Sam 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 the University of Auckland (LLB(Hons), B.Com) and Harvard Law School (LLM'14, SJD candidate 2016–19). He is 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 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 Supreme Court Law Review, 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 concerns the temporal effects of adjudication. It critiques the problem of retrospective mistakes of law and the common law limitation principle of discoverability. Following completion of his thesis, Sam will be taking a position as an Academic Fellow with the HLS Project on the Foundations of Private Law.