Sam is an Academic Fellow with the HLS Project on the Foundations of Private Law. He has practiced litigation in New Zealand and England and was a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (LLM'14, SJD 2016–19) and the University of Auckland (LLB(Hons), B.Com), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and past President of the HLS SJD Association. Sam previously served as Vice Chair of the New Zealand Law Society: Auckland Young Lawyers Committee. He is also a former Editor-in-Chief of the Auckland University Law Review and Dept. Executive Editor of the Harvard National Security Journal.

Sam writes about the law of torts (especially negligence and privacy), defences and remedies, and landlord–tenant contract and agency issues. His articles appear in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Law Quarterly Review, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online and the New Zealand Law Review (among others). He has also taught criminal law and sentencing law. His doctoral thesis concerned the temporal effects of adjudication. It critiqued the problem of retrospective mistakes of law and the common law limitation principle of discoverability.