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I leverage my passion for litigation and experience with business, construction, commercial lending, environmental, and regulatory law to help clients achieve their goals while minimizing risk.

Sam Richards’ practice encompasses a broad range of areas, with a primary focus on business and commercial litigation as it relates to construction, real estate, general business and contract review, secured lending and creditor bankruptcy.

Before joining Adams and Reese, Sam served as Assistant Attorney General in the environmental section of the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. In this role, he managed a full litigation caseload across multiple agencies including the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. He represented state agencies in motions hearings, defended depositions in multi-party litigation, and authored memoranda addressing various issues from contracts to statutory interpretation for his clients. Notably, Sam co-authored a brief resulting in a favorable ruling on summary determination in the Office of State Administrative Hearings the keeping of $1.7 million in the Solid Waste Trust Fund. In addition to his litigation work, Sam represented the Environmental Section attorneys on the Law Department Employee Association Board.

Prior to his role as Assistant Attorney General, Sam served as a law clerk at an Atlanta-based law firm, where he gained considerable commercial and construction litigation experience in State and Federal courts.

Sam graduated from Georgia State University’s College of Law with a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law. While studying law, he competed on the university’s Environmental Moot Court team and was the coach from 2019 to 2020. Sam’s roles in law school also included President of the Student Bar Association, Pupil of the Bleckley Inn of Court, Urban Fellows, member of the university’s Environmental Law Society, and Mediation Clinic participant. In 2020, he was honored with the Georgia State Bar Section on Environmental Law Award.

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 2020
  • University of Florida, B.S., 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • Georgia Superior Court
  • Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association