Sam Aguiar

Founding Attorney

Sam Aguiar

Founding Attorney

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Sam is not your average lawyer. Recognized as one of Kentucky’s most prolific trial attorneys lawyers, Sam’s work has put him on the national stage. He is the visionary behind Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, who has committed his career to giving a voice to those who have been wrongfully injured. Sam’s history of obtaining justice and effecting change through the law is widely known and respected nationwide. His commitment led to the creation of Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers in 2010, a firm built on first-class client service, incredible case results, and community relationships.

Sam’s dedication to innovative practices, client service, and community involvement sets him apart as a Louisville accident lawyer, community leader, and advocate for justice. Clients facing personal injury cases with much at stake won’t find a harder worker and innovator than Sam.

Sam’s career is punctuated with successes in high-stakes cases with significant implications. He has obtained dozens of seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements, including his notable leadership in the historic Breonna Taylor case, which resulted in one of the largest civil rights settlements in United States history.

A published best-selling author and a recognized authority at national events, Sam has presented and educated lawyers nationwide on topics such as law firm culture, innovative case strategies on trucking and personal injury cases, civil rights litigation, and insurance bad faith. His work has led to substantial legal and societal change, including the implementation of significant police reforms and the overhaul and revision of claims handling policies of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurer.

Sam’s successes on high-profile cases have been featured on national outlets such as Hulu, ABC’s 20-20, the New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN, NBC, BBC, NPR, and the Washington Post, underscoring his stature as a leading figure in the legal community.

Sam’s life outside the courtroom is a testament to his diverse interests and commitments. He is a loving family man, married to Janelle, and a proud father of two sons. His hobbies range from partnership with his wife in JS Stables, a stable of thoroughbred racehorses, to playing competitive tennis. He also enjoys engaging with his younger son in Pokémon Go, supporting the University of Louisville Cardinals, and cultivating a notable bourbon collection.

Sam’s compassion extends beyond the courtroom. He and Janelle have made significant philanthropic contributions, donating millions to support underprivileged children, neglected animals, areas stricken by natural disasters, and disadvantaged communities. His law firm, known for its unique blend of professionalism and comfort, reflects his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Sam’s track record and personal commitment to each client make him and his firm an unmatched choice for justice and compensation.


Notable Verdicts & Settlements

  • $ 12.0 Million – Wrongful Death
  • $ 6.1 Million – Truck Accident
  • $ 6.0 Million – Truck Accident
  • $ 5.2 Million – Car Accident
  • $ 4.0 Million – Truck Accident
  • $ 3.6 Million – Truck Accident
  • $ 3.0 Million – Truck Accident
  • $ 2.5 Million – Truck Accident
  • $ 2.0 Million – Truck Accident
  • $1.8 Million – Underinsured Motorist
  • $1.8 Million – Truck Accident
  • $1.6 Million – Car Accident
  • $1.6. Million – Truck Accident
  • $1.5 Million – Car Accident
  • $ 1.25 Million – Police Shooting
  • $1.2 Million – Police Chase
  • $1.1. Million – Car Accident
  • $1.0 Million – Car Accident
  • $ 1.0 Million – Police Chase
  • $975,000 – Truck Accident
  • $950,000 – Dram Shop
  • $850,000 – Slip and Fall
  • $750,000 –  Premises Liability

Accomplishments & Recognition

    • Kentucky Bar Foundation – Chief Justice Fred Vinson Circle
    • Kentucky’s Most Prolific Trial Attorneys (multiple years)
    • 502 Circle – Inner Circle
    • Commencement Speech – University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Graduation (2021)
    • Contributor – New York Times, ABC, Courier-Journal, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, BBC, NPR, etc.
    • On-Screen – Hulu/NYT Documentary, Netflix’s Civil, ABC’s 20/20, Vice News Documentary
    • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • Distinguished Alumni Award – University of Louisville
    • National Best Selling Author (2014)
    • Super Lawyers (multiple years)
    • Best Attorneys of America
    • Martindale Hubble Distinguished Peer Review Rated
    • American Board Of Trial Advocates
    • Presenter – Kentucky Justice Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, University of Chicago, University of Kentucky
    • Guest lecturer – Brandeis School of Law


    • Kentucky, State
    • Tennessee, State
    • Western District of Kentucky, Federal
    • Eastern District of Kentucky, Federal
    • Southern District of Indiana, Federal
    • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal
    • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal


Awards & memberships