Senior Associate Samuel A. Leven, Esq. has been working for The Baldwin Law Firm since December of 2010. A foreign service child, Sam spent his early childhood in Germany, Hungary and Sweden before settling down in Northern Virginia at the age of ten, where he has remained a resident ever since.
Sam attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and then moved on to the University of Virginia for both college and law school. While at U.Va., Sam was a trial “counsel” charged with defending fellow students facing expulsion because they were accused of violating the school’s Honor Code.
After graduating from law school, Sam served as a fellow with the Public Defender’s Office in Loudoun County where he represented indigent defendants facing jailable misdemeanor charges. After his fellowship, he joined The Baldwin Law Firm where he developed his own niche practice within the firm.
In addition to handling family law cases (including adoption), Sam also handles landlord/tenant matters, appellate litigation, defamation defense, and debt collection matters (representing both creditors and debtors), and has accepted a number of pro bono appointments in civil matters through Legal Services of Northern Virginia.
Sam is admitted to appear in front of all state-level trial and appellate courts in Virginia and DC, as well as the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
He has also written extensively about the law, having had an article on mandatory imputation of income in support cases published in the June, 2017 edition of Virginia Lawyer Magazine, and having maintained a legal blog titled The Law is Your Friend.
In June of 2017, Sam was elected by the Virginia State Bar Council to serve a three year term as a member of the Fifth District Committee, Section III. District Committees serve as a core component of the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary system, as District Committees oversee investigations of complaints of misconduct against attorneys, adjudicate the claims, refer cases to the statewide Disciplinary Board where a sanction of suspension or disbarment might be warranted, and issue lesser sanctions.
In this role, Sam will be helping to preserve the integrity of the legal profession in Virginia, and protect the public from unethical conduct by attorneys.
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