Sam's practice areas include labor and employment law; railroad defense litigation; municipal liability, including employment matters and civil rights defense; general defense litigation.

Sam represents employers in all aspects of discrimination matters, from investigating and defending charges before the EEOC through trials in federal and state courts. He has also represented management in employer-employee relations matters, wrongful discharge cases, unemployment and workers' compensation matters, and OSHA whistleblower matters.

His transportation practice includes defending railroads in FELA, grade crossing and trespasser cases; FRSA whistleblower cases; Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act cases, including appeals; and employment discrimination and Railway Labor Act claims.

    • Education

      • J.D., Washington & Lee University, Law Review, 1977
      • A.B. Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 1971

      Professional Recognition

      • Norfolk Lawyers of the Year - Railroad Law
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    • Memberships

      • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
      • Virginia State Bar
      • Virginia Bar Association
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      • Chancellor: Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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  • Obtained summary judgment in civil rights case for local municipality.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in age discrimination claim brought by mid-level manager.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in race discrimination and retaliation claim brought by mid-level manager.
  • Successfully obtained injunctive relief for railroad in Railway Labor Act matters and successfully opposed FELA plaintiff's claim for injunctive relief.
  • Successfully defended numerous 20109 FRSA whistleblower cases at OSHA investigation, Administrative Law Judge and Federal Court stages.
  • Represents municipalities in civil rights (42 USC Section 1983) litigation and employment-related matters.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of municipal liability wrongful death case.
  • Successfully represented major manufacturer in defending discrimination charges before EEOC.
  • Extensive experience in defending occupational Repetitive Strain Injury (carpal tunnel syndrome, back wear out, etc.) cases under FELA.
  • Extensive experience in FELA trauma cases and grade crossing cases for railroads. Samuel J. Webster Retired Willcox & Savage, P.C. (757) 628-5518 (757) 628-5566
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