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 State of Texas and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has applications for admission pending in the District of Columbia and Tennessee. Mr. Adkisson is authorized to practice in the District of Columbia under the supervision of firm attorneys who are members of the District of Columbia Bar, pursuant to D.C. App. Rule 49(c)(8)(A).