Samantha A. Klausen
Sam Klausen is an experienced advocate and a key member of Dunn Carney’s Litigation Team. Sam understands that real solutions are often found outside the courtroom and her practice focuses on achieving practical results for her clients. Sam is a home-grown associate attorney at Dunn Carney, joining as a Summer Associate in 2019 before graduating with honors from Willamette University College of Law in 2020.
Prior to law school, Sam honed her skills as a negotiator and advocate at the highest levels of Oregon government. She worked for two Oregon governors, two ranking state legislators, and she served as a lobbyist to some of Oregon’s top businesses. Sam also assisted in the start-up and continued operation of her family’s brewery and was a member of AmeriCorps, developing programs for and mentoring at-risk youth in Oregon’s low-income communities. While in law school, Sam also worked as an extern to the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
As an attorney at Dunn Carney, Sam continues to advocate on behalf of her clients to correct injustices, big and small. Sam brings with her a unique perspective of how laws are made and how they affect her clients. Additionally, her wide range of experience in different areas of law makes her competent to handle issues that arise in any industry.
Sam continues her long history of seeking to right social and economic harms for her clients and her community, both in and outside of her role as an attorney. Currently, Sam serves as vice-chair of the Willamette University Racial Justice Task Force, a group focused on ensuring fair and impartial judicial proceedings, and she is a member of Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyer Section Social Justice Task Force.
Cum Laude, Willamette University College of Law
Editor in Chief, Willamette Law Review
Moot Court Board Member
Articles and Media
Report of the Willamette University College of Law Racial Justice Task Force on the Use of Peremptory Challenges during Criminal Jury Selection in Oregon, Willamette Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 2, 2021.
OPB: Think Out Loud, Willamette University Law Graduates Examine Bias in Jury Selection (May 25, 2021)