Sam Vederman, who recently retired as presiding Judge of the Superior Court in La Paz County, has started his own law practice as a private attorney and is now open for new clients.
Sam moved to Arizona in 1999 after graduating from the Michigan State University College of Law and is intimately familiar with all aspects of the legal system in Arizona. In addition to being a Superior Court Judge, he has served as a prosecutor and a defense attorney with extensive trial experience in La Paz County, Mohave County, Maricopa County and Yuma County. Sam is licensed to practice law in all state courts within Arizona.
As a Superior Court Judge Sam presided over cases involving criminal law (major felonies including first degree murder), family law (divorce, custody, child support), probate law (wills), juvenile law (dependency, delinquency), civil litigation (personal injury, contract disputes, real estate transactions) and appeals from the justice and magistrate courts (misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic issues).
Throughout his legal career Sam has been in the courtroom, either litigating cases himself or presiding over litigation as a judge, and his litigation experience includes substantial jury trial experience both as an attorney and as a judge. In 2016, Sam was selected by the Chief Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, to serve as a judge on eight cases, and, in 2017, Sam was selected by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court to serve as a judge on one case.
Prior to his appointment as a Superior Court Judge in 2012 by Governor Jan Brewer, and his subsequent re-election by the people of La Paz County in 2014, Sam was the elected La Paz County Attorney from 2009 through 2012. As County Attorney, Sam oversaw an office of 20 employees and supervised both the criminal division and the civil division of the office, appearing in court on a regular basis himself representing the State of Arizona.
In addition to his service as a Superior Court Judge and as the La Paz County Attorney, Sam worked in the La Paz County Attorney’s Office as its Chief Deputy County Attorney and as a Deputy County Attorney Prosecutor; as the Chief Prosecutor for the Colorado River Indian Tribes; as a Deputy County Attorney Prosecutor in Yuma County, serving there as a prosecutor in the drugs gangs and violent crimes unit; as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Mesa, Arizona, handling DUI cases on a regular basis; and as a Deputy Public Defender in La Paz County.
While Sam has focused his law practice on the areas of criminal defense, family law and probate law, he is glad to discuss a variety of legal issues with you.
His new office is located at 430 Lake Havasu Avenue South, Suite 102, Lake Havasu City, and he is available by phone at 928.505.0505. Sam welcomes your calls.
Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2000
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 1999
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, B.A., 1991
Assistant District Governor, Rotary of Arizona, 2017 – 2020
Board of Directors, Parker Rotary Club, 2013 – 2018
Past President, Sunrise Rotary Club, 2011, 2012
Past Chairman, La Paz County Narcotics Task Force, 2009-2012
Former Member, Arizona Presiding Judges, 2012 – 2017
Former Council Member, Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council, 2009 – 2012
Former Board Member, Colorado River regional Crisis Shelter, 2009 – 2012
Member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Member, Fraternal Order of Eagles
Member, Parker Area Chamber of Commerce
Member, McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce