Samuel S. Efird

Sam is a member of the firm’s business and finance practice group, and focuses on general corporate law, entity formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital transactions. He also helps clients navigate the tax implications of their business activities, particularly as it relates to forming and operating partnerships and limited liability companies.

Prior to joining Fennemore, Sam worked for the United States Senate and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also externed with the State of Arizona Governor’s Office of General Counsel and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs, watching college sports, reading, and exploring the outdoors. Sam also serves on the board of a local charter school and its management company.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Finance and Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona, Eller College of Management
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of Barristers
  • Chairman, Arizona State University, Executive Moot Court Board
  • Associate Editor, Arizona State University Law Journal

Areas of Practice

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our business attorneys recognize and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Welcome to one of the largest estate litigation practices in the Southwest and California.

Welcome to one of the largest private client and estate planning practices in the Southwest and California.

Taxes are a significant expense for any business and most individuals, and tax planning should not be an afterthought.

Welcome to one of the largest private client and estate planning practices in the Southwest and California.

As legal professionals, we recognize and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Representative Cases

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in general corporate and contract negotiation matters.
  • Represented numerous clients in the formation and funding of new entities, as well as drafting their governance documents.
  • Represented a venture capital firm in various convertible debt investments.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition and sale of operating companies and related real estate.
  • Represented a private foundation regarding the tax implications of certain investments and operations.
  • Represented a commercial development company in an asset purchase with a national competitor.
  • Represented a medical supply and pharmaceutical company in a merger transaction with an international buyer.
  • Represented a medical services company in connection with its purchase by an international buyer.
  • Represented medical professionals in the structure and sale of their operations.

Awards and Honors

  • Southwest Rising Stars®, Business/Corporate, 2016-2021

Articles And Presentations


  • Company Mentor, Invest Southwest Venture Madness
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Legislative Committee
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Treasurer, Painted Rock Academy
  • Treasurer, Reid Traditional Schools
  • Former Treasurer and Board Member, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona


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