Sam Habeeb brings over 30 years of experience to his multi-faceted litigation practice including significant trial experience. He has a wealth of experience in defending claims involving toxic tort, general liability, premises liability, construction defect, professional liability, contractor liability, product liability, trucking/transportation, and commercial disputes.
Sam serves as national counsel for a diversified global equipment manufacturer. He also defends insurance carriers, self-insured organizations, property owners, manufacturers, construction companies, and trucking companies. He helps his clients navigate large exposure situations through aggressive litigation advocacy and representation in dispute resolution. Sam is also a certified mediator.
In the professional liability arena, Sam has successfully defended doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, and emergency and first responders against malpractice and professional negligence claims. He also has litigated cases involving licensed professionals such as lawyers, architects, engineers, and accountants. His defense of cases involving the standard of care and ethics required of professionals in various disciplines resulted in the Mississippi Bar appointing him as a special general counsel to try a case involving professional ethics standards required of attorneys.
An experienced trial attorney, Sam has achieved successful verdicts and appellate rulings as lead counsel representing medical providers and product manufacturers. As lead oral argument counsel, he has received successful decisions in appellate courts. He received successful verdicts as trial counsel in cases including:
- Walters v. Rehability – Warren County Circuit Court (Lead trial counsel representing Physical Therapy corporation in alleged malpractice case)
- Rucksduhl v. Field Memorial Hospital – U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miss. (co-trial counsel representing Community Hospital)
- Jones v. Vicksburg – Administrative Board and Warren County Circuit Court (lead counsel representing local business in re-zoning litigation)
- Schwab v. United States– U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miss. (lead trial counsel in Federal Tort Claim Act case)
Sam has extensive appellate experience, serving as lead oral argument counsel in various cases. He has achieved successful decisions in appellate courts, including the following exemplary cases:
- Crossfield Products Corp. v. Irby, et al., 910 So. 2d 498 (Miss. Sup. Ct. 2005)
- City of Belmont, et al., v. State Tax Comm’n,860 So. 2d 289 (Miss. Sup. Ct. 2003)
- Steele v. Inn of Vicksburg, 697 So. 2d 373 (Miss. 1997)
Sam achieved a successful summary judgment in U.S. District Court in favor of a client, an equipment manufacturer, in a case involving lack of proof of specific exposure by plaintiff who worked at a worksite where records indicated the manufacturer’s presence at the worksite.
Rounding out his capabilities is Sam’s efforts to give back to the community. In 2002, Sam was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court as Special Judge of the County Court of Warren County. Between 1997 and 2001, he served his hometown of Vicksburg as a city commissioner, which included serving as city fire and ambulance commissioner. Sam enjoys community service and has served on the Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Mississippi and as a member of St. Peter Orthodox Christian Church.
University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D.)
University of Mississippi (B.A., magna cum laude)
Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished AV™ Peer Review Rated
Named to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2023 –Environmental Law
Selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2020 – 2021
Named to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2020 – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Named to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2017 – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Mississippi Bar Distinguished Service Award
Outstanding National Product Liability Counsel Award
Top 50 Leaders in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal (2010)
Co-recipient of Angel Award by the Jackson Center for Violence Prevention
Published Articles/Speaking Engagements
- Co-Author, “Sackett V. EPA: The U. S. Supreme Court Decides the EPA’s Definition of Wetlands Went Too Far, With A Broader Impact On EPA’s Future Interpretive Powers,” The Environmental and Toxic Tort Advisor, May 30, 2023.
- Presenter, “Depositions of In-house Counsel – The exception, not the Rule,” December 7, 2022, Association of Corporate Counsel, Capitol Club Jackson.
- Co-Author, “Chemistry Industry Group Takes the EPA to Court to Stop Unfair PFAS Advisory,” The Environmental and Toxic Tort Advisor, August 29, 2022.
- Co-Author, “Recent Food Packaging Lawsuits Against Fast Food Giants are Supersizing PFAS Litigation,“The Environmental and Toxic Tort Advisor, April 22, 2022.
- Author, “Will ‘Waters of the United States’ Drown Private Property in More Regulation in 2022?,” The Environmental and Toxic Tort Advisor, March 21, 2022.
- Author, “PFAS: 2022 Trending Towards a Major Turning Point in Regulation and Litigation,” HarrisMartin’s Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation Report, January 2022.
- Author, “PFAS: 2022 Trending Towards a Major Turning Point in Regulation and Litigation,” Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee, December 2021.
- Author, “Will Forever Chemicals, PFAS, Lead to Never-Ending Lawsuits?,” Claims Journal, November 17, 2021.
- Author, “Will Forever Chemicals, PFAS, Lead to Never-Ending Lawsuits?,” Insurance Journal, November 16, 2021.
- Seminar speaker, Legal and Ethical Challenges in Young Mesothelioma Cases, September 2020, Perrin Conferences
- Presenter, “Communication at Trial and Jury Selection,” AEM Product Liability Seminar
- The Mississippi Bar (Bench-Bar Liaison Committee)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Mississippi, Board of Directors
- Special Olympics
- Rotary Club