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Sam G. Caras

Attorney at Law

Sam G. Caras (samcaras@caraslaw.com) was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. After a youth marked by participation in sports, Sam attended Wright State University, from which he graduated cum laude. During his last two years of undergraduate education, he worked as a legislative aid for the Honorable C. J. McLin, and as a laborer in several industrial plants. Sam enrolled in the University of Dayton Law School in 1977 and graduated in 1980. During law school, he enjoyed the privilege to clerk for the Honorable George J. Gounaris of the Civil Division of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for three years, while working part-time for two years with the City of Dayton Prosecutor's Office. Following graduation from law school, he entered into private practice as an associate in an insurance defense firm, focusing on civil litigation defense of motor vehicle accidents, products liability, insurance, and professional liability cases. For several years after becoming a partner in the insurance defense firm his practice concentration increasingly developed in the plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death. In 1990 he left the insurance defense practice and has since been practicing almost exclusively in the areas of medical and professional malpractice, wrongful death, serious personal injury, insurance litigation, with periodic referrals for business and contract litigation. Sam has practiced before all levels of Ohio courts, including successful arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court. He also has extensive experience in federal practice, particularly including practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, along with pro hac vice admissions in the Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

"I am against any type of injustice. Let me advocate for you."

Sam is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and particularly active in the Dayton Bar Association, having served as chairperson for several association committees. Sam is also an active member of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

He was licensed to practice in all courts and agencies of the State of Ohio in 1980, before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio in 1980, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1982, U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in 1993, and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003.

Sam's avocational interests include service on civic boards, professional lectures, fishing, hiking, gardening, and golf.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio - 1980

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio - 1980

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit- 1982

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - 1993

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - 2003

Education

  • J.D. - University of Dayton School of Law - 1980

  • B.A. - Wright State University - 1977

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

  • Ohio State Bar Association,

  • Dayton Bar Association

  • Served as chairperson for several association committees

  • Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association

  • Ohio Association for Justice

  • American Association for Justice