Richard A. Samp

Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation

Richard Samp is Chief Counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation, a nonprofit public interest law firm located in Washington, D.C. WLF litigates in support of individual rights and the free-enterprise system and against excessive government regulation. Samp has been with WLF since 1989. He practices regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts, with a speciality in health care law. He regularly represents patients seeking to obtain health care without undue interference from the federal government and filed an amicus curiae brief in Peake v. Sanders in support of the Respondents, on behalf of a coalition of veterans groups.

Samp is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. Before joining WLF, he clerked for a federal judge in Michigan and was a litigator at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shaw Pittman.


A.B., Harvard College
J.D., University of Michigan

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Upcoming Events
The Court's Case on Texting and Class Actions: Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez
Litigation Practice Group Courthouse Steps Teleforum
October 14, 2015
Publications and Multimedia
The Texting Case
Short video featuring Richard A. Samp discussing Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez
October 09, 2015
Restraining Park Doctrine Prosecutions Against Corporate Officials Under the FDCA
Engage Volume 13, Issue 3 October 2012
February 01, 2013
Ashcroft v. al-Kidd - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-20-11 featuring Richard A. Samp
July 20, 2011
SCOTUScast 3-13-09 featuring Richard Samp
Peake v. Sanders
March 13, 2009