Emily Sample focuses her practice in toxic tort litigation, regularly representing clients in depositions and using her extensive motion practice experience to leverage wins on their behalf.

Emily prioritizes getting to the crux of each dispute as quickly as possible with the understanding that complex disputes often boil down to small details. Clients rely on her careful eye to protect their interests.

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Emily worked at an intellectual property litigation boutique where her understanding of and interest in new technologies served her patent clients well. She advised on design patent challenges of a Fortune 500 company’s portfolio as well as on disputes with U.S. Customs for trademark and gray good enforcement regarding imports.

Emily earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. She also holds a B.S. in chemical biosciences from the University of Oklahoma, where her studies fused foundational studies in biochemistry and microbiology into a multidisciplinary degree.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys local restaurants, paddle boarding, cross-stitching embroidery, fantasy football and baking.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Women in IP, Outreach Committee Member
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts


Speaking Engagements

  • “Assigned All My Rights Away,” Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, 2018


  • “Increasing Your Odds,” co-author, CLM Magazine, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, 2021
  • LexisNexis Illinois Personal Injury Handbook, contributing editor, 2021
  • “Assigned All My Rights Away: The Overuse of Assignment Provisions in Contracts for Patent Rights,” 104 Iowa Law Review 447, 2018