SAMUEL D. BRICKLEY 2ND
Samuel D. Brickley 2nd is a professor of business law and criminal justice at Plymouth State University (PSU) in New Hampshire, where he has taught various law courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs since 2005. In 2008, Sam was inducted as an honorary faculty member into the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. And in 2016, he received PSU’s highest honor for undergraduate teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Award.
From 1997 to 2005, Sam was in the private practice of law in Wilmington, Delaware, most recently as a partner and the chair of the corporate and commercial practice group at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP (CBL&H). At its peak, CBL&H was a law firm of 100+ attorneys with offices in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, California. In 2012, Sam’s former practice group left to form Connolly Gallagher LLP. While at CBL&H, Sam concentrated his practice in business, corporate, and trust litigation, primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the premier court in the country for the resolution of fiduciary disputes, and the US District Court for the District of Delaware.
From 1994 to 1997, Sam was a deputy attorney general for the Delaware Department of Justice, where he litigated cases in the civil, criminal, and fraud divisions. While assigned to the criminal division, Sam successfully prosecuted numerous cases to jury verdict, ranging from speeding to first degree murder.
In slightly more than twelve years of active practice, Sam litigated cases in all of the Delaware state and federal courts and before various state agencies, before a three member panel of the American Arbitration Association in New York, and in courts in New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. In addition, Sam’s cases took him to California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, for depositions and other discovery matters.
Sam earned a JD and an MBA from the University of San Diego in 1993, where he was awarded a graduate fellowship in the School of Business Administration. Sam earned an AB in economics and government from Cornell University in 1989, where he was a Cornell National Scholar, elected to the Sphinx Head Society, and twice earned All-Ivy and All-America honors in football. Cornell won the 1988 Ivy League Championship during Sam’s senior year.
Sam is no stranger to New Hampshire and PSU. He spent much of his childhood in Tilton, where his father was the athletic director and head football coach at the Tilton School in the 1970s. In addition, Sam’s father is an MEd graduate of PSU and was the owner of a Nationwide Insurance agency in Laconia before retiring in 2014. Sam’s wife is also an MEd graduate of PSU. And while she was pursuing her degree in 1993, Sam began his legal career in Plymouth as an associate at Deachman & Cowie, P.A., before relocating with his wife to Delaware for job opportunities. Finally, by joining the PSU faculty, Sam became a colleague of his mother, who taught various economics courses at PSU for eighteen years until retiring in 2011.
Sam is active in community affairs; he has served on many local and regional boards. Sam is presently a selectman for the town of Holderness, where he resides with his high school sweetheart and wife of twenty-six years, Nari, and their three children. Nari is a second grade teacher at Holderness Central School.