PITTSBURGH, PA – May 4, 2020 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to the firm, Michael H. Sampson. Sampson joins the firm as a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and will serve as Chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Group as well as Co-Chair of the Cannabis Group. Sampson is based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office, where he will represent diverse clients in a variety of complex civil and commercial litigation.
Sampson focuses his insurance coverage practice on assisting policyholders across various industries to address and resolve complicated insurance coverage matters relating to commercial general liability policies, property insurance, management liability coverages, and many other types of insurance, such as cyber liability, hull and marine liability, specie insurance and pollution liability insurance. While Sampson routinely counsels clients at various stages on a wide range of insurance coverage matters, a significant portion of his practice is dedicated to litigating coverage claims against insurance companies and/or third-party claims administrators.
Sampson also regularly advises U.S. and international cannabis-related businesses, as well as ancillary businesses servicing the U.S. cannabis industry. He frequently helps clients in the state-compliant medical and adult-use cannabis, as well as the CBD and hemp markets, comply with U.S. federal law (in particular, the federal Controlled Substances Act), understand the potential for aiding-and-abetting liability, navigate the conflict between federal and state laws, adhere to applicable state regulations, and protect their contractual rights. Bridging his insurance recovery and cannabis law practices, Sampson also routinely assists cannabis dispensaries, REITs, and other cannabis-related businesses with various insurance coverage and risk management matters.
Representing policyholders, as well as other clients, Sampson regularly appears in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country. He was part of a team that obtained in 2017 what was understood to be, at least at that time, the largest bad-faith verdict against an insurance company in Pennsylvania. In addition to insurer bad-faith, Sampson has successfully litigated insurance-coverage issues as diverse as trigger of coverage, other-insurance clauses, and application of the “employer’s liability” exclusion.
Sampson also has unique experience working with and representing Old Order Amish families across the United States. In that regard, he has advised Amish individuals denied U.S. permanent resident status due to their religious beliefs and has litigated against, and negotiated with, the U.S. government to resolve these complicated disputes. For his work on Old Order Amish and other matters, Sampson has received significant national and local media attention.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Mike to the firm,” said Pete A. Fuscaldo, Leech Tishman’s managing partner. “Mike has many years of experience in the field of insurance law and has a keen understanding of the complexities of insurance coverage. Paired with his expertise in advising cannabis-related businesses, Mike will be a great addition to our lawyer team and the services we are able to offer our clients.”
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