Sam Walling is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial disputes involving securities, financial services, and intellectual property; areas where for nearly a decade he has demonstrated a proven ability to develop and execute strategies for solving the legal, technical, and analytical challenges that these matters present. He counsels Fortune 100 corporations and sole proprietors in high-stakes commercial litigation and has represented plaintiffs and defendants through trial and appeal. He understands the full range of risk and opportunity that any litigation inherently involves and believes that meticulous preparation provides the best chance at controlling the process and achieving the desired objectives for clients.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Sam represented the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh in securities cases involving more than $2.8 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities against JPMorgan, 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 is an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is active in civic and professional organizations. He is a member of the board of directors for the Twin Cities German Immersion School and is also chairman of the Housing and Land Use Committee for the Macalester-Groveland Community Council.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh in securities cases involving more than $2.8 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities against JPMorgan, 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. All cases were successfully resolved before trial.
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.
Represented Best Buy in numerous patent infringement cases involving e-commerce web design, AC/DC power adapters, DSPs, mobile apps, and Bluetooth, in which many of the cases were resolved through royalty-free stipulated dismissals.
Represented Rembrandt Vision Technologies through trial and appeal in a patent infringement case involving silicone-hydrogel contact lens technology.
Resolved two product liability defense matters in which the plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturer's switch had failed, resulting in electrocution and in permanently disabling injuries.
- University of Minnesota (J.D. magna cum laude 2006); St. Olaf College (B.A. in Economics cum laude 2000)
- Minnesota, U.S. District Courts for Minnesota and Colorado, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
- Named a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services annually (2013-2016)