380-7058

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Sam’s diverse litigation practice includes products liability, commercial disputes, and intellectual property. He has argued in federal district and appellate courts, taken and defended depositions, drafted dispositive and other motions, and negotiated successful settlements.

Sam is committed to service within and in addition to his legal practice. He was recently elected to public office in Chicago as a Police District Council Member, a new position focused on bringing a community voice to public safety and policing issues. He represents clients in pro bono class action impact litigation, and he contributes to the work of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where he serves as co-chair of the Associate Board.

Before joining the firm, Sam practiced in Washington, D.C., where he focused on regulatory issues, congressional oversight, and government-related investigations and litigation. He also completed a federal clerkship in the Northern District of Illinois. Sam earned his B.A. cum laude from Yale University and his J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law. In law school, Sam served as a legal intern in the Obama administration’s White House Counsel’s Office and as a student advocate working in the areas of voting, immigration, and LGBTQ rights.

  • Sportvision, Inc. et al. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P.

    Representing MLB Advanced Media in patent, trade secret, and contract matter relating to the display of video graphics.

    Howard v. City of Detroit, et al.

    Council for putative class action brought pro bono on behalf of Detroit homeowners whose due-process rights were violated in connection with their residential property tax notices, resulting in over-assessments, delinquencies, and foreclosures. Successfully briefed and argued appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which reversed earlier dismissal on jurisdictional grounds. Case now proceeding in the Eastern District of Michigan.

    Video Privacy Protection Act Litigation

    Representing MLB Advanced Media to defend against alleged violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“VPPA”) and providing strategic counsel in responding to VPPA-related inquiries nationwide.

    Gardasil Litigation

    Represents Merck in all aspects of products liability cases involving the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

    Wireless Technology Litigation

    Represented a Fortune 10 consumer electronics company in a litigation in the Western District of Texas involving five patents relating to wireless communication and headphone design and operation technologies, together with a breach-of-contract counterclaim. After significant victories in dispositive motion practice, including prevailing on the contractual counterclaim, case settled favorably two days before opening statements were set to begin.

    Digital Mapping Litigation

    Represented a Fortune 10 consumer electronics company in a patent infringement case relating to mapping and routing technologies. The case was settled on highly favorable terms.

    In re: Essure

    Represented Bayer in coordinated federal and state court litigations covering thousands of product liability claims related to the use of Essure System for permanent birth control.

    • Associate, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
    • Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
    • New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
      • Order of the Coif
      • Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
      • Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow
      • OUTLaw Board Member
    • Yale University (B.A., cum laude)
      • Distinction in Political Science
    • Honorable Marvin E. Aspen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Selected by Super Lawyers as an Illinois Rising Star (2021-2023)
    • State of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan