Brigid F. Cech Samole

Brigid F. Cech Samole

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Brigid F. Cech Samole, a member of the Firm’s National Appellate Practice, is an experienced appellate advocate who represents clients throughout the country in federal and state forums. She also serves as a legal advisor for complex and high-profile trials. Brigid has been the lead drafter of substantive case papers filed in the United States Supreme Court, the federal Court of Appeals and several state supreme courts. Although her practice involves numerous substantive areas of the law, in particular, she has defended clients in high-stakes products liability cases, with more than a dozen years of experience handling mass litigations involving claims by thousands of individuals.

Concentrations

  • Appellate practice
  • Bankruptcy appeals
  • Environmental and land use litigation
  • Financial regulatory and compliance
  • Litigation trial support
  • Mass torts and multidistrict litigation
  • Products liability litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • White collar criminal defense and fraud litigation
     
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Lead appellate counsel for Fortune 100 company in high-profile discrimination case. After extensive briefing and oral argument, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a lengthy opinion, which agreed with arguments presented in support of the company’s position and clarified that law on the issues presented.
  • Lead appellate counsel for large financial institution in a contract dispute stemming from an $11 million loan agreement regarding the acquisition, financing, and renovation of a 198-unit apartment complex. After an extensive and interactive oral argument, the Third District Court of Appeals, State of Florida, agreed with the arguments presented, affirmed the decisions, and subsequently, denied rehearing.
  • Lead appellate counsel for large financial institution in an appeal that raised numerous issues, including breach of contract and tortious interference. In particular, the case presented innovative issues of law relating admission of evidence and a mixed question of law and fact as to what constitutes an intentional and unjustified interference with a business relationship.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit accepted the arguments set forth in the brief and affirmed. 
  • One of appellate team leads that obtained a rare reversal of a criminal conviction by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit secured for our client who was convicted in a $750 million securities fraud prosecution. The Fifth Circuit reversed for a new trial, finding error in the district court’s exclusion of the SEC’s investigation findings – which had cleared our client of any wrongdoing – and in the admission of alleged healthcare fraud by a purchaser of the company’s products.
  • Represented large developer in connection with obtaining approval from Miami Dade County to form a Community Development District in order to issue bonds to make $75 million in public infrastructure and transportation improvements over the 27 acres that our client is developing in phases.
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed,  Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2009-2010 and 2013-2017
  • Team Member, Daily Business Review, "Most Effective Lawyers - Appellate," 2017
    • Finalist, Team Member, "Most Effective Lawyers - Appellate," 2010
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, "Rising Stars 40 Under 40," 2015
  • Listed, South Florida Business Journal, "40 Under 40," 2015
  • Team Member, Champions of Equality Award (based on role in landmark Florida gay adoption case), SAVE DADE Foundation, May 2011
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010
  • Recipient, "Provisional of the Year," Junior League of Miami, 2005
  • Board Member, Chapman Partnership, Board of Trustees
    • Executive Board Member
    • Board Member, Board of Trustees
    • Co-Chair, Womenade
    • Co-Chair, Take A Walk In Her Shoes Fundraiser
  • Liaison, Women’s Initiative, Greenberg Traurig (Miami)
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Business Law Section, Appellate Subcommittee, 2012-2018
  • Sustaining Member, Junior League of Miami
    • Chair, All Aboard Literacy Program, 2010
    • Chair, Inn Transition North, 2009
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Member, The Illinois Bar

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2002
  • B.J., Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida