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Samuel Thorpe

Law Clerk


Samuel Thorpe’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on antitrust disputes, class action defense, white-collar investigations, and investor-state settlements.

Prior to joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Samuel was a senior lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor, where he litigated complex commercial and public interest matters involving violations of federal laws, including antitrust regulatory investigations and national security proceedings.

Samuel obtained a bachelor of laws from the Australian National University, where he was a member of the White & Case Jessup Moot Court Competition world champion team.

He previously served as a judicial associate for Justice John Griffiths of the Federal Court of Australia. Samuel is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales, his admission to the New York Bar is pending.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with respect to its prosecution of Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited and Deutsche Bank AG for alleged banking cartel offences.
  • The Australian government against claims brought by Philip Morris Asia in an investor-state arbitration (Phillip Morris Asia Limited and Commonwealth of Australia PCA, Case No. 2012-12).
  • Terrorist offenders with respect to certain applications for post-sentence control orders.
  • Defense of claims of privilege and immunity from production in respect of reports of the International Committee of the Red Cross(Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia (No 4); (2016) 52 V.R. 368).
  • The Commonwealth of Australia in a significant personal-injuries and false imprisonment class action.
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Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2018; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

Australian National University (LL.B., magna cum laude, 2011)

Australian National University (B.A., 2011)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York (Pending)
  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 
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