About Don Sampen

Personal Background

  • Resides with his wife Im in Lincolnwood
  • B.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston
  • J.D. from Northwestern Law School (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Recently published a novel entitled “The Whims of War” about the American Revolutionary War: www.amazon.com/Whims-War-Don-R-Sampen

Experience and Qualifications

  • 30+ years of Legal Experience
  • Partner, Clausen Miller, P.C.
  • Legal career focusing on commercial litigation and appeals
  • Former Assistant Illinois Attorney General
    (Chief, Public Interest Division and Special
    Litigation Bureau)
  • Has litigated hundreds of cases
  • Published numerous articles on the law
  • Part-time Professor at Loyola School of Law for 13 years
Don and Im in Yellowstone last summer

Pro Bono work

Understanding that people with limited financial resources should not be denied access to justice, Don has performed important pro bono work throughout his career.  During the 1980s and early 1990s, he handled many pro bono cases in the prisoner rights area.  In one such case, Smith v. Nash, No. 89 C3770, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, he tried before a jury a prisoner beating claim and obtained a favorable result for his client/inmate.  Another case he handled was Walsh v. Brewer, 837 F.2d 789 (7th Cir. 1988), which he argued in the Seventh Circuit and which contributed significantly to the cause of protecting inmates from assaults by fellow inmates.

Don always believed strongly in educating the next generation of attorneys.  He has taught a number of different law school courses throughout the years, including trial practice, pre-trial litigation practice, and, most recently, insurance law.  He taught the insurance law course at Loyola Law School for 13 years and published articles on a variety of important legal topics.  He has volunteered his legal services with organizations fighting human trafficking and is active in his home community of Lincolnwood on the plan commission.