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Sam Clawson, Jr.
Senior Litigator

Office: 843-577-2026

Cell: 843-224-2423

A native of Charleston, Sam graduated from Porter Gaud School and matriculated to the University of South Carolina, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, as a history major and political science minor. He remained at the University of South Carolina for law school, where he received the CALI award for academic excellence in Products Liability and obtained a Juris Doctorate. Sam moved to New York City following law school to continue his education at New York Maritime College, where he graduated with honors with a Master of Science in International Transportation Management and Merchant Marine deck officer’s license.

Sam has sailed deep sea as a deck officer on unlimited tonnage vessels for leading international container liner Maersk. He currently holds United States Coast Guard licenses as a Second Mate Any Gross Tons Oceans and as a Master Not More Than One Hundred Tons Near Coastal. Sam has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Naval Science Department at The Citadel, instructing senior Naval ROTC cadets in terrestrial navigation and the nautical Rules of the Road.

Sam has been licensed since 2008 and practices in the areas of admiralty, maritime, dram shop, liquor liability, liquor licensing, negligent security, hospitality industry, premises liability, specialty commercial, personal injury and general litigation. His education and experiences prior to working as a defense attorney have allowed him to develop a unique insight into these practice areas. Sam represents both plaintiffs and defendants, with a focus on litigating claims involving serious bodily injury arising in the context of boating and personal water craft accidents, dram shop / liquor liability accidents and daycare facility abuse and neglect.

Sam married his wife, Lauren, in December 2008 in Charleston. Lauren is the owner of Charleston Dog Walking Co. and the co-owner of Bitsy & Bea Vintage.  Sam and Lauren reside on the peninsula with their daughter, Bitsy, and their three dogs, Lily Bell, Ruthy May, and Moose. Sam spends his free time boating and fishing on the waters surrounding Charleston, gardening, traveling and attending USC football games.

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Dram Shop/Liquor Liability/Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Personal injury
  • Premises liability

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2008


  • University of South Carolina,
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2003
  • University of South Carolina,
  • Juris Doctorate, 2007
  • New York Maritime College
  • Master of Science,
  • Merchant Marine deck officer's license, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Propeller Club of Charleston
  • Maritime Association of South Carolina
  • Nautical Institute

Reported Opinions

  • “When Meeting, Take Care to Assess Other Vessel’s Bearing, Course,” Professional Mariner: Journal of the Maritime Industry, August 2015.
  • "Starboard Quarter Approach: don't assume you know what the other vessel is thinking," Professional Mariner: Journal of the Maritime Industry, June 2013
  • "Coast Guard's STCW policy letters provide window into future of rest hours, endorsements, ECDIS," Professional Mariner: Journal of the Maritime Industry, May 2013.
  • "Introducing the SEEMP: What does the introduction of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan mean in practice?" Seaways: International Journal of the Nautical Institute, April 2013
  • "MARPOL Should be Trained in STCW's Mandated Rest Hours Before U.S. Implementation," Professional Mariner: Journal of the Maritime Industry, October 2012.
  • "Mandated Rest Hours: the compliance conundrum," Seaways: International Journal of Nautical Institute, September 2012.
Meet Our Attorneys
Clawson & Staubes Attorneys
Our Offices
  • Charleston

  • 126 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 200
  • Charleston, SC 29492
  • (843) 577-2026
  • Charlotte

  • 756 Tyvola Road, Suite 130
  • Charlotte, NC 28217
  • (704) 940-9128
  • Columbia

  • 1612 Marion Street, Suite 200
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (800) 774-8242
  • Greenville

  • 1000 E North Street, Suite 200
  • Greenville, SC 29601
  • (864) 331-8940