Ms. Samaras is a full-time neutral focusing her ADR practice on complex commercial cases including disputes involving intellectual property, technology, and business-related issues (see Experience). She also serves as a neutral in employment, securities, personal injury, consumer, and other civil matters. For 18 years, Ms. Samaras has served as a sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, chairperson, and mediator or co-mediator in hundreds of domestic and international cases involving a broad array of contractual arrangements, technologies, and industries. She is based outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but travels to wherever her cases take her.
Ms. Samaras is certified by the International Mediation Institute, and she is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She serves as a neutral on an ad hoc basis and for such widely known ADR organizations as: the American Arbitration Association and its international arm – ICDR, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the U.S. Council for International Business (ICC), National Arbitration and Mediation, United States International Trade Commission, and U.S. District Court for the E.D. of Pennsylvania.
Before launching her own ADR practice 11 years ago, Ms. Samaras worked as an attorney for 24 years in the corporate and private sectors, for the U.S. government as a staff attorney and law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the biomedical arts. She served as in-house counsel for two multi-national companies – a telecommunications company as their Director of Intellectual Property and a pharmaceutical/drug delivery company as their Vice President Intellectual Property, Legal.
Ms. Samaras has held many leadership roles with professional organizations including the College of Commercial Arbitrators – Board of Directors and Executive Committee; ABA Section of Dispute Resolution – Chair, Executive Committee member, and Council member; ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law – Chair of Division VI and Content Advisory Board member; and American Intellectual Property Law Association – Board of Directors and Committee Chair.
She is a frequent speaker on ADR topics for bar and professional organizations, and ADR institutions. Ms. Samaras has written extensively about ADR topics including: as the editor and an author of the ABA published book, ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Cases (Second Edition); and as the author of a chapter on selecting arbitrators in the book Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States, published by Practicing Law Institute (2018).
Ms. Samaras holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree in the life sciences, a J.D. degree, and an LL.M. degree in Patent and Trade Regulation Law.