A former U.S. Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit clerk, Samuel Harbourt is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Samuel's practice focuses on high-stakes appeals and dispositive trial motions. His specialties include drafting appellate briefs, developing creative legal strategies, and monitoring trial-stage litigation to preserve important appellate issues and shape compelling narratives for presentation on appeal. His work spans a broad range of substantive areas, from intellectual property, to regulatory, to complex commercial litigation.
Samuel also has an active pro bono practice. He has represented criminal defendants in habeas corpus proceedings and drafted appellate briefs for public-interest organizations in landmark impact litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Samuel clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.