Attorney Samantha Demuren
Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Attorney Samantha Demuren immigrated with her family to Texas when she was eight years old. She was raised in Houston until she moved to Appleton, Wisconsin to attend Lawrence University. At college, she served as the President of the Black Organization of Students, the Vice President of the Debate Honor Society, and an active member of Lawrence International.
After earning her bachelor's degree, Samantha enrolled in Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania. Here, she served as the Chair for the National Trial Advocacy Team, one of three members of the Dean Advisory Committee, and President of the Black Law Students Association. She also interned for a successful law firm in Philadelphia.
Samantha's career trajectory changed when she served as a summer law clerk in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as part of the elite Special Victims Bureau. She served numerous victims of heinous sexual assaults as their voice and advocate. Her experience led Samantha to take a job with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney after graduating law school.
As an Assistant DA, she handled hundreds of criminal cases from initial charge to disposition over the course of four years. The role allowed her to serve as lead counsel for multiple jury trials, sharpening her trial skills.
From there, Samantha went to work for prestigious corporate law firms in Philadelphia, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial litigation. Her experience with corporate law gave her insight into how corporate entities operate, but she never forgot how it made her feel to speak up for the wronged and the harmed. In the end, she knew she'd always end up being a voice for people who need help. She used her time in the corporate world to learn how they operate so she could better serve clients in the future.
When she saw a chance to join Arnold & Itkin, it was two opportunities in one. Not only would she be able to come home to Houston, but she would also be joining the nation's top plaintiff advocacy trial law firm. Our firm ended up being the perfect place for her to fulfill her calling to serve the injured. Here, she found other attorneys committed to giving their best to serve plaintiffs and families whose lives have been ruined by negligence and harmful practices. Now, Samantha is thrilled to say that she spends each day doing what makes her feel fulfilled: fighting for those who need help the most.
In her free time, Samantha explores the outdoors with her husband and two sons. She also pours her time into her non-profit, GJM House, which is committed to raising awareness about the plight of displaced children in her birth country. GJM House provides shelter and education to low-income and orphaned children throughout Sierra Leone.
- Lawrence University
- Villanova University School of Law
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Pennsylvania
- State Bar of New Jersey
- Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch (2022)