Samuel A. Lewis

Co-Chair, Copyright Practice

Miami

(305) 397-0799

(305) 720-2271

Recent News:

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

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

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

Warhol v Goldsmith Could Be ‘Biggest Copyright Case in Decades’

April 04, 2022

Samuel Lewis was quoted in Managing IP discussing the U.S. Supreme Court picking up a fair use case between the Andy Warhol Foundation and photographer Lynn Goldsmith over pictures of the late pop star Prince.

SCOTUS To Examine Fair Use in Warhol ‘Prince Series’ Case

March 29, 2022

Samuel Lewis was quoted in World Intellectual Property Review discussing how the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether Andy Warhol’s “Prince Series” infringed a photographer's copyright, the outcome of which could change the law on ‘fair use’.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers Names Five Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2021 Florida List

June 24, 2021

Super Lawyers has named five Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide

February 02, 2021

Six Cozen O'Connor attorneys have been honored by the South Florida Legal Guide for their work in South Florida over the last year.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

BuzzFeed’s Loss in Photo Case Affirmed by Second Circuit

August 13, 2020

Samuel Lewis was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing copyright management information and BuzzFeed being liable under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for altering a photographer’s credit for a picture and publishing the photo in an article without permission.

Super Lawyers Names Seven Florida Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2020 List

June 11, 2020

Super Lawyers has named seven Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Seven Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide

December 17, 2019

Seven Cozen O'Connor attorney have been honored by the South Florida Legal Guide for their work in South Florida for the last year.

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

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 26, 2019

Super Lawyers has named Nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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.

Publications

COVID-19: Technology to the Rescue in a Remote World? [Daily Business Review]

March 24, 2020

Samuel Lewis wrote an article about ways that you can make working remote become a more productive and a positive experience.

Stairway to Heaven: End of the Inverse Ratio Rule Apophthegm [Daily Business Review]

March 16, 2020

Samuel Lewis wrote an article about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's decision on a intellectual property case involving the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven."

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.

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

Chambers USA, 2020-2022

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

Best Lawyers in America 2007 - 2022

Best Lawyers in Florida 2018

South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers" 2019

Florida Super Lawyers 2007-2021

  • 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 

Vice Chair of the Florida Bar's Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee, 2021

Vice Chair of the Florida Bar's Grievance Mediation & Fee Arbitration Committee, 2021