Samuel M. Pipino


Phone: 614.221.2121
Direct Line: 614.221.2121
Fax: 614.365.9516


Theresa Bragg

about Samuel M. Pipino

With nearly three decades of litigation experience, Samuel M. Pipino has earned a reputation as a trusted legal strategist, known for his foresight, unwavering commitment to preparation, and a transparent approach to every case.

Sam’s practice primarily focuses on insurance coverage, construction defects, and personal injury matters, making him a sought-after counsel for mid-cap businesses and regional property and casualty insurers across Ohio. He has a proven track record of handling litigation cases with precision and has taken on Declaratory Judgment actions in various state courts across Ohio and federal courts, including the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Beyond his litigation expertise, Sam provides invaluable advisory opinions to clients, particularly in the realm of insurance coverage issues. He also adeptly manages first-party claims, including fraud investigations and examinations under oath. As the Chair of the Isaac Wiles Litigation Practice Group, Sam’s leadership underscores his commitment to excellence and client satisfaction. He is a legal professional with a deep understanding of the nuances of his practice areas and a dedication to delivering results.

Sam’s academic journey includes a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1990. He is admitted to practice law in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Throughout his career, Sam has amassed a wealth of experience, handling numerous cases and earning recognition for his contributions to the legal field. He has authored articles on legal topics and presented at prestigious events, including the Ohio State Bar Association’s 2019 Insurance and Negligence Law Conference.

A dedicated professional, Sam is actively involved in legal organizations such as the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Claims & Litigation Management Alliance. Outside the legal arena, Sam’s commitment extends to community involvement. He has served as the Past Chairman of the St. Mary Development Committee and contributed to the Columbus Bar Association’s CBS Agency, Inc.

Recognized as a Legal Leaders Top Insurance Lawyer from 2016 to 2021 and holding an AV – Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Sam Pipino combines extensive experience, a passion for excellence, and an unwavering commitment to his clients. His ability to anticipate and navigate legal complexities makes him the ideal choice for those seeking a seasoned and transparent legal advisor.



education & admissions


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

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 & 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 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
CBS Agency, Inc. (Professional Insurance Services group) of the Columbus Bar Association, Board of Directors


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


Legal Leaders Top Insurance Lawyer – 2016-2021
1996 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
AV – Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell