Samer Korkor

Partner, Practice Group Leader


Washington, D.C.
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A former federal prosecutor, Samer Korkor serves as the firm’s Litigation Practice Group Leader. Samer is intensely client-focused, and works closely with clients to understand their business and goals.  With experience in and out of government, Samer leverages his knowledge and skill to provide zealous and fair-minded advocacy to achieve the best outcomes for his clients. Samer regularly handles high profile, novel, and complex matters with confidence, creativity, and a problem-solving perspective. He often assists clients who face multi-faceted legal issues, including investigations, white collar matters, and in connection with compliance, complex litigation, and international evidence exchange and extradition. Samer also assists clients seeking to mitigate litigation and other risk by resolving disputes thoroughly, efficiently, and intelligently.  

Previously, Samer held several key positions at the Department of Justice (DOJ), practiced at a major international law firm, and served as both a law professor and federal law clerk. While at the DOJ, Samer contributed to high-level decision-making in his roles as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General / Attorney General’s Counselor on International Affairs. Samer also served as a DOJ trial attorney in both the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section (FCPA Unit) and the Office of International Affairs, where he was responsible for hundreds of matters throughout his tenure, including many highly sensitive and impactful cases garnering media attention. Additionally, Samer served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he tried 25 bench trials. Samer draws on these experiences to provide thought leadership in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal.

Samer, with his wife and family, lives in Maryland. He enjoys exercise, outdoor activities, travel, and family. Samer is pronounced like “hammer” with an “s.”

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
White Collar Crime
Regulatory Compliance

Prior Associations

U.S. Department of Justice
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Council on Legal Educational Opportunities


Washington Univ. of St. Louis School of Law
Fulbright Scholar
Case Western Reserve University

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
Ohio (Inactive)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio