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April 27, 2023

Sam H. Poteet, Jr. to receive ABA James K. Carroll Leadership Award

CHICAGO, April 27, 2023 —The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Sam H. Poteet, Jr. with its James K. Carroll Leadership Award at the  TIPS & YLD Section Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York. The award, which recognizes an attorney or judge who has demonstrated leadership qualities in service to the section, will be presented during the reception/dinner from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 4.

The TIPS meeting is May 3-6 in New York City.

Poteet is a principal with Manier & Herod, practicing in the areas of surety law, financial institution bonds, fidelity law, D&O and E&O insurance, taxation, estate and business law. He previously served as chair of the TIPS Section and as a council member, officer and chair of its Fidelity & Surety Law Committee. He is a frequent speaker at the American Bar Association, the Fidelity Law Association and the Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Association meetings. Poteet has handled surety claims and workouts/bankruptcies for numerous sureties and handles fidelity and financial institution bond claims. In addition, he has represented clients in numerous purchase and sale transactions of business and handles estate tax planning for large estates, most of which have involved closely held businesses.

Poteet received his B.S. from Tennessee Technological University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1982.  He has been a certified public accountant since 1986 and is a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow.

“Sam Poteet has been an indispensable and dedicated TIPS member and friend, showing significant and steadfast leadership through the years, including his roles as section chair, section finance officer and as chair of the section’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee,” said Gary L. Gassman, TIPS chair. “We are proud to recognize and honor our friend and colleague with the James Carroll Leadership Award for his considerable contributions to TIPS.”

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 10,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.