Cozen O’Connor: Lewis, Samuel A.

Samuel A. Lewis

Co-Chair, Copyright Practice

Miami

(305) 397-0799

(305) 720-2271

Five Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2017 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that five of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by The Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer-review publications in the legal profession.

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Samuel focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and transactional matters involving computer, technology, and Internet-related issues. He has represented a wide variety of clients including motion picture companies, photographers, internet and computer-related companies, health care providers, and various other corporations seeking to secure rights, protect their intellectual property and defend their rights on the internet. He has also served as outside general counsel to a variety of corporations. Sam’s background as a photojournalist and computer software developer enables him to combine a practical understanding of content creation and a technical perspective to find solutions for his clients.

Sam has authored more than 50 articles relating to technology and intellectual property law. He has also lectured extensively and served for seven years as an adjunct professor of law at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. His lecture course, “Computers and the Law,” covered topics including internet jurisdiction, computer-related evidentiary issues, electronic discovery, privacy issues, “Cybertorts,” and the development of laws relating to computer usage, electronic commerce, and electronic signatures. 

Since 2012, Sam has been a member of the Local Rules Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Sam is also actively involved with the Intellectual Property Law, Computer and Technology Law, and e-Discovery Committees of the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, and through that involvement has helped to shape legislation in Florida relating to computers and other intellectual property issues.

Sam is board certified in intellectual property law by the Florida Bar and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

Experience

News

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O'Connor Intellectual Property Attorneys Featured in IP Stars 2017

May 26, 2017

Six Cozen O'Connor Intellectual Property attorneys were featured in IP Stars 2017.

Camille Miller and Samuel Lewis Selected as Lawyer of the Year USA by Lawyer Monthly

December 14, 2016

Camille Miller and Samuel Lewis, both of Cozen O’Connor’s Intellectual Property department, were both selected by Lawyer Monthly as Lawyer of the Year USA.

Five Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2017 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®

August 16, 2016

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that five of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by The Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer-review publications in the legal profession.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Publications

Fair Use And Other Foibles

January 15, 2019

Samuel Lewis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, wrote in Digital Photo Pro about the use of copied photos.

Is Your Agent Really Your Agent?

October 02, 2018

Samuel Lewis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, wrote in Digital Photo Pro about agents and stock photo agencies.

Enforcing Your Copyright Tomorrow And Beyond

April 02, 2018

Samuel Lewis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, wrote in Daily Photo Pro about copyright enforcement on photos.

Have We Seen the Limits of Fair Use?

March 28, 2018

Samuel Lewis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, wrote in the Daily Business Review about how Google and Oracle are now destined for yet another trial arising from Google’s alleged unauthorized use of 37 of Oracle’s Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in the Android smartphone operating system.

Copyright Monkey Business [Digital Photo Pro]

July 18, 2017

Samuel Lewis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, discusses a recent photo copyright case on Digital Photo Pro.

Defending Your Copyright Could Cost You [Digital Photo Pro]

April 14, 2016

Samuel A. Lewis discusses how a recent court decision may impact copyright owners who send Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices.

Apple Encryption Order Raises Constitutional Concerns [Daily Business Review]

February 23, 2016

Samuel A. Lewis discusses an order requiring Apple Inc. to produce a hackable version of its smart phone operating system.

Co-opting Business for Government Hacking [Miami Herald]

February 22, 2016

Samuel A. Lewis discusses the U.S. government’s order requiring Apple to facilitate government hacking.

The Transforming Nature of Fair Use [Digital Photo Pro]

November 05, 2015

Samuel A. Lewis, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Intellectual Property department, discusses the potential pitfalls of the fair use concept.

Promotional Benefits Or Rights Grab? [Digital Photo Pro]

February 12, 2014

Samuel A. Lewis, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Intellectual Property Litigation group, discusses the potential pitfalls of posting photographs on social media.

Pay Attention to the Details [Digital Photo Pro]

October 07, 2013

Samuel A. Lewis discusses the importance of reading license agreements online before accepting the terms.

Click On The Dotted Line [Digital Photo Pro]

February 20, 2013

Samuel Lewis discusses the legal evolution of digital signatures and the implications for contracts.

Arbitration Friend or Foe? [Digital Photo Pro]

October 16, 2012

Samuel A. Lewis discusses the increasingly common use of alternative dispute resolution procedures like mediation and arbitration.

Stealing Inspiration [Digital Photo Pro]

June 12, 2012

Samuel A. Lewis discusses the artistic learning process and the distinction between inspiration, plagiarism and copyright infringement.

Laws In Collision [Digital Photo Pro]

April 19, 2012

Samuel A. Lewis discusses the “collision” of first amendment, fair use protection and trademark rights in a case regarding the rights of trademark owners.

The Fair Use Quandary [Digital Photo Pro]

December 14, 2011

Samuel A. Lewis discusses the dilemmas of fair use, which he describes as “one of the more difficult concepts in U.S. copyright law.”

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Bench & Bar Conference 2019

March 01, 2019 - Miami, FL

9th Annual IP Symposium

April 12, 2018 - St. Pete Beach, FL

8th Annual IP Symposium

March 30, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Education

  • University of Florida School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Florida State University, M.A., 1991
  • Florida State University, B.A., 1989

Awards & Honors

Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar, 2007 - Present

Lawyer Monthly, Internet Law – Lawyer of the Year - USA, 2016

Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present

Best Lawyers in Florida 2018

South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers" 2019

Florida Super Lawyers 2019

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin

Board of Trustees, Temple Judea 2017- Present