Samuel Brown


Senior Counsel, Washington, D.C.

Key Facts

Attended New York University School of Law

Practice Area

Political Law

Joined A&O

August 2011

Sam joined Allen & Overy as an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2005. We asked him the following questions:

Tell us about your career path and why you chose to join Allen & Overy.
Before joining Allen & Overy I spent time at another law firm in D.C. and as a lawyer at the Federal Election Commission. When I heard about the chance to be a part of opening Allen & Overy’s Washington office, I signed up immediately.

Why did you choose to specialize in your practice area?
I’ve always been fascinated by the political process and the question of how to improve the delivery of government services. At bottom, Political Law regulations seek to address government failures—corruption, favoritism, a lack of transparency, or similar issues. Too often, unfortunately, Political Law regulations overcompensate for these failures, or create entirely new problems.

I’ve been lucky to have practiced during a time of extraordinary change in my field. The sorts of issues I address today are far different than the ones I tackled when I was just getting started, and that helps to keep things interesting.

What kind of clients do you represent?
We primarily represent multinational corporations. A significant portion of our clients are global financial institutions, including banks and asset managers, but we also represent other corporates, real estate developers, and trade associations. In our vetting practice, we represent individuals who are entering government service, which presents a completely different dynamic.

What do you enjoy most about your practice?
I really enjoy the counseling aspect. As a regulatory lawyer, I spend much of my time trying to anticipate problems, and working with clients to develop possible solutions.

How does Allen & Overy differ from other firms in Washington, D.C.?
While there are many differences, two stand out. First, this is a truly global firm, with an unbelievable presence around the world. A lot of D.C. firms have overseas offices, but at Allen & Overy, I truly feel that I am plugged in to an international network of top-notch lawyers. Second, the D.C. office is young and growing, which results in a culture and opportunities that you won’t find at some of our more established competitors.

What do you think sets Allen & Overy’s summer associate program apart from other programs?
Our summer associate program in D.C. offers the best of both worlds. As it is a new program it is relatively small, so you will have the opportunity to really get to know all of our attorneys well, but at the same time it is a growing program, which presents many opportunities for young lawyers.

What do you enjoy most about working at Allen & Overy?
It may be a cliché, but at the end of the day it is all about the people you work with. I’ve also really appreciated the excitement of building a new office, while having the support of being part of the broader firm.