George Sampson, Attorney At Law
George Sampson has worked in the legal field of antitrust class actions for the past 30 years. He has served as co-lead counsel in the Disposable Contact Lens Litigation and the Visa/MasterCard debit card cases. He also helped develop antitrust claims in the Tobacco Litigation.
Mr. Sampson's principal role is to assist expert witnesses in antitrust cases. He has either taken or defended the deposition of nearly every leading antitrust economist, whether at the class certification stage or the liability and damages phases of complex antitrust class actions.
Mr. Sampson served as chief of the Antitrust Bureau for the New York Attorney General's Office. Mr. Sampson oversaw a 22-person staff and managed case selection and investigation for all civil and criminal prosecutions. He also served as attorney general liaison to the federal-state Executive Working Group-Antitrust. His position as chief involved a heavy trial practice, primarily in federal courts and often in conjunction with several states.
During his 10 years with the Antitrust Bureau, Mr. Sampson's notable cases included winning a $7.8 million jury verdict in a highway bid rigging trial, serving as lead counsel for New York and obtaining a $30 million settlement in insurance antitrust litigation and negotiating a $15 million return to consumers in a resale price maintenance settlement with Nintendo.
Mr. Sampson earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell University and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1977. Mr. Sampson is admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeal.
One of a handful of attorneys who has successfully tried an antitrust case to a jury verdict, upheld on appeal. State of New York v. Hendrickson Bros., Inc., 840 F.2d 1065 (CA2,1982)
Co-lead counsel in the "Wal-Mart" debit card antitrust litigation against Visa and MasterCard, settled on the eve of trial for $3.1 billion. In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, 280 F.3d 124 (CA2, 2001) (affirming class certification)
Won a litigated class certification decision for the first time ever in a vertical price fixing case. McDonough v. Toys R Us, 638 F. Supp 2d 461 (E.D. PA. 2009)
Co-Lead trial counsel in the Disposable Contact Lens case, settled for $92 million after 6 weeks of trial. Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation, 170 FRD 524 (M.D. FL. 1996) (granting class certification)
Handled expert economist work in high-tech price fixing class actions (DRAM, SRAM and LCD cartels) which settled for over $1 billion.
Brought a landmark class action which required New York City to make its buses and subways accessible to the disabled. Dobico v. Goldschmidt, 687 F. 2d 644 (CA2, 1982).
Lucinda Dunlap, Attorney At Law
Lucinda Dunlap obtained her law degree from Seattle University School of Law, where she was a founding member of the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA), and a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and the Access to Justice Institute. She also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Washington in Zoology and Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. Lucinda worked for the King County Bar Association’s Family Law Mentor Program, Self Help Plus Program, and Housing Justice Project. Over the course of her career, she has received several awards for her pro-bono legal service from the King County Bar Association. Before joining Chihak & Associates, LLC, Lucinda served as the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) Program Director at Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC), where she represented low income disabled and homeless clients before the Social Security Administration. During her time with SCLC, Lucinda developed the DHAP program extensively. Through outreach and close relationships with shelters, DSHS, and service providers, she was able to expand a program that served less than a dozen clients a year to one that now serves in excess of 200. After more than five years as senior attorney at Chihak & Associates, she started a new firm with George Sampson in January 2015. She continues to work with Social Security claimants as well as others needing legal assistance.
Lucinda is admitted to practice law in Washington State. She is a member of the King County Bar Association and Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association. She is a member of the Administrative Law group and Elder Law section of the King County Bar. Lucinda served as a member of the Seattle Community Law Center Board of Trustees for seven years and is the Secretary for the Washington State Board of The Colonial Dames.