Don R. Sampen


Location: Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.606.7803


Don R. Sampen has over 30 years of trial and appellate experience in various areas, including insurance coverage and commercial litigation. Don is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University College of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Northwestern Law Review. He is a former clerk to the Honorable Philip W. Tone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also formerly served as the Chief of the Public Interest and Special Litigation Divisions of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Don has taught a course in Insurance Law for the last 12 years as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago Law School. In the past he has taught courses in Remedies, Advanced Trial Practice, Pretrial Litigation, and Trademarks. Outside of academia, Don is a frequent presenter at in-house educational seminars for the firm’s insurance clients, speaking on such topics as additional insured coverage and settlements between claimants and insureds.

As an appellate lawyer, Don has argued cases in the Illinois Supreme Court and all five Illinois appellate court districts. He also has argued in the state appellate courts in New York, Iowa, and California, and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. His appellate practice frequently begins in the trial courts, and includes monitoring trials from an appellate perspective, briefing summary judgment motions, and participating in post-judgment motion preparation.

Don also is a prolific writer outside the courtroom. He has authored articles and book chapters in various areas of the law, including contempt of court, special remedies, and whistleblower litigation. He recently coauthored an article appearing in the Insurance Litigation Reporter entitled “Enforcement of Settlements between Insureds and Claimants.” He also writes a column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin which appears twice monthly on insurance coverage matters.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court honored Don by appointing him to the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility. Don also has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Appellate Lawyers Association. In addition, he serves on the Rules and Seminars Committees for the Association.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Northwestern University College of Law, 1975
  • B.A. Northwestern University, major in political science/economics, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • State of Illinois


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility


  • Martindale Hubbell AV® rating
  • Super Lawyers® 2019
  • Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers, 2015
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    Illinois 60603

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    Chicago, Illinois 60603

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