Samuel G. "Sam" Crosby
Sam Crosby is an experienced trial attorney who feels right at home in a courtroom. A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1987, Sam represents families and businesses of all sizes in a variety of civil matters including contract litigation, property disputes, and even intricate divorce. His experience and tenacity make him a force to be reckoned with (and of course, the guy you want on your side).
A language-loving philosopher (Rollins College, Philosophy and English, 1973), Sam took his love of language, persuasion, and debate to the field of law. It was a smooth fit, and prior to joining the firm in 1978, the 1976 University of Florida law school graduate polished his litigation skill with the Tenth Circuit Public Defender’s Office.
Of course, like most Gators, Sam continues to bleed orange and blue, and he and wife, Annette seldom miss a game in the Swamp.
An Experienced Mediator...
In addition to his active litigation practice, Sam is also a 24-year veteran certified mediator and a co-founder of Central Florida Mediation Group, LLC. He has participated in more than a thousand mediations as mediator or as an attorney representing a party.
Sam’s outlook is succinct: “I’m older, and wise enough to understand that mediation really is the best way to resolve a dispute. If we can’t come to an agreement, we can always go to court, but that’s expensive and stressful for my clients. I get excited about mediating because it’s a way to craft honest solutions−which is really the whole point of a legal remedy. Solutions are why my clients come to me.”
It is telling that one so skilled in trial work believes so wholeheartedly in putting the solution first. That client-comes-first attitude is what makes Sam a sought-after litigator.
Awards & Activities
His skill is a given, well documented by numerous awards, but the test of a real “best” is what the other experts--his peers--think about him. Sam’s zealous representation of his clients has earned him the distinction of being a Martindale-Hubbell® AV-rated lawyer, the highest ranking possible for an attorney. Further, in 2008, Sam was tapped for the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only organization of Trial Lawyers whose peers believe they exhibit top jury trial advocacy skills, along with civility, integrity, and professionalism.
Sam received the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award at the Florida Supreme Court in 1991. In addition, Sam is a past recipient of the Lakeland Bar Association's Jerry A. DeVane Award. This award is presented annually to a local attorney with exemplary scholarship, professionalism, and collegiality.
As if it isn’t enough to be recognized and receive awards, Sam is an active leader in the legal profession. He has served as either President or Chairman of the following organizations: the Lakeland Bar Association; the Lakeland Housing Authority; the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association; the Tenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Committee; and the Tenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. He was also a member of the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee. That’s 35 years worth of excellence!
Away from the Office (and the Courtroom)
Having raised four younger brothers after he lost his mom, Sam was a natural as a guardian ad litem for our community. For years, Sam has worked tirelessly with these children who are inadvertently involved in family law litigation. He has also devoted significant time to speaking to Polk County’s elementary and middle school students about our judicial system in his volunteer work with the Lakeland Bar Association’s Law Day activities. We’re pretty sure he has found a way to sneak more hours into his days than the the rest of us, because Sam’s membership in several Masonic organizations is one more outlet for his tireless community service.
Recharging at “home” on the Homosassa River, Sam’s favorite thing to do is sit on the porch with (or without) a good book. The water reminds him to slow down. He fishes and rides the river. A two-hour ride from Lakeland, Homosassa is a world away. And then there are the birds...a pair of pileated woodpeckers stopped by last weekend...