Samuel C. Kauffman

Samuel C. Kauffman has over twenty-five years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Prior to founding Kauffman Kilberg LLC, Sam chaired the White Collar Defense and Investigations Group at Garvey Schubert Barer.

Sam has extensive experience representing individuals and organizations in a broad range of complex criminal and regulatory matters. He has represented individual and corporate clients in investigations and prosecutions involving alleged antitrust violations, healthcare fraud, environmental enforcement, securities regulation, criminal tax matters, bank and computer fraud, and many other state and federal matters.

Practice Areas


  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Colorado State University, B.S., Finance, 1989

Professional Recognition

  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America¬© in the areas of Criminal Defense: White Collar and Non-White Collar, 2010-2023 ("Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense: White-Collar" for 2022)
  • Named as Oregon Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense 2015-2023
  • ACLU Foundation of Oregon Civil Liberties Award for pro bono legal services to Guant√°namo detainees, 2009
  • Garvey Schubert Barer's Dallaire Public Service Award, 2009
  • Oregon Chapter of the American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award for "contributions in the finest tradition of the legal profession," 2006

Professional Activities

  • Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board (2015-present)
  • Chair, Multnomah Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee (2016-2019)
  • Chair, Oregon State Bar Criminal Law Section Executive Committee (2012-2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Multnomah Bar Association (2010-2013)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Committee, 2002-2004
  • Member, Board of Directors, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, 2002-2009
  • Member, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2007
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010