- University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.B., 1965)
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.A., 1961)
Bar & Court Admissions
- New Jersey, 1965
- United States Supreme Court, 1969
- American Bar Association
- Essex County Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
David SamsonMember of the Firm
Phone (973) 530-2000
Fax (973) 325-3303
David Samson is a founding member of Wolff & Samson. His 40-year career in private practice includes extensive experience in complex business and corporate litigation, administrative proceedings, and governmental and regulatory affairs. Mr. Samson has also acted as a court-appointed labor union trustee, a civil litigation discovery master and as a federal monitor pursuant to a United States Department of Justice deferred prosecution agreement.
During 2002-2003, Mr. Samson served as New Jersey Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer for New Jersey. In this role, he supervised the statewide Divisions of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, Civil Rights, Consumer Affairs and Gaming Enforcement, as well as the Division of Law, which represents all executive departments in New Jersey State government. As Chairman of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, he worked hand-in-hand with federal agencies in organizing and directing counter-terrorism efforts throughout the New Jersey-New York area.
In 2009, Mr. Samson was counsel to the gubernatorial election campaign of Christopher J. Christie and thereafter served as the Chairman of the Transition Committee for Governor Christie.
On February 3, 2011, Mr. Samson was elected Chairman of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after being nominated for the position by Governor Christie. The Port Authority plans, builds, operates and maintains infrastructure -- including airports, tunnels and terminals -- critical to the trade and transportation network of the New York/New Jersey region -- an area that supports 8.6 million jobs with an estimated gross regional product of more than $929 billion.
Among his other public positions, Mr. Samson was appointed by Governor James Florio as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Health Care Costs and by Governor Thomas Kean as the Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on the Laws Governing the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also served from 1982-1990 as General Counsel to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Mr. Samson was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on its Ethics Committee and was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Reporting of Court Decisions. He was also the legal consultant to the Advisory Committee to the Attorney General on Governmental Immunity. In addition, Mr. Samson served on the New Jersey Bar Association Committee on Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments.
Mr. Samson served a judicial clerkship with Associate Justice Nathan L. Jacobs of the New Jersey Supreme Court. In 2011, he was awarded the Essex County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes commitment to promoting integrity, professionalism, advocacy and administration of justice. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Administrative Law and Commercial Litigation and in New Jersey Super Lawyers. He has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards.