Samantha H. Ramsey

Samantha brings a unique background to Ramsey Legal Services.  Before her legal career, Samantha taught United States history and language arts just east of Sacramento in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.  During her last years of teaching, she put herself through Lincoln Law School of Sacramento and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2004.

State Bar Number: 230862
Phone (Sacramento Office): 916-604-9780
Phone (Susanville Office): 530-250-3175
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Samantha went on to gain nearly ten years’ civil litigation experience, in both the private and public sectors.  She has represented individual clients both in private and commercial capacities in general liability matters and complex litigation around construction defect.  Following her early years in the private sector, Samantha found her way back into public service at the Department of Justice.  As a Deputy Attorney General, Samantha practiced constitutional law, trying cases to juries in The Eastern District of the United States District Court based on conditions of confinement in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Samantha’s experience litigating constitutional claims extends beyond the correctional setting into the areas of Health, Education and Welfare, where she represented multiple state agencies in actions involving civil rights of Californians and the responsibilities of government in protecting those rights.

Samantha with then-Attorney General Kamala Harris

A firm believer in Alternate Dispute Resolution, Samantha’s mediation experience spans her entire career.  She has represented parties seeking effective and efficient resolution in the mediation setting, both formal and informal; she’s achieved positive results across a myriad of practice areas, in distinctly different contexts, including: the insurance defense settlement realm, within the California prison system, among educational entities around teacher discipline and student rights, and on behalf of the Department of Public Health against nursing homes cited for civil rights and Health & Safety Code violations.

Most valuable of all, Samantha gained experience in the mediator role herself throughout the spring and summer of 2012, working side-by-side with her father, the great Joe Ramsey, as he resolved no less than a dozen cases in the last five months of his life, the last of which four days before he drew his last breath.  A better example and teacher of effective, devoted mediation cannot be found, as Samantha became substantially involved in creating settlements, including a complex probate/family trust matter, two medical malpractice cases, and premises liability action with a workers’ comp component.

Professional Experience

Ramsey Legal Services March 2016 to present

  • Full service family law representation, including estate planning, conservatorships and adoption.
  • Civil Rights litigation in the areas of educational access, excessive force, conditions of confinement, and LGBTQ equality and protection.

University of California, Berkeley, History Department, 2014 – 2016:
Academic Advisor / Curriculum Scheduler / Enrollment Manager

  • Facilitated Peer Advisor Program, coordinated multi-year curriculum planning against limited University resources, managed work-study program to achieve department objectives

Office of the Attorney General 2008-2013

Health, Education & Welfare Section 
Represented multiple governmental agencies in various actions, including:

  • Prosecuting teacher disciplinary actions at administrative hearing on behalf of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Pursuing child care license revocation actions on behalf of the Department of Social Services.
  • Defending challenges to nursing home citations on behalf of the Department of Public Health.
  • Highly effective client and witness rapport: thorough and efficient preparation for testimony, clarification and assistance in discovery responses and trusted advisement.
  • Collaboration with governmental agency staff to draft superior and appellate court pleadings, prepare for and conduct administrative and superior court hearings.
  • Employed ADR techniques to resolve claims when in the client’s best interest.

Correctional Law Section 2008-2011
Managed heavy prisoner civil rights litigation caseload from intake to disposition, specifically involving due process, equal protection, denial of adequate medical care and excessive force claims in both state and federal court, including:

  • Five federal civil rights jury trials in the Eastern District U.S. Court.
  • Successful resolution of claims to client satisfaction in the formal mediation setting, as well as through informal collaboration with opposing counsel and primary stakeholders.
  • Substantial deposition experience.
  • Extensive law and motion practice in federal and state court, disposition of 75% of caseload through summary adjudication.
  • Post-judgment enforcement on Coleman v. Brown by direct collaboration with officials from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Mental Health (now part of the Department of Health Care Services), in addition to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation clients.
  • Co-coordinated the Law Student Intern Program: recruitment, assignment, monitoring and evaluation.

Private Sector Civil Litigation

Law Offices of Joe Ramsey 2012 Assisted in mediator capacity to successful resolution of a variety of cases, including:

  • Contentious family estate conflict over multimillion dollar real estate assets.
  • Arbitration of medical malpractice action against orthopedic surgeon.
  • Premises liability case involving employee injury against major retail chain.

Anwyl, Scoffield & Stepp 2007-2008 General liability defense litigation, including:

  • Substantial law and motion, legal research and deposition experience.
  • Successful settlement negotiation: three complex litigation cases, each involving at least a dozen cross-defendants and over twenty plaintiff homeowners; two personal injury claims by minor plaintiffs against school districts; and a straightforward landlord-tenant claim.
  • Eight-week jury trial in Yolo Superior Court of complex breach of contract, warranty, negligence and strict liability case, with primary and complicated statute of limitations issues.

Jacobsen & McElroy 2003-2007 Complex construction defect litigation and personal injury defense including:

  • Development of comprehensive litigation plans.
  • Coordinated discovery requests and responses with multiple subcontractor clients.
  • Expert witness retention, collaboration and preparation for deposition testimony.
  • ADR training and experience in mediation and court-ordered settlement conferences, with successful results through formal mediation, cooperative negotiation with opposing counsel, and arbitration.

Public School Educator

Folsom Cordova Unified School District 1990 – 2003

  • Mitchell Middle School Teacher of the Year 1991-1992
  • Folsom Middle School Teacher of the Year 1995-1996

Middle school educator: taught history and language arts; served as division chair and task force member on heterogenous delivery, students needing assistance, charter school development, and retention prevention; coached both girls and boys extracurricular sports; advised the Culture Club and Book Club.


Lincoln Law School of Sacramento — Juris Doctor, 2003
Honors: Salutatorian, Trial Advocacy Award, Moot Court Honorable Mention
American Jurisprudence Awards:  Agency, Torts, Evidence, Wills, Personal Property, Remedies

California State University, Sacramento — Single Subject Teaching Credential – History, 1990
California State University, Sacramento — B.A. History, 1989
California State University, Sacramento — B.A. Psychology, 1987