Samuel R. Gates

Sam’s clients value his practical advice and straight-forward solutions to complex problems.


Samuel R. Gates (“Sam”) is an experienced litigator focusing on the representation of businesses and nonprofits in litigation, jury trials, mediations, and appeals in state and federal courts. Sam has significant experience in employment counseling and litigation and regularly represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In addition to employment matters, his litigation practice includes business disputes, real estate litigation, and a variety of civil rights matters.

Sam has significant trial experience including first-chairing a federal jury trial in which he prevailed on behalf of his client, a result that he succeeded in getting upheld by the First Circuit.

Sam’s approach to litigation and counseling is results-oriented. He draws on his diverse legal and business experience to develop and execute effective strategies for his clients.

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2012
  • Colorado College, B.A. History & Political Science, 2002


Prior to joining the HRW Team, Sam was an associate at Boston litigation firm. In that position, his practice focused primarily on the defense of cities, towns, and other public employers in tort, employment, and civil rights matters. Previously, Sam was a Trial Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency of Massachusetts, where he gained significant experience representing defendants in Massachusetts courts.


  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice


  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2024
  • Named Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2019-2022

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