Samuel M. Pipino

Samuel M. Pipino

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Assistant Shana Scales 614.220.5122
about SamuelX+X+

Sam Pipino has built a successful two-decade litigation track record on keen anticipation, relentless preparation and complete transparency throughout the process.

His practice is concentrated in Insurance Coverage, Construction Defects, and Personal Injury, and he’s handled litigation cases for mid-cap businesses and regional property and casualty insurers throughout Ohio. Sam has also instituted and defended Declaratory Judgment actions in virtually every state court in the Buckeye State, as well as federal courts including the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

When not immersed in litigation, Sam also provides advisory opinions to clients on insurance coverage issues and also handles first-party claims including fraud investigations and examinations under oath.

education & admissionsX+


  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1993
  • Oberlin College, B.A., 1990

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1993
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District Of Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1998


Sam’s representative experience includes:

  • Dozens of civil trials, arbitrations and mediations
  • Appellate advocacy at state and federal courts
  • Frequent insurance coverage and declaratory relief actions
  • Lecturer on a variety of civil litigation topics for insurers, builder and risk managers
case studiesX+

case studies

  • Simpson v. Internet Corp., US 6th Cir., 213 Fed. Appx. 390
  • Chandler v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Group, US 6th Cir., 212 Fed. Appx. 553
  • Stevens v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., US 6th Cir., 375 F3d 464
  • Michael v. Reliance Natl. Ins. Co., Supreme Court of Ohio, May 16, 2001 91 Ohio St.3d 1262 746 N.E.2d 604
  • Hardrives Paving and Constr. Co., Inc. v. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Ins. Co., 11th Dist. Appeals, 137 Ohio App.3d 270
  • Acme Const. Co. v. Continental Nat. Indem. Co., 8th Dist. Appeals, 2003 WL 194879
  • Chavis v. AIG Technical Services, Inc., Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth District, Franklin County, May 19, 2005, 2005 WL 1177929
  • Ruiz v. Rygalski, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth District, Lucas County, March 29, 2002, 2002 WL 471707
  • Kuhn v. ADD, Inc., Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Fairfield County, April 29, 2004, 2004 WL 943910
  • Williams v. Continental Express Co., Shelby County Appellate Court, 2008 WL 4559978
articles & presentationsX+

articles & presentations


  • Articles Editor, The Ohio State University College of Law. Author: “In Whose Best Interest? Exploring the Continuing Viability of the Parental Immunity Doctrine,” 53 Ohio State Law Journal 1111.
  • "Current Issues in Commercial Insurance Lines," Ohio Insurance Institute, March 12, 2019
  • Presenter at the Ohio State Bar Association’s 2019 Insurance and Negligence Law Conference, 9/17/2019
professional & community activitiesX+

professional & community activities


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance


  • St. Mary Development Committee, Past Chairman


  • Legal Leaders 2019 Top Insurance Lawyer
  • Named to Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers List—Insurance Law,  2016, 2018
  • 1996 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • AV – Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell