Samuel Salario, Jr.

Before joining the firm as a shareholder, Sam Salario served as a judge on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.  A successful complex-case litigator when he joined the bench, Sam quickly became known around the state for his thoughtful and scholarly opinions.  Sam also has significant investment management experience gained from his work as the director of investments at a litigation finance firm focused on complex commercial and regulatory matters.

Before becoming an appellate judge, Sam was a partner at Carlton Fields, where he rose to prominence as head of the Securities and Derivative Litigation Practice Group.  Earlier in his legal career, Sam had worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. – first as an associate at Holland & Knight, and then later as counsel at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale).  As a young lawyer, Sam served as a law clerk for the Honorable William Terrell Hodges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.


A first-generation Floridian and Jesuit High grad, Sam’s family immigrated to Tampa from Palermo, Sicily in the 1930s.  In his free time, Sam enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two children.


  • The American University, B.A.
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with high honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Florida Law Review
Certifications and Bar Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, District Court of Nebraska
  • All Florida Courts
Honors and Distinctions
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013 & 2014
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2011-2014
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2008 & 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
Professional Associations
  • Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
    • Member, 2022-2024
  • Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases
    • Committee Member
    • Chair of the Fraud Subcommittee
  • Chester Ferguson-M.E. White American Inn of Court
    • Past President
    • Board Member, 2015-2020
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court
  • The Federalist Society
  • Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar
  • Business Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • District Courts of Appeal Education Committee
    • Chair, 2016-2020
  • Florida Courts Education Council
    • Member, 2016-2020
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee
    • Member, 2012-2015
  • Florida Bar Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee
    • Member, 2008-2011
  • American Bar Association Securities Litigation Committee
    • Public Offering Co-Chair, 2003-2008
  • “Advanced Oral Argument,” Panel Discussion, Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section CLE (January 13, 2023)
  • “Pathways to Practice: Legal Employment and the Differing Areas of Practice,” Panel Discussion, The Federalist Society Florida Student Chapter (September 22, 2022)
  • “Pleadings, Discovery, Pre-Trial Motions, and Interlocutory Review,” The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s Art of Objecting Seminar (June 5, 2019)
  • “Motions for Directed Verdict and for Judgment in Accordance with Motion for Directed Verdict and Post-Trial Motions,” The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s Art of Objecting Seminar (June 5, 2019)
  • “Standards of Review,” Florida New Appellate Judges’ Program (April 2019)
  • “Standards of Review,” Florida New Appellate Judges’ Program (April 2018)
  • “Emerging Trends in the Practice of Law,” District Courts of Appeal Judges’ Education Conference (September 2018)
  • “The Life of an Appellate Case,” Association of Judicial Assistants of Florida Annual Conference (September 2018)
  • “Red Light Cameras in Florida,” Florida Bar’s City, County, and Local Government Section Annual Meeting (May 2014)
  • “The Attorney Client Privilege for Corporate Counsel,” Raymond James CLE (October 2010)
  • “The Corporate Attorney Client Privilege,” KPMG General Counsel’s Forum (September 23, 2009)
  • “Corporate Governance and Oversight Issues,” Community Bank Executive Forum (October 24, 2008)
  • “Managing Risks of Misconduct and Fraud,” KPMG LLP Executive Seminar (September 12, 2007)
  • “Current Issues in Securities Fraud Class Actions,” Hillsborough County Bar Association (April 27, 2007)
  • “Board Leadership for the Company in Crisis,” National Association of Corporate Directors (March 19, 2007)
  • “Recognizing and Responding to Financial Red Flags,” National Association of Corporate Directors (February 27, 2006)

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