United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania


University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2012
Emory University, B.A., 2007

R. Samuel Stein

Experienced, pragmatic and intellectually curious, Sam joined the firm in 2016 after gaining valuable litigation experience at sophisticated boutique firms in the Pittsburgh area. Since joining FDPK, Sam has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in consumer class actions.

An innovative thinker and natural self-starter, Sam has dedicated his efforts at the firm toward promoting consumer choice as part of FDPK’s consumer protection class action litigation group. Sam successfully advocates for consumers via his knowledge and understanding of complex statutory and regulatory frameworks, with a heavy emphasis on consumer product labeling, advertising, safety and regulatory compliance. Working together with FDPK’s consumer group attorneys, a cohesive team of creative legal minds, Sam innovates groundbreaking consumer advocacy cases that consistently result in real change at the industry level that benefit consumers nationwide. With nearly a decade of legal experience, Sam is trusted to understand the substantive and ethical aspects of consumer class action litigation, and translates that knowledge into real results.

During his time at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Sam was selected to intern with the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where he collaborated with international delegations to organize legal education seminars in the areas of intellectual property and international arbitration. Sam was also a research assistant for Douglass Branson, W. Edward Sell Professor of Business Law, and senior development editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law. In recognition of his scholastic achievements, Sam was awarded a scholarship to study international business transactions and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and received CALI awards in both Advanced Legal Research and Business Corporation courses. Prior to law school, Sam obtained his bachelor’s degree from Emory University, where he was a captain of the university lacrosse team and pursued international volunteering opportunities.

Sam is dedicated to using his legal education for the greater good, as evidenced by his time volunteering with the Allegheny County Bar Association. Since 2016, he has served as a board member for Learning Enterprises, a non-profit dedicated to providing English as a Second Language instruction to students in developing nations across the world.