Sam Walling counsels Fortune 100 corporations and sole proprietors, as plaintiffs and defendants, in high-stakes complex commercial litigation. Sam’s practice focuses on intellectual property and securities fraud, areas where he has demonstrated a proven ability to develop and execute strategies for solving the legal, technical, and analytical challenges that such matters frequently present.
For example, Sam represented the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh in securities cases involving more than $2.8 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities, against JP Morgan, Countrywide, Lehman Brothers, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch. The cases included Section 11, Section 12 and common-law fraud claims, which required loan sampling and re-underwriting, rating-agency model analysis, and statistical damages projections. Sam was heavily involved in every aspect of the case, from deposing high-level executives to analyzing deal documents, to drafting and arguing substantive motions, to preparing expert reports. All cases successfully concluded prior to trial.
Sam also represented Advanced Micro Devices in a patent-infringement case against Samsung Electronics. The case involved six AMD patents covering circuit-level and transistor-level semiconductor design and fabrication technologies, which required hours of native circuit schematic review, and cutting-edge nanoscale analysis using SEM and TEM imaging. After nearly three years of litigation and two rounds of mediation, Samsung agreed to pay AMD $283 million to resolve all claims.
Sam has also represented Best Buy in numerous patent-infringement cases involving e-commerce web design, AC/DC power adapters, and Bluetooth, many of which he has resolved through royalty-free stipulated dismissals.
Because Sam has represented both plaintiffs and defendants through trial and appeal, he understands the full range of risk and opportunity that any litigation inherently involves—a perspective that allows him to approach strategic issues from both sides, and to craft strategies that best advance clients’ interests. However, regardless of the client or the setting, Sam’s approach remains the same in one important respect: a steadfast belief that representation is a partnership, and that meticulous preparation provides the best chance at controlling the process and achieving the desired objectives. This approach has produced successful results in State and Federal courts across the United States.
Mr. Walling is a frequent author on intellectual property issues, particularly patent damages and cybersecurity. Outside of practicing law, Mr. Walling enjoys running in 10K races around the Twin Cities, serving on his neighborhood land-use committee, and keeping up with his two children.