Sam is a private law scholar with primary research and teaching interests in the areas of torts, unjust enrichment, limitations, remedies, and privacy. His current research concerns the temporal scope of judicial changes in the law. His articles appear in the Law Quarterly Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and the New Zealand Law Review (among others). Prior to joining Allard Law, Sam had held teaching positions at Harvard Law, King’s College London, and the University of Auckland.

Sam is a graduate of Harvard Law School (LLM'14, SJD 2016–19), where he studied under Professor John C.P. Goldberg. He received the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in Constitutional Law and his thesis was favourably cited in a 2020 judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court. He obtained LLB(Hons) and B.Com degrees from the University of Auckland. Sam previously served as President of the HLS SJD Association and Vice Chair of the New Zealand Law Society: Auckland Young Lawyers Committee. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Auckland University Law Review and Deputy Executive Editor of the Harvard National Security Journal. Prior to his graduate work, Sam was a judicial clerk in the High Court of New Zealand and a litigator in the Office of the Crown Solicitor for Auckland, NZ. Following the completion of his master's he also practised in the Solicitor’s Office of HM Revenue & Customs (London, UK).