Samuel A. Josephs is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has handled hundreds of federal and state criminal cases, argued numerous appeals in the Ninth Circuit, and has been named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Josephs focuses his practice on a wide array of white collar criminal matters, including securities and investment fraud, healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, false statements, and identity theft.  Mr. Josephs has also successfully represented college students facing University-led investigations and disciplinary actions.  Mr. Josephs has had over ten criminal trials in federal and state court.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Josephs spent four and a half years as a Trial Deputy with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California.

Mr. Josephs earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, where he majored in History.

After graduating from Georgetown, Mr. Josephs clerked for the Honorable William H. Pauley, III, in the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr., on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. During law school, Mr. Josephs also worked as a summer associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  Mr. Josephs also serves on the Board of Directors for the Columbia University Alumni Association of Southern California.

  • Named a Southern California Rising Star, 2017
  • Obtained pre-trial dismissal of high-profile state criminal case brought against a nursing home’s Director of Nursing, due to prosecutorial misconduct by the California Attorney General’s Office
  • Secured stay of suspension, followed by complete reversal of four-year suspension for a University student falsely accused of sexual misconduct
  • Prevailed in Ninth Circuit appeal, obtaining reversal of multiple counts of conviction for client serving thirty-year federal prison sentence after being convicted at trial of “using fire” to commit a federal felony

News Highlights

Favorable Sentence for Ponzi Scheme Defendant

In United States v. Gillis, the Firm represented the lead defendant, Joel Gillis, who was charged with operating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Southern California history.  After receiving nearly $300 million in investor proceeds through his company, Nationwide

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