S. Shay Samples

S. Shay Samples (Birmingham, Alabama)

S. Shay Samples

Attorney in Birmingham, AL
Mr. Samples was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1976. Having established his career as a trial lawyer with another prominent firm, he came to Hare Wynn as a full partner in 1994. He is a native of Alexander City, Alabama. He is married to Colleen (a Master’s level R.N. and attorney), and they have been blessed with two children, Courtney and Connor.

Shay worked his way through college and law school. He attended Alexander City Junior College where he was elected President of the Student Government Association and was named the Most Outstanding Student. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1973 and received his law degree in 1976 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

During more than thirty-eight years of practice, Shay has tried hundreds of complex jury trials throughout Alabama, both in state and federal courts. Although he has handled cases involving most areas of civil trial litigation and tort liability, he has dedicated his practice primarily to the representation of victims and victims’ families of medical malpractice and healthcare negligence. Shay has been the recipient of numerous record million/multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Alabama.

He is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Alabama, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals (5th and 11th Circuits), the U. S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U. S. Supreme Court.

Shay has been an active member in numerous Bar associations. He has served the Birmingham Bar Association as a member of the following committees: Grievance and Disciplinary, Executive, Civil Courts, Judicial Liaison, Nominating, Public Relations, and Medical Liaison. He was elected President of the BBA in 2000. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow in the inaugural class of Fellows of the BBF. He has also been inducted as a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation, where membership is restricted to only 1% of the lawyers in the State. In 2015, Shay was inducted as a LIFE Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

He is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. He is also a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a select invitation-only, group of trial lawyers limited to the top 1% of trial lawyers in the United States. Shay has also been inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 members worldwide). He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America® since 1999. In 2011, Best Lawyers® named him Birmingham “Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” and, in 2013, he was named Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year – Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.” In 2015, Best Lawyers® named him Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year – Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs” for an unprecedented third time in five years. Shay has also been named Best Lawyers® 2016 – Birmingham Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been included in Alabama Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in Alabama since it’s inception in 2008 and every year thereafter. For more than 20 years, he has received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating obtainable, based on recognition of an attorney’s legal ability and ethics. He has also been selected as an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served as President of the Alabama Chapter in 2003. He is also a Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute and Fellow in the International Society of Lawyers for Public Service. He was recently selected by LawDragon as one of the top litigators in America. In addition, Shay has been recognized by Benchmark as one of the leading litigators in America. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the National Trial Lawyers Association (both top 100 trial lawyers). Shay is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals, and Who’s Who in the World. He is also a Senior Counsel Member of The College of Master Advocates & Barristers.

He and Colleen have been actively involved in numerous charities including Red Barn – Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch, Humane Society, United Way, Big Oak Ranch and others. They are members of Independent Presbyterian Church.
205-545-8289
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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Wrongful Death Law
  • Negligence

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High Ethical Standard
Medical Malpractice
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5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 04/10/14
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5/5
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5/5
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5/5
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Partner
Admission Details
Admitted in 1976, Alabama and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
1981, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
1991, U.S. Supreme Court
1998, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Additional Payment Information
Fixed Hourly Rates
Law School Attended
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
Class of 1976
J.D.
University Attended
University of Alabama
Class of 1973
B.A.
Birth Information
Born in 1951
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, September 18, 1951
Associations & Memberships
Birmingham (President Elect, 1999; President, 2000, Immediate Past President, 2001; Member, Grievance Committee, 1985-1989; Chairman, Public Relations Committee, 1992; Executive Committee, 1993-1995; Chairman: Medical Liaison Committee, 1997; Chairman, Civil Courts Committee, 1998; Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society, 1999-2001; Chairman, Judicial Liaison Committee, 1999, Nominating Committee, 2005—; Member, Civil Courts Committee, 2008; Board Member, Birmingham Bar Foundation, 1995-1998, 2001-2004) and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar; American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member); Alabama Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1980-1985; Member, Executive Committee, 1985—); Birmingham Trial Lawyers Association; Southern Trial Lawyers Association; President Alabama Chapter, 2003.
Bar Fellowship
Roscoe Pound Foundation; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; International Society of Lawyers for Public Service; American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate); Alabama Bar Institute (Advocate). State Committee member of the American College of Trial Lawyers 2015-2016.

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Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton, LLP
Suite 800 Massey Building, 2025 3rd Avenue North,
Birmingham, AL 35203
U.S.A.
Phone 1
205-545-8289
Phone 2
205-328-5330
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Fax: 205-324-2165
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S. Shay Samples
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Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton, LLP
Suite 800 Massey Building, 2025 3rd Avenue North,
Birmingham, AL 35203

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