Samuel R. Leist focuses his practice on representing insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation arising under general liability, directors and officers, and professional liability policies. He also handles matters involving claims of bad faith, and provides strategic counseling to clients regarding potential liability and strategies for handling underlying liability matters.

Sam appears regularly in state and federal court, representing clients in all matters of commercial litigation, including pre-suit counseling and advice, motion practice, discovery and mediation.


Sam joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in March 2020. Previously he was an associate with a national law firm, where he focused on insurance litigation, ERISA and disputes involving design professional liability.

Sam has diverse international public interest experience. Prior to receiving his law degree in 2018, he was honored with the Fulbright Scholarship and completed a Fulbright Grant at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey. As a law student, Sam worked as a legal intern and extern with several entities, including the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C. In that role, he performed research in support of trade negotiations with foreign nations and for cases brought before the World Trade Organization.

While earning his law degree, Sam served as an editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. He successfully litigated a number of cases through Notre Dame’s clinical law and externship programs, including a full EOIR trial where he obtained a judgment granting asylum for a refugee family victimized by gang violence. He also was employed as the Head Coach of the University of Notre Dame Debate Team.


Sam is a member of the Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board and an Ambassador with Polar Bears International, a leading scientific research organization. He also provides mentorship to law and pre-law students.


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2018

DePauw University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2014


  • Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2019


  • Chicago Bar Association


  • Fulbright Scholarship


When not practicing law, Sam can be found hiking with his dog or exploring Chicago's culinary scene. He enjoys scuba diving, cooking, and writing.

What is one item on your bucket list? Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? Professional chef.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? While living in Turkey, I spent many weekends with friends exploring as much of the beautiful Turkish countryside as possible. I will always cherish the memories of those trips.
What is your favorite restaurant? Veccia Roma in Rome, Italy.