Sam Kaufman


Sam Kaufman has a diverse practice representing businesses and individuals in complex litigation, transportation industry matters, and real estate matters.  Due to his experience, company executives often use Sam as outside general counsel to assist with a wide range of matters including, but not limited to, high exposure litigation where monetary demands range in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Ongoing representations include service as national counsel to one of North America’s largest transportation companies and advisor to numerous companies in the fields of transportation, real estate, technology, and other complex business matters.  Sam’s commercial clients hail from a variety of industries such as transportation/trucking, real estate, title insurance, construction, automotive, and banking.  He is also often called upon to lead teams that handle contract and business disputes, transactional business matters such as mergers/acquisitions and private equity transactions, commercial real estate matters, and leasing.  Sam is also recognized as a leader in the area of real estate law and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 by the Best Lawyers in America for the Richmond market in the area of Real Estate Litigation.  Sam is a frequent lecturer at conferences and continuing legal education seminars.

Sam began his legal practice in 2002 after earning a Juris Doctor degree from the Albany Law School of Union University that year. He is a native New Yorker and came to Richmond to attend the University of Richmond, Jepson School, where he earned a B.A. degree in Leadership with a minor in Political Science in 1999. While attending, Sam was a member of the Spiders’ Varsity Football team, 1995 – 1999, and was a Gwathmey Memorial Scholarship recipient, an award based on academic excellence. Sam and his wife Jordana decided to make Richmond home, and although Sam retains a hard driving New York attitude in his trial work, he’s an unassuming, approachable and well-liked local guy.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and a natural leadership instinct, Sam was younger than most attorneys who collaborated to found a new law firm. He joined Joe Owen and Mary Burkey Owens in forming Owen & Owens PLC, relying on his work ethic and risk-taking mentality.  Sam extends that earnestness to the local community: He has served as the Past Chairman of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, former Chairman of the Chesterfield County Economic Development Advisory Council, the Vice Chairman of the Chippenham Place Community Development Board, and as former board member and former President of the Math Science Innovation Center Foundation Board.  Sam also currently serves as a board member of the Virginia Israeli Advisory Board and recently served as a board member on the Virginia Charitable Gaming Board.  Both boards are boards of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Sam was a senate appointee on each.

Sam has earned the respect of his peers in the legal profession. He achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® Preeminent rating for legal ability and ethical standards. In 2017, Sam was first named to the list of the Best Lawyers in America and in 2020, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the publication for the Richmond market in the area of Real Estate Litigation. Since 2009, he has been selected for “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars” in the category of general litigation after an extensive peer review and editorial research process by Thomson Reuters. In 2012, both the National Trial Lawyers Association and Style Weekly magazine recognized Sam with a Top 40 Under 40 award. NTLA membership reflects superior qualifications, trial results and leadership as a young trial lawyer. Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 names extraordinary young leaders for their contributions to the Richmond community. In 2013, Virginia Business Magazine first named Sam to its list of Legal Elite in the category of business law. The Legal Elite are selected by their peers as being the most outstanding representatives of their practices each year. Sam is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. In 2020, Sam was inducted as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society. Only 1% of licensed lawyers in each jurisdiction are chosen as Fellows.

An avid Spider, Sam formerly served as the President of the University of Richmond (national) Alumni Association and is a former National Co-Chair of the University of Richmond’s Annual Fund. Further, Sam is a passionate music fan. Having followed some of his favorite bands around the country before assuming the rigors of a legal practice, he continues to enjoy playing the guitar and watching live music.  Sam and his wife Jordana are the proud parents of two very spirited daughters.



  • Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor, 2002
  • University of Richmond, Jepson School, B.A., Leadership major, Political Science minor, 1999
  • Lawyer of the Year for the Richmond market, Real Estate Litigation Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-Present
  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business magazine, listed in the business law category, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, listed in the General Litigation category, 2009–present
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Top 40 Under 40, named by The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Top 40 Under 40, awarded by Style Weekly, 2012
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association Pro Bono Protective Order Project
  • Western Chesterfield Business Alliance, Past Board Member
  • Virginia Bar Association’s Model Judiciary Program, Past Attorney Advisor to Midlothian High School
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • University of Richmond Alumni Association, President
  • Chesterfield County Economic Development Advisory Council, Past-Chairman
  • Chippenham Place Community Development Authority Board, Vice-Chairman
  • University of Richmond Alumni Association, Past President and Past Vice President for Planning and Operations
  • University of Richmond, Past National Co-Chair of the Annual Fund
  • The Richmond Council, Past Member
  • Junior Achievement, Past Volunteer, Excellence Through Ethics
  • Math Science Innovation Center Foundation Board, Director
  • Citizen Budget Advisory Committee, At-Large Member
  • Virginia Charitable Gaming Board (Senate appointee), Board Member, 2016-Present
  • Virginia Israeli Advisory Board (Senate appointee), Board Member, 2018-Present