Sam Tarry is a member of the firm's Trial Practice Steering Committee and a past chair of the Product and Consumer Litigation department. For nearly three decades, he has represented clients in tort, environmental, and public health litigation in state and federal courts across the country. He has won jury trial verdicts in ten states and successfully managed thousands of cases to resolution.
Sam has served as punitive damages counsel for a variety of clients when corporate conduct is at issue, coordinating defenses at both the trial and appellate levels. He is a frequent commentator on professional ethics in mass tort litigation, and has served as an independent expert reviewer for the RAND Corporation and lecturer at the VCU School of Business.
Sam has received Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent peer rating, and Virginia Business has named him repeatedly to its "Legal Elite" General Litigation. The Legal 500 has also recognized Sam for the past several years for Excellence in Product Liability Law. While earning his LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center, Sam received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Global Health Law. As a law student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he was a member of the National Moot Court team and won best advocate at the Carrico First Year Moot Court Competition. His classmates selected him to deliver the commencement address.
Sam is a former president of the John Marshall Inn of Court and a past board member of Partnership for the Future, an organization that mentors high-potential high school students from challenging backgrounds and helps them attain college degrees.
National Product Liability counsel to international medical device company.
Representation of plaintiff in fraud and civil RICO litigation arising from attorney and physician conduct in the creation of medical evidence in mass tort litigation.
Representation as lead trial counsel to agribusiness in environmental nuisance litigation.
Representation as coordinating counsel for punitive damages for an American Class I railroad.
Representation as Daubert/Frye counsel to the American automotive industry in asbestos litigation, including statewide hearings in Texas and Delaware.
Representation as coordinating counsel for tort litigation for a national retailer in federal bankruptcy proceedings in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Representation as coordinating and trial counsel for automotive manufacturers in asbestos, benzene and silica litigation.
Representation as lead counsel for a manufacturing defendant in food contamination litigation.
Representation as lead trial counsel for healthcare company in bad faith litigation.
Representation as lead trial counsel for medical device manufacturer in warranty litigation.
Representation as regional coordinating and trial counsel to a transportation company in chemical exposure litigation.
Representation as science counsel to a paper products manufacturer in chemical exposure litigation.
Expert witness development for pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies in product liability litigation.
Member; Product Liability Section Chair, 2000-2001, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Member; President, 2008-2008; Vice President, 2006-2007; Secretary-Treasurer, 2005-2006; Membership Chair, 2003-2004, The John Marshall Inn of Court
Member, Bar Association of the City of Richmond
Member, Virginia Bar Association
Former Chair, Toxic Tort and Products Liability Section, Lex Mundi, 2010-2011
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2021
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2020; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2015, 2018; Richmond, The Best Lawyers in America
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Products Liability & Mass Torts, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2014-2020; Named a Recognized Practitioner, Product Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide, 2015-2016
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport, 2016-2018, 2020; Consumer Products, 2016-2018; Toxic Tort – Defense, 2017-2018, Legal 500 US
Selected for inclusion as an expert in North America Product Liability, Expert Guides, 2016
Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," General Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2016
Named to "Virginia Legal Elite," General Litigation, Virginia Business Magazine, 2007-2012
Recognized for Excellence in Product Liability Law, Legal 500, 2007-2012
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
McGuireWoods Earns 32 Nationwide Practice Rankings in Legal 500 United States Guide
June 30, 2020
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2020 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 1, 2020
192 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2019
McGuireWoods Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2019 Leading Lawyers Guide
April 30, 2019
Strategy Sessions: Trial Team Roundtables
October 27, 2018