Samuel L. Tarry, Jr. Partner

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Sam is the co-leader of McGuireWoods’ Product Liability & Mass Tort practice group, 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. A fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 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.