Brandon Sample, Attorney at Law

Brandon Sample is a highly skilled and dedicated attorney focusing on federal criminal defense, federal appeals, federal post-conviction relief, civil rights litigation, administrative law, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). With a strong commitment to justice and an impressive track record, attorney Brandon Sample is a trusted advocate for his clients.

Brandon Sample has established himself as a leading advocate with a distinguished career marked by significant contributions to legal scholarship and a passionate commitment to criminal justice reform. His legal practice is characterized by a deep dedication to his clients and a relentless pursuit of justice. Explore this profile to learn more about Brandon Sample’s exceptional qualifications, professional achievements, and community involvement.

Attorney Brandon Sample
Attorney Brandon Sample

Brandon Sample Practice Areas

Brandon Sample’s law practice covers multiple facets of federal law. His law firm’s key areas of expertise include:

Federal Criminal Practice

Brandon Sample specializes in the following areas of federal criminal practice:

  • Presidential Pardon and Commutation Petitions
  • Pre-Trial and Trial Representation
  • Sentence Mitigation Strategies
  • U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Application and Objections
  • Federal Appeals
  • 28 U.S.C. § 2255 Motions
  • 28 U.S.C. § 2241 Petitions
  • 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) Motions
  • Federal Prisoner Treaty Transfer Requests
  • Federal Cooperation Assistance
  • BOP Compassionate Release
  • Motions to Amend Supervised Release Conditions
  • Early Termination of Supervised Release
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons Matters

Civil Practice Areas

Brandon Sample’s civil practice areas include a robust selection of critical legal services:

  • Prisoner Civil Rights
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Inmate Abuse/Neglect Claims
  • Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Administrative Procedures Act
  • Inmate Accident Compensation Claims

Publications by Brandon Sample

Brandon Sample is a prolific author whose works have significantly contributed to legal scholarship, particularly in federal criminal justice. Some of his notable publications include:

  • The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (2016)
  • Pardons and Commutations of Sentences: The Complete Guidebook to Applying for Clemency (2019)
  • Over 100 articles on criminal justice topics for Prison Legal News.
  • Co-authored several articles for the Huffington Post on criminal justice issues.
  • Columnist for Criminal Legal News.

Media Appearances

Attorney Brandon Sample has been featured in various media outlets, sharing his insights and expertise:

  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • Reuters
  • ABC News
  • NBC News
  • NBC News
  • BBC News
  • Newsweek
  • Bloomberg
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • BuzzFeed News
  • Huffington Post
  • SiriusXM
  • New York Daily News
  • Jerusalem Evening Post
  • The Marshall Project

Community Involvement

Brandon Sample is not only an attorney but also a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform. In 2013, he founded Prisology, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reforming the U.S. criminal justice system. Prisology played a pivotal role in advocating for retroactive drug relief for federal prisoners, a change expected to save U.S. taxpayers over $4 billion in incarceration costs. Brandon gave testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission in June 2014 and was instrumental in adopting these reforms, resulting in the early release of thousands of individuals.

Courts of Admission

Brandon Sample attorney is admitted to practice in an extensive range of federal courts, demonstrating his broad legal expertise and commitment to representing clients across the United States:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – E.D. of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court – Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court – C.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – N.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – S.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – N.D. of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court – S.D. of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court – E.D. of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – E.D. of New York
  • U.S. District Court – S.D. of New York
  • U.S. District Court – N.D. of New York
  • U.S. District Court – W.D. of New York
  • U.S. District Court – North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court – N.D. of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – W.D. of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Vermont
  • U.S. District Court – E.D. of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – W.D. of Wisconsin
  • Vermont Supreme Court


  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Vermont Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, summa cum laude, Adams State University

Professional Associations

Brandon Sample is an active member of several prestigious professional organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association

Attorney Brandon Sample

Brandon Sample is a distinguished attorney whose dedication to criminal justice reform, extensive legal knowledge and numerous publications make him a leading figure in his field. Whether through his legal practice, advocacy, or writing, Brandon Sample continues to positively impact the lives of his clients and the broader legal community. His commitment to excellence and justice is evident in every aspect of his work.