H. Sam Mabry III

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Meet Sam

Sam Mabry is widely respected for his skill in managing complex litigation. He defends clients in class actions, business, commercial and financial services litigation and products liability actions involving drugs and medical devices. Sam has also handled employment contracts disputes and patent and trade secret litigation.

Sam has defended nationwide class actions in the Southeast as:

  • •  Member of the defense steering committee and national coordinating counsel for Star Pharmaceuticals in the L-Tryptophan federal multi-district litigation
  • •  Member of the defense steering committee in the breast implant litigation in South Carolina
  • •  Lead trial counsel in several alleged nationwide class actions representing financial institutions and drug companies


  • •  Represented a national bank in the South Carolina Court of Appeals in a case that established the principle that a bank-holding company is not subject to jurisdiction or liability for acts committed by its subsidiaries
  • •  Represented The Money Store in a nationwide class action involving more than 55,000 claimants alleging that interest on certain types of loans had been incorrectly calculated
  • •  Defended as lead counsel a class action suit brought on behalf of approximately 300,000 claimants against political subdivisions of South Carolina seeking to recover in excess of $100 million of tax-refund setoffs
  • •  Defended as lead counsel a class action brought on behalf of approximately 60,000 claimants alleging a violation of the Federal Truth-In-Lending Act
  • •  Defended as lead counsel class action lawsuits in South Carolina and Tennessee alleging violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
  • •  Served as co-lead counsel with another firm lawyer representing four South Carolina hospitals in the South Carolina Hospital Pricing Litigation. Along with another attorney, argued an appeal in this litigation to the South Carolina Supreme Court, King v. AnMed, where the amount at issue exceeded $500 million in alleged overcharges to hospital patients
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1978
  • South Carolina, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2001
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation - Banking and Finance (2011-2024), Litigation - Intellectual Property (2011-2024), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2011-2024), Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (2011-2024), Litigation - Real Estate (2011-2024), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2011-2024), Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2011-2024) and Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-2018)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® Business Litigation (2008-2024)
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Best Lawyers® 2016 Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Upstate” Antitrust Law (2021-2023), Business Litigation (2020-2021) and Banking and Finance Law (2019)
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Upstate Top Vote Getter” Antitrust Law 2022
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, South Carolina Chapter, Jeter E. Rhodes, Jr. Trial Lawyer of the Year 2016
Professional and Civic Activities
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, South Carolina Chapter Executive Committee (2004-2009), Secretary/Treasurer (2006-2007), President (2009), Acting President (2024-Present)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and SC State Committee Member (2016-2018)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors (2011-2015)
  • Trial Law Institute, Member
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
  • Order of Juris, Barrister
  • Order of Certus, Advocate
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Upstate South Carolina American Inn of Court, Masters of the Bench Level 2012