Samuel Block is an associate in Mayer Brown's Chicago office and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. His practice includes a substantial amount of litigation arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He has represented benefit plans, plan sponsors, and ERISA fiduciaries in excessive fee litigation, investment strategy disputes, and severance disputes.

Sam’s practice also includes a significant amount of white collar criminal defense, employment litigation, and pro bono work. This work has involved defending Fortune 500 companies in wage and hour disputes, representing Plaintiffs in trade secret claims, and assisting in internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and False Claims Act (FCA) violations. Sam has briefed and argued an immigration case in front of the Seventh Circuit, winning a remand for his client. He has also successfully defended a school at trial in a contract dispute.

He previously worked for the City of Chicago in the Mayor's Office Fellowship Program. During law school, Sam served on Harvard Law School's Board of Student Advisers and was a finalist for the 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition.


Northwestern University, BS, summa cum laude

Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude


  • Illinois


  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois