Ian Samson is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who represents clients in catastrophic injury matters, whistleblower litigation, class actions, professional liability cases, and commercial litigation. Innovative, tireless, and always willing to go the extra mile for his clients, Ian is a zealous and devoted advocate who has gone toe-to-toe with some of the most highly-regarded law firms in the nation. Equally comfortable arguing a specific point of law to a federal court judge as he is explaining the big picture to a state court jury, Ian uses every aspect of his experience to get the best possible result for his clients.
Ian was born and raised in Phoenix and attended college in Seattle, where he played drums in a rock band. He moved to San Francisco for law school and graduated in the top of his class at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school he clerked for a complex plaintiffs’ firm, helped write briefs for the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts at Public Justice, a consumer advocacy group, and externed for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ian began his legal career working as a litigation associate at Girard Gibbs LLP in San Francisco. Moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Ian joined Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, a renowned plaintiffs’ firm made famous by the PG&E chromium-6 matter portrayed in the blockbuster movie Erin Brockovich. Ian practiced at EL&L until 2017, when he joined Stalwart Law Group.
Ian is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, and Public Justice. He was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2013.
Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death
The son of a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer, Ian has focused his practice on obtaining justice for individuals harmed or killed by negligence, intentional wrongdoing, and defective products. Ian has represented individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, horrific burns, debilitating bodily injuries, and severe emotional distress as a result of automotive accidents, bicycle accidents, dangerous conditions on public and private property, defective products, and excessive force by law enforcement. Ian understands how to litigate and try these matters, leading to millions of dollars recovered by his clients.
Ian is not only well-versed in the ins-and-outs of whistleblower litigation; he recognizes the immense risk whistleblowers take to bring fraud to light. Ian takes the time to understand what are often complicated fraudulent schemes, and helps his clients navigate the procedural thicket of qui tam cases and claims made under the SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs. Ian has litigated issues on the cutting edge of whistleblower law and is a regular speaker on whistleblower issues.
Ian has represented plaintiffs in complex class actions involving thousands of class members and with millions of dollars at stake. A fierce opponent of forced consumer arbitration clauses and class action waivers, Ian has used innovative legal arguments to preserve his clients’ day in court. Whether federal securities class actions or state class actions based on state law statutory violations, Ian’s efforts have resulted in millions of dollars recovered for class members.
Ian routinely speaks on legal matters on with sitting federal and state judges and other experienced litigators:
- Discovery and Depositions, 13th Annual Federal Court Bootcamp (2017)
- Implied False Certification and Original Source Update, Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Lawsuits (2016)
- Discovery and Depositions, 13th Annual Federal Court Bootcamp (2016)
- Summary Judgment and Pre-trial and Trial Litigation, 11th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp (2016)
- First-to-File and Original Source Updates, The Cutting Edge of Qui Tam Litigation (2016)
- Pre-trial and Trial Litigation, 10th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp (2015)
- Pitfalls of Class Action Notice and Claims Administration, Class Action Conference (2014)
- Obtained a plaintiff’s verdict following a two-week jury trial for a rear-end accident leading to a traumatic brain injury.
- Represented a whistleblower in a dispute over a relator’s share through trial. The matter settled shortly after jury selection.
- Representing a whistleblower in a matter currently pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
- Negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement in a class action involving alleged violations of California’s Health Studio Services Act.
- Represented a class of investors in UBS “structured products” in a matter stemming from the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. The matter ultimately settled for $120 million.
- Obtained successful resolution for a minor client with special needs who was attacked by a school district contractor.
- Represented a mechanic badly burned by a defective automotive product, resulting in a substantial pre-trial settlement.
- Resolved a tragic matter for two minors whose mother was tragically killed by a Los Angeles County Metro via a seven-figure settlement prior to trial.
- Represented a teenage girl who suffered a hypoxic brain injury due to hospital and doctor negligence. After defeating several motions for summary judgment, the matter settled prior to trial.
- Obtained a seven-figure settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury following a rear-end collision.
- Defeated a motion to compel arbitration in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action based upon a “browsewrap” agreement.
- Obtained a settlement on behalf of a former employee against his employer in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act matter.
- Defeated a motion to dismiss Monell claims in a section 1983 action alleging constitutional violations by a law enforcement department related to an officer-involved shooting.
- Successfully defeated demurrer and resolved a proposed class action brought under California’s Automatic Renewal Law.
- Represented a photographer in a legal malpractice matter arising from a worldwide copyright dispute.
- Defeated summary judgment in an age discrimination matter brought against a public entity under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.
- Represented a class of investors in Sallie Mae common stock in a matter alleging violation of the federal securities laws. The matter ultimately settled for $35 million.
University of Washington, B.A. (magna cum laude)
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (cum laude)
Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2013
Judicial Extern, Honorable Marsha S. Berzon, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
April 2017, The Advocate
February 2016, The Advocate
Boumediene as a Constitutional Mandate: Bivens Actions at Guantanamo Bay, 38 Hastings Const. L.Q. 439 (2010)
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Consumer Attorneys of California