Samantha is a first-generation immigrant who was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She moved to the United States with her family at the age of 8. They eventually settled in Houston, Texas, a place she would come to call home.
Samantha attended undergraduate school at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her academic performance resulted with her inclusion on the Dean's List. However, her time at Lawrence University involved more than exceptional performance in the classroom. Samantha assumed multiple leadership roles, including serving as the president of the Black Organization of Students and vice president of the Debate Honor Society. She was also active with Lawrence International, a student organization focused on connecting the international community with American students at Lawrence University.
After receiving her undergraduate degree, Samantha attended Villanova University School of Law. Samantha's time in law school once again found her assuming leadership roles. She served as the chair for Villanova's National Trial Advocacy Team, was one of three student members of the Dean Advisory Committee, and served as president of the Black Law Students Association. To sharpen her law skills while studying, she served as a summer law clerk at the elite Special Victims Bureau in New York City for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Providing a voice for the victims of sexual assaults ignited Samantha's passion for helping people wronged by others. During this time, Samantha saw how she could use her education to be the voice people deserve inside and outside the courtroom.
Once she obtained her law degree, Samantha served Philadelphia's citizens as an assistant district attorney for four years. Working as a prosecutor found Samantha handling hundreds of criminal cases from start to finish, including multiple jury trials. After this position, she continued her career with law firms in Philadelphia, where she represented large companies during complex commercial litigation. During this time, she gained important insight into the operations of large corporations.
Her work as a defense attorney made Samantha positive about her call to help others pursue the justice they deserve. When she had a chance to join Arnold & Itkin, she was elated at the opportunity to help those wronged by others. She's thrilled to be on a team that isn't just known for obtaining results for clients but is respected for fighting until a client has received the best outcome possible. For Samantha, winning isn't an option—it's essential for making sure her clients can rebuild their lives.
When she isn't working as an advocate for clients harmed by the wrongs of others, Samantha can be found spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons.
- Lawrence University
- Villanova University School of Law
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Pennsylvania
- State Bar of New Jersey
Samantha founded and operates GJM House, a non-profit that helps children in Sierra Leone. GJM House provides shelter and education to low income and orphaned children in Sierra Leone.