Samuel L. Tarry Jr. Partner

Sam Tarry is a member of the Firm's Trial Practice Steering Committee and a past chair of the Product and Consumer Litigation department. For more than two decades, he has represented clients in tort, environmental, and public health litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and he has successfully managed thousands of cases to resolution.

Sam has served as punitive damages counsel for a variety of clients when corporate conduct is at issue, coordinating defenses at both the trial and appellate levels. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues relating to professional ethics in mass tort litigation.

Sam has received Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent peer rating, and Virginia Business has named him repeatedly to its "Legal Elite" General Litigation. The Legal 500 has also recognized Sam for the past several years for Excellence in Product Liability Law. While earning his LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center, Sam received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Global Health Law. As a law student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he was a member of the National Moot Court team and won best advocate at the Carrico First Year Moot Court Competition. He was also selected by his classmates to deliver the commencement address.

Sam is a former president of the John Marshall Inn of Court. He currently serves as board member of Partnership for the Future, an organization that mentors high-potential high school students from challenging backgrounds and helps them attain college degrees.


Representation of plaintiff in fraud and civil RICO litigation arising from attorney and physician conduct in the creation of medical evidence in mass tort litigation.

Representation as lead trial counsel to agribusiness in environmental nuisance litigation.

Representation as coordinating counsel for punitive damages for an American Class I railroad.

Representation as Daubert/Frye counsel to the American automotive industry in asbestos litigation, including statewide hearings in Texas and Delaware.

Representation as coordinating counsel for tort litigation for a national retailer in federal bankruptcy proceedings in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Representation as coordinating and trial counsel for automotive manufacturers in asbestos, benzene and silica litigation.

Representation as lead counsel for a manufacturing defendant in food contamination litigation.

Representation as lead trial counsel for healthcare company in bad faith litigation.

Representation as lead trial counsel for medical device manufacturer in warranty litigation.

Representation as regional coordinating and trial counsel to a transportation company in chemical exposure litigation.

Representation as science counsel to a paper products manufacturer in chemical exposure litigation.

Expert witness development for pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies in product liability litigation.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, Global Health Law, with Distinction, Dean's List
  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD
  • University of Virginia, BA

Member, Committee on Environmental, Energy and Maritime Law, International Association of Defense Council (IADC)

Member; Product Liability Section Chair, 2000-2001, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Member; President, 2008-2008; Vice President, 2006-2007; Secretary-Treasurer, 2005-2006; Membership Chair, 2003-2004, The John Marshall Inn of Court

Member, Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Former Chair, Toxic Tort and Products Liability Section, Lex Mundi, 2010-2011

  • Co-presenter, "Louisiana Wetlands and Coastal Issues," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Thirty-Eighth Annual Institute, 2017
  • Speaker, "Trial Practice Nuts & Bolts," American Bar Association Meeting, Trial & Insurance Practice Session, 2015
  • Speaker, "Professional Ethics in Mass Torts," IADC Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Washington, DC, 2014
  • Speaker, "Taking the Fight to Plaintiff’s Lawyers," IADC Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 2014
  • Speaker, "Asbestos Fraud," American Tort Reform Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2013
  • Speaker, "Fraud and Racketeering Findings in the Mass Asbestos Docket," NFIB Conference, Harrisburg, PA, 2013
  • Speaker, American Tort Reform Association Annual Legislative Conference, Charlotte, PA, 2013
  • Speaker, "Communicating Risk; Communicating Cause," AIHCE Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort And Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense, Legal 500 US, 2017-2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport; Consumer Products, Legal 500 US, 2016-2018

Selected for inclusion as an expert in North America Product Liability, Expert Guides, 2016

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Richmond, Best Lawyers, 2015, 2018

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Products Liability & Mass Torts, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2014-2018; Named a Recognized Practitioner, Product Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide, 2015-2016

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2019

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," General Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2016

Named to "Virginia Legal Elite," General Litigation, Virginia Business Magazine, 2007-2012

Recognized for Excellence in Product Liability Law, Legal 500, 2007-2012

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • Co-author, "Toward True Client Communication in Mass Torts," The Journal of Civil Litigation, Fall 2014
  • Author, "Ethical and Professional Lessons from CSX v. Pierce," DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar Publications, 2013
  • Author, "Can Litigation-Generated Science Promote Public Health?," American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Volume 33, No. 2, 2010
  • Co-author, "The Use of Toxicology In Tort Litigation A Survey of Federal and State Jurisdictions," American Bar Association Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee, 2004
  • Co-author, "Insuring Against Punitive Damages," The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, 2001
  • Co-author, "More Probable Than What? The Role of Epidemiology in Virginia’s State Civil Courts," The Journal of Civil Litigation, 1998
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