Samuel D. Adkisson



B.A., Vanderbilt University (summa cum laude) in 2015

J.D., Yale Law School in 2018


Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., United States Supreme Court (2021–2022)

Judge Amul R. Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2020–2021)

Judge Gregory G. Katsas, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2019–2020)

Samuel D. Adkisson


Samuel D. Adkisson is a litigator and adviser.  His practice focuses on high-stakes civil rights, constitutional, and commercial issues.

Prior to arriving at Cooper & Kirk, Mr. Adkisson clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Amul R. Thapar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge Gregory G. Katsas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He also practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and worked for then-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles E. Grassley during Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

Mr. Adkisson graduated from Yale Law School and Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude.  During law school, he was President of the Yale Federalist Society, an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and Co-President of the Trial Advocacy Team.  He received the John Currier Gallagher Prize for his performance in the championship trial of Yale’s Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as part of Yale’s Appellate Litigation Project, securing a favorable decision for his client.

Mr. Adkisson is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, the State of Texas, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He is authorized to practice in Tennessee as a Tennessee Bar Applicant practicing pending admission pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7, § 10.07.

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