Samuel M. Pipino


Phone: 614.221.2121
Direct Line: 614.221.2121
Fax: 614.365.9516


Theresa Bragg

about Samuel M. Pipino

Sam Pipino has built a successful twenty-nine year 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.

Sam is the Chair of the Isaac Wiles litigation practice group.





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