Samuel D. Fleder


Sam is a partner and member of the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage and Creditors Rights practice groups.  Sam concentrates his practice in the areas of business consulting, trademark disputes, regulatory compliance, and construction and commercial litigation in the alcoholic beverage and financial industries.  Sam has experience in all aspects of litigation, including motion hearings, depositions, complex discovery matters, trials, appeals, and often most importantly, helping his clients resolve active or threatened litigation efficiently while protecting their business interests.

Sam advises clients across the country and is involved in legal representation and litigation across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

During college, Sam worked summers for a New Jersey beer distributor, where he first discovered his love for the alcoholic beverage industry (as well as the joys of working with beer while in his early twenties).  Before returning to graduate school to obtain both his JD and MBA degrees, Sam spent two years helping to build an upstart internet marketing company in New Jersey as Vice President of Media and Marketing. He brings his significant business experience and education to a practice at Smith Debnam that encompasses all aspects of the alcoholic beverage industry and financial sector. Sam aspires to provide advice that enables his clients to maximize their success while staying true to their business purpose. He aims to help clients discern which fights can be avoided, and which need fighting.

Sam is listed as a Rising Star in North Carolina Super Lawyers® that recognizes attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Sam was nominated by fellow lawyers, who have personally observed him in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

Sam, an Eagle Scout originally from New Jersey, is a product of the firm’s Summer Associate Program and earned a joint J.D.-M.B.A. from Campbell University in 2009. While in law school, he served as Membership Editor of the Campbell Law Review, and as an elected representative to the Campbell Law Student Bar Association for three years, serving as president in his third year. Sam’s law school accolades also include the I. Beverly Lake Constitutional Law Award, the Calhoun Advocacy Award; the Order of Old Kivett; the David E. Teddy Student Leader Award; and the Student Bar Association Service Award.

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • J.D., cum laude, Campbell University, 2009
  • M.B.A., summa cum laude, Campbell University, 2009
  • B.A., Political Science, Duke University, 2004; Minor, History
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division, Past President; Membership Services Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
  • North Carolina Bankers Association
  • South Carolina Bankers Association
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms; Business Law Institute
Awards & Recognition Civic Involvement
Published Articles
  • Circumvention by Delegation? An Analysis of North Carolina’s Open Meetings Law and the Byrd Loophole, 31 Campbell L. Rev. 535 (2009)
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