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Meet Varnum Partner Sam Vitale

January 22, 2020

Newly-elected partner Sam Vitale is a litigation and family law attorney based in the Novi office. Sam represents both individuals and entities in a variety of matters, including construction litigation, shareholder oppression claims, breach of contract actions and property disputes. As a family law attorney, he helps clients with custody, parenting time issues and complex property matters.

What attracted you to become a lawyer?

I went to law school for the diversity of opportunities it presented, without a true sense of the type of work I wanted to do. As I became more familiar with various legal practices, I was drawn to the challenge of litigation and the ability to be involved in protecting and defending the interests of clients.

   

How did you decide to focus on your practice?

After law school, I was interested in becoming a litigator due to the writing and analysis it involved, and the opportunity it presented to be directly involved in solving clients’ problems. Over the years, I have been lucky to learn from lawyers that I really respect and admire, and I have primarily modeled my practice and specialties after those lawyers.

   

What does client service mean to you?

Client service means seeing beyond the immediate legal needs of a case and focusing on the overall needs of a client. When you are able to focus on the financial or emotional stakes underlying a case, a more economical or efficient solution often emerges.

   

What do you most enjoy about being a Varnum lawyer?

The lawyers at Varnum are true team players. Everyone is always willing to help and contribute their own experience to ensure that clients receive the best results possible.

   

What is your proudest career achievement?

I served as the pro bono guardian ad litem for a young boy in foster care who was later reunited with his mother. He has continued to grow and thrive long after my involvement, and watching him develop into a successful young adult has been among the proudest moments of my career.

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