Sam McGee


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Sam McGee joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2013. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Yale Law School, and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Sam began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Morris S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit in Little Rock, Arkansas. Following his clerkship, Sam returned to his home state of North Carolina and has been helping people here for over 20 years.

Sam gets most of his cases from other lawyers who need to refer significant cases to someone they can trust. On many occasions he is associated by lawyers who are headed to trial and want Sam to help take their cases to court. Sam first became known for his work in abuse and neglect cases against nursing home and assisted living facilities. Although that work is near and dear to his heart and continues to be a significant part of his practice, Sam also handles other kinds of cases in which people have been harmed by no fault of their own. Several years ago, he handled his first case involving the molestation of a child, and since then has often been brought into cases involving the abuse, injury and even death of children. Some of Sam’s most significant cases in different practice areas are listed below. Most come from settlement, when you compel the other side to pay by building a powerful case, but Sam is ready, willing and able to take your case to trial and has the verdicts to prove it.

Pedestrian Accidents: $2,780,000.00
$2,000,000.00 (Verdict)
Automobile Accidents: $1,250,000.00
$750,000.00 (Verdict)
Trucking Accidents: $1,600,000.00
Nursing Home Abuse: $1,000,000.00
Construction Accident/Defect: $9,000,000.00
$3,850,000.00 (Verdict)
Business Torts: $5,500,000.00
$4,000,000.00 (Verdict)
Will Contest: $840,000.00 (Verdict)
Inadequate Security: $1,450,000.00
Medical Malpractice: $1,500,000.00

Although most of his work is in the trial courts, Sam is also called upon by his colleagues to handle cases at the appellate level. Most notably, on three occasions Sam has obtained appellate rulings defeating the nursing home industry’s efforts to force cases into arbitration and deprive the plaintiffs of a jury trial. So whether he is hired by another lawyer to handle their appeal, or if his own cases get appealed, Sam can handle your case at all levels of the court system.

Sam has also worked hard in multiple organizations which promote civil justice. On the state level, he has served the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as Nursing Home Litigation Section Chair, a member of the NCAJ Board of Directors, a member of several committees, a frequent lecturer and article writer, and as an amicus brief writer in important cases in the North Carolina courts. On the regional level, he serves on the Board of Governors of the Southern Trial Lawyers’ Association (STLA), has spoken at that organization’s convention and published in its magazine. On the national level with the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Sam has been a member of the Amicus Committee, has published in the Trial magazine, and is a member of the Nursing Home Litigation Group.

Personally, Sam has been married to Marci McGee for over twenty years. Sam and Marci are the parents of Hannah Cole and Brooks, both of whom speak Mandarin and love sports and travel. Theirs is a household of four people who completely adore one another and spend most of their limited time supporting each other’s pursuits. Despite Sam being busy practicing law, writing and attending his children’s sporting events, his family allows him to fish as much as possible.

Telephone 704-338-1220

Yale Law School, J.D., 1998

Wake Forest University, B.A., 1995

North Carolina


U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Personal & Catastrophic Injury

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Business Litigation

Medical Negligence

Professional Liability

Super Lawyers (2014-present); Rising Stars (2012-2013)

AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale–Hubbell

Yale Law School, Champion, Trial Competition (1995-1996)

Yale Law School, John Fletcher Caskey Prize for Best Presentation of a Case

Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation

Editor, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities

Sam has given numerous lectures, including to the American Association for Justice, North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Some these lectures include the following:

Auto Torts Trial De-Brief, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2018)

Civil Law Update, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Several years, most recently 2018)

Tell it All Brother, Tell it All: Spilling Your Guts in Jury Selection, Southern Trial Lawyers Association (2013)

Game Plan for Handling a Nursing Home Case, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2009 and 2012)

Representing Victims of Medical Malpractice After SB 33, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2011)

Program Chair and Panelist, Lessons from America’s Largest Nursing Home Verdict, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2011)

Program Chair, Wrongful Death: Achieving Maximum Results for Your Client, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2011)

Interviewing the Defendant Organization's Employees: When Can You, When Should You, and When Are You Ethically Prohibited From Doing So?, North Carolina Bar Association Seminar (2009)

Document Discovery and the Use of a Forensic Accountant in Nursing Home and Assisted Living Case, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Seminar (2009)

Strategies and Tactics in Opposing and Defeating Arbitration Clauses, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Seminar (2008)

Surgical Intervention: Navigating the Labyrinth of Corporate Owners, Entities and Insurers in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases, Southern Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention (2008)

Words Are Not Enough: A Tribute to Fallen Warrior Danny Alvarez,The Warrior (Summer 2018) (Note: The Warrior is the magazine of the Trial Lawyers College)

Meds and Prescription Errors: Where’s George Bailey When You Need Him?, JUSTLAW (Third Quarter, 2013) (Note: JUSTLAW is the magazine of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association)

Assisted Living Cases: How Are They Different Than Nursing Home Cases?, Trial Briefs (February 2012) (Note: Trial Briefs is the magazine of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice)

Day v. Brant (Reprint of Amicus Brief by Sam McGee and Adam Stein), Trial Briefs (February 2011)

Consequences of the Confidentiality Clause, TRIAL (June 2009) (Note: TRIAL is the magazine of the American Association of Justice)

American Association for Justice: Nursing Home Litigation Group; Construction Defects Litigation Group; Amicus Committee

Southern Trial Lawyers Association: Board of Governors

North Carolina Advocates for Justice: Chair, Nursing Home Litigation Group; Legal Affairs Committee; Education Committee; Legislative Committee; Membership Committee; Communications Committee; Board of Governors