Sam Winston is a New Orleans appellate attorney practicing across Louisiana who specializes in appeals, federal cases, and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Winston is frequently hired by other attorneys, including the state’s top trial lawyers, to write their briefs and co-chair their cases in high-profile trials and appeals.
Mr. Winston started his legal career as an associate attorney in the white-collar section of Jones Walker LLP, one of the top law firms in the Gulf South, working on both civil and criminal cases for five years. In 2017 he opened his own criminal defense practice that specializes in white-collar criminal defense and criminal state appeals.
Mr. Winston earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and received a Master of Law degree in law and business from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Hamburg, Germany.
Following graduate school, Mr. Winston attained his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and received his Louisiana law license in 2012. He practices before all Louisiana state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Previously, Mr. Winston clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans and for judges in the United States Eastern District of Louisiana and the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Active in his community, Mr. Winston is a member of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Program and a former board member of St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School.