Samuel M. Pipino

phone: 614.221.2121
direct line: 614.340.7452
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.

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, 2024