Samantha “Sam” Chaiken joined McCathern in 2021 as an associate attorney in the Dallas office. She is focusing her early career on Insurance Litigation and Business & Commercial Litigation matters, gaining valuable experience in both from the firm’s extensively seasoned attorneys.
Before joining the firm, Samantha earned her juris doctor degree from Baylor Law School in July of 2021. She was secretary of Baylor Public Interest Legal Society and was a member of the Sports Law Negotiation team. While at Baylor, Samantha also participated in Baylor’s renowned Practice Court program, which trains third year students in all facets of advocacy. In addition, she worked on the School’s Adoption Day, an event which helped facilitate the adoption of children to permanent homes.
While in law school, Samantha clerked at McCathern’s Dallas office and in the office of the Attorney General of Texas’ Child Support Division in Dallas, gaining additional real-world experience ahead of her joining the firm as an attorney.
Samantha graduated from Rice University in 2018 with a B.A. in Sports Management and a minor in Business. She played on the Rice Women’s Soccer team, where she was a three-time team captain and was named to the 2017 Division I All-America Third Team. Samantha was the first women’s soccer player to ever be named an All-American and a Scholar All-American. In 2018, she won Rice’s Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, given annually to the most outstanding female athlete at the University.
Samantha is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She grew up in Dallas and nearby Plano and follows a family tradition of legal work in the area, as her father and two uncles also practice law in North Texas.