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Samantha M. Rollins Murphy



Samantha Rollins Murphy is a litigator who defends employers across the country. She has significant experience defending wage-and-hour claims, as well as claims for harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Her experience includes class and collective actions, and she has successfully enforced non-compete agreements through temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions.
Sam is also a seasoned trial attorney, securing recent jury verdicts in California and Iowa. And she combines creative legal thinking with practical experience to deliver effective results pre-trial, resulting in numerous favorable summary judgment and appellate rulings, including in putative class cases.

Past Experience

After earning a bachelor's degree in engineering, Samantha worked at GE in manufacturing operations. She draws on her industry experience in management and process improvement to help clients develop innovative solutions to complex problems.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with highest distinction, Order of the Coif, Iowa Law Review (senior articles editor) (2013)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. in Engineering, with highest honors (2005)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Defenses For Using Contractors In A Post-Dynamex World
    Co-author, Law360, May 2018
  • Encino Bodes Well For Employers In FLSA Cases And Beyond
    Co-author, Law360, April 2018
  • Isn't It Obvious? How Klein's Definition of Analogous Prior Art Conflicts With the Supreme Court's Vision for Obviousness
    98 Iowa L. Rev. 1377, 2013


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Labor & Employment, 2024
  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2024
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Up & Coming Attorneys, 2023
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2016-22
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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