Sam is the senior partner and lead trial attorney for Johnson & Monteleone, L.L.P. He focuses his law practice in the areas of personal injury, employment law, civil litigation, commercial/contractual disputes, and workers’ compensation. Sam has won favorable verdicts in the area of personal injury, insurance bad-faith, employment, and defamation suits since trying his first civil case in 2001. For his achievements, Sam has received a Lifetime Charter Membership in Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, has been recognized as a litigation star in multiple editions of Benchmark Plaintiff, the Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms and Attorneys, has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYER for 2013 and 2014, and has been recommended and profiled in the Global Professional Network for professionalism in his areas of practice. Sam is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fourth and Ninth Circuits. Sam also serves as a member in the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, the Idaho Bar, and the Third and Fourth District bar associations.
Sam is a native Idahoan with ancestry dating back to the discovery of gold in Pierce, Idaho, in the 1860s. He hunts, camps, and fishes all over the state of Idaho. Sam and his wife, Chris Gotsch, enjoy spending time with their two kids, Jack and Jody.
Clarkston, Washington, January 11, 1966
University of Idaho, B.S., 1989, University of Idaho, J.D., 1993
Persona l Injury; Employment Law; Civil Litigation; Commercial;
Contracts; Property Law; Workers Compensation
American Bar Association; Idaho State Bar; Idaho Trial Lawyers Association.
1993, Idaho and U.S. District Court, District of Idaho; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fourth and Ninth Circuits.