Did You Know?

Sam has lived in the State of Illinois his entire life.

As a youth, Sam’s summer jobs included crossing guard, caddy and swim aid.

In high school, Sam played the role of “Charles” in the musical My Fair Lady. His one line: “The horses are leaving the paddock, Mrs. Higgins.”

Sam has an autographed Kenny Rogers photo in his home office.

Sam was once interviewed on the local TV news after buying lottery tickets.

In college, Sam wrote record reviews for the university’s arts magazine.

In his free time, Sam enjoys building Legos with his children.

Sam played baseball and volleyball in high school.

Sam enjoys attending Northwestern football games. He’s been a season ticket holder for several years.

Sam was recently attacked by a bird.

Sam is a transactional attorney experienced in representing both start-up and established franchise companies on franchise and licensing law, commercial transactions, and general legal issues encountered by franchisors.  Sam regularly assists clients in structuring their franchise agreements and franchise programs, drafting and revising international franchising offering circulars, drafting asset purchase documents for the sale of franchises back to the franchisor, and providing legal counsel on a range of business issues.

Prior to joining Cheng Cohen, Sam practiced at a Chicago firm where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, employment issues, and general corporate matters.  Before attending law school, Sam was an editor for a Chicago-area educational publishing company.

  • Education

    • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Loyola University School of Law
    • Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University
  • Associations

    • American Bar Association Section of International Law – International Contracts Committee, Steering Group Member
    • International Franchise Association
    • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Bar Admissions

    • State of Illinois
  • Awards & Recognitions

    • Illinois Rising Star, Business/Corporate Law, Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine (2011 – 2012)
  • Speaking & Publications

    • Author, “Using Crowdfunding to Raise Capital”, Franchising World (Nov. 2017)
    • Author, “Accounting Rule Change for Recognition of Franchise Fees,” The Franchise Valuations Reporter (Vol. 9, Issue 5; May 2017)
    • Author, “The Small Business Administration Modifies Its Approach to Approving Franchise Loan Applications,” NACVA Quickreads (Apr. 2017)
    • Author, “Regulation Crowdfunding: A Viable Option for the Franchising Industry?” The Franchise Lawyer (Fall 2016)
    • Co-Author, “International Expansion: Minimizing the Risk for Smaller Franchise Systems,” Franchise Update (Dec. 2015)
    • Author, “Opting Out of CISG: Always the Best Approach?” ISBA International Section Newsletter (Oct. 2014).
    • Author, “Opinion Analysis: No Overtime for Pharmaceutical ‘Detailers’ Under the FLSA”, SCOTUSblog, (June 2012)
    • Author, “The Outside Sales Exemption: Does It Really Apply to Your Client?” 98 Ill. B.J. 426 (Aug. 2010).