Florida Trial Attorney
Catherine J. Sams was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Norwich, Vermont. After attending Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, Ms. Sams graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2010 from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Ms. Sams moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2011 in order to continue her education at Stetson University College of Law, where she was an active member of many legal organizations including the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWLs) and Stetson’s nationally acclaimed Mock Trial Team. Ms. Sams represented Stetson as a semifinalist advocate in both the Florida Justice Association’s Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition in 2013 as well as the National Ethics Trial Competition in 2014. She was later selected to serve as a student coach of the competing Stetson advocates that went on to win the In Vino Veritas Trial Competition in California.
In her time at Stetson, Catherine J. Sams served as a research assistant to Dean Emeritus Bruce R. Jacob, during which she was able to gain experience contributing to and strengthening several legal articles on constitutional and criminal law issues prior to their publication.
Always determined to improve her communication skills and act positively as a global citizen, Catherine J. Sams has enjoyed working outside the United States in cities such as Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and Xi’an, China, as a volunteer in hospitals, participating in many social justice and immigration projects, and teaching English as a first language to young students. In her spare time, Ms. Sams enjoys pottery, playing sports, and cooking.