SAMUEL CORNISH

PARTNER | 862-208-1810 | sam@ck-litigation.com


Education

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, cum laude
  • Rutgers University School of Law, JD

Firm Partner Sam Cornish uses his wealth of experience in both private and public legal sectors to represent clients facing government investigations and in private disputes. A well-seasoned litigator, Mr. Cornish has practiced at large law firms and served eight years in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office running major securities, consumer fraud, and healthcare fraud investigations. Mr. Cornish formerly served as Section Chief in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and now represents healthcare and financial sector clients confronted with regulatory and civil investigations of the government, including State Attorneys General, state securities and insurance regulators, the Department of Justice, the SEC, FINRA, HHS, licensing boards, and other agencies.

As the former Chief of the Securities Fraud Prosecutions Section, Mr. Cornish served as the primary legal counsel of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities and led the state civil prosecutors charged with litigating securities fraud, licensing, and regulatory matters against broker-dealers, securities professionals, hedge funds, and Ponzi-scheme operators. He also oversaw the New Jersey public pension funds’ securities fraud class actions and opt-out matters pending throughout the country.

While in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Cornish also led the Government and Healthcare Fraud Section, which investigated healthcare providers’ violations of anti-kickback and anti-referral laws (e.g., Stark Law), and enforced the False Claims Act and other anti-fraud laws. This experience and deep knowledge of regulatory law distinctly position Mr. Cornish to successfully represent individuals and corporations in all manners of regulatory, civil, and criminal investigation.

Mr. Cornish’s private litigation practice also includes representing his clients in partnership disputes, oppressed minority shareholder actions, securities fraud actions, RICO actions, and cases involving other business torts. He also provides general counsel to his clients regarding regulatory, compliance, and corporate governance matters, and cyber-security and privacy laws.

Sam was appointed by Chief Justice Rabner to serve on the Supreme Court’s Committee on Information Technology and Security. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Rising Tide Capital, a Jersey City-based nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship, and is a 2015 Fellow of the Lead New Jersey Program.

He earned his Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), a credential issued to individuals with an understanding of privacy laws and regulations. He is also a Practitioner Contributor to Black’s Law Dictionary (2009) for securities- related terms and phrases.

In 2003, Mr. Cornish graduated Rutgers Law School – Newark, where he was Managing Editor of the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal. He is admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars and represents clients in both jurisdictions.