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Samantha V. Ettari

Special Counsel

E-Discovery Counsel

Phone: 212.715.9395 Fax: 212.715.8000 New York

Samantha V. Ettari is a trial lawyer who maintains a diverse litigation practice focusing on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract and licensing disputes, advertising litigation, securities and regulatory defense, and bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Ettari recently second-chaired a federal jury trial in the Southern District of New York, in which the jury completely rejected allegations against the client of false advertising and, despite a request for over $20 million on claims of defamation, awarded less than $41,000. Ms. Ettari also has represented a number of the firm’s bankruptcy clients as the lead litigation associate, including in the Residential Capital and Washington Mutual bankruptcies, in which she played key roles in investigations on behalf of creditor committees and at trial on behalf of significant noteholders.

As E-Discovery Counsel and a co-editor of the Electronic Discovery Update, which reports on legal developments in the area, Ms. Ettari has written extensively on electronic discovery, including the government’s electronic discovery production and retention obligations in civil litigations and criminal proceedings, discovery developments in federal and New York state courts, and the increasing use of predictive coding and other technology-assisted document review methods, as well as the preservation, production and use of social media content in litigation. Ms. Ettari also advises clients on all aspects of electronic discovery, including cost-efficient data collection and retention, and has argued at discovery conferences in federal court. She advises clients on information governance, including data retention and email, text, and social media use policies. She is also a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Group. Among her most notable work in this area, Ms. Ettari represented an international professional services firm in connection with incident response and notification plans following a breach of medical information, with responses to investigations by the Department of Justice and Department of Transportation.

Ms. Ettari maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representing indigent clients in contested divorce proceedings as part of her work with Her Justice and the New York Legal Assistance Group. Among her most notable work, she represented a disabled mother in three separate actions in Brooklyn Family Court. The client, suffering from a long-term physical disability, had endured years of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of her former partner. After filing amended petitions, conducting discovery and making multiple court appearances with the client, Ms. Ettari negotiated settlement agreements awarding the client sole legal and physical custody of her four-year-old daughter, a favorable child support award and a one-year final Order of Protection. In recognition of her commitment to pro bono work, Ms. Ettari received the New York State Bar Association 2015 Empire State Counsel honor, New York City Family Court 2014 Pro Bono Service Award and the Her Justice’s 2013 Commitment to Justice Award. 


J.D., magna cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 2005
-Editorial Board, Brooklyn Journal of International Law
-CALI Award for Excellence (Copyright, Family Law)
-Brooklyn Law Students Against Domestic Violence
-Courtroom Advocates Project
B.A., magna cum laude, State University of New York at Geneseo, 2000
Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall, 1999
New York, 2006
New Jersey, 2005
Honorable Edward R. Korman,  U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York, 2007 - 2008
Honorable Joan M. Azrack,  U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York, 2005 - 2006
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.C.A., 3rd Circuit
U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit
U.S.D.C., District of New Jersey
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Western District of Michigan
    -NYSBA’s Empire State Counsel honor (2015)
    -New York City Family Court Pro Bono Service Award (2014)
    -Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys in New York (2014-2016)
    -Thomson Reuters' New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars List (2014-2016)
    -Her Justice’s 2013 Commitment to Justice Award (2013)

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    -New York City Bar Association
    -New York State Bar Association
    Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Member
    Committee on Electronic Discovery, Member
    -Federal Bar Council's Inn of Court
    -Lloyd F. MacMahon Fellow