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Sam is a director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. His practice is focused in corporate/commercial law including commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and representation of lending institutions, workouts, bankruptcies, and securities law.


  • Kent State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1972
  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1976 with honors
    • Board Member: The Ohio State University Law Journal

Professional Experience

  • Counsel clients including financial institutions in regard to commercial and residential lending law, bond financing, secured transactions, foreclosures, creditor’s rights and bankruptcy law, and in virtually every other aspect of bank and financial institution representation
  • Advises and assists clients in regard to the capital formation process and the requirements thereof, including both federal and state securities laws, private, limited, and other exempt offerings
  • Assists clients in the areas of business law and commercial law including mergers and acquisitions, purchase of assets, and stock purchase agreements

Courts and Bar Associations

  • Ohio, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Member: Stark County Bar Association
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Former vice president and director: Canton Jaycees
  • Former president and member of the Board of Directors: Northeast Community Center
  • Former chairman: Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Television Committee
  • Former member: Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade Committee
  • Former secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees and legal counsel Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton, Inc.
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees: Canton Palace Theatre Association, served as secretary and legal counsel
  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, State Legislative Committee, and the Economic Development Committee
  • Assistant Women’s Varsity Soccer Coach: Hoover High School 

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
  • Listed as “Lawyer of the Year” Akron Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law (2019)
  • Listed as “Lawyer of the Year” Akron Banking and Finance (2013, 2017, 2021), Best Lawyers in America®

Notable Presentations and Publications

  • “Bridging The Gap–Equity Real Estate Financing Options”
  • 18th Annual White-Williams Bankruptcy Institute – Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy