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Samuel F. Davenport

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Boston
617.348.1670



Education

  • Northeastern University (JD, 1997)
  • Connecticut College (BA, 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

A trial lawyer in the firm’s Boston office, Sam has extensive experience representing clients in complex business litigation before courts and arbitration panels across the country. 

In particular, Sam focuses on representing life sciences companies in disputes involving collaboration, licensing, and distribution agreements. He frequently counsels clients on ways to resolve disagreements over research, development, commercialization, licensing, and distribution. Sam also has significant experience representing companies in the solid waste industry, as well as handling litigation concerning real estate.

In 2002, while on leave from the firm, Sam served as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. During that time, Sam prosecuted over 100 criminal matters and tried more than a dozen cases. 

During law school, he served as a legal intern for the Honorable William G. Young of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a publicly owned biotechnology company in arbitration over a multibillion-dollar drug development collaboration. The arbitration resulted in a victory which confirmed our client’s right to co-develop one of the world’s largest-selling cancer drugs.
  • Represented a publicly owned in vitro diagnostic manufacturer in the successful settlement of an arbitration involving claims that our client’s licensee and exclusive distributor had failed to develop and commercialize the manufacturer’s MicroRNA-based products in the oncology market.
  • Represented a privately held biotechnology company in the successful resolution of our client’s dispute with its licensee, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies, over the timing of a $40 million milestone payment.
  • Advised a privately owned Dutch diagnostics company in the successful resolution (without litigation) of a dispute with a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company over royalty payments related to the parties’ jointly developed diagnostic product. 
  • Represented a privately owned in vitro diagnostic manufacturer and its publicly owned parent in the favorable settlement of a dispute with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies over the right to distribute a companion diagnostic kit for use in the oncology market.
  • Advised a publicly owned biotechnology company in the successful resolution (without litigation) of several disputes with its collaboration partner over the development of cardiac-related therapies, as well as the termination of the parties’ collaboration agreement.
  • Represented an Israeli-based manufacturer of a homeopathic flu remedy in the successful resolution (without litigation) of a dispute with our client’s exclusive US distributor.
  • Represented a shopping mall owner in a complete victory (both trial and appeal) of the first case in Connecticut to apply the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act to a commercial lease.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Trial Advisor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association