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Sam, the son of hard-working immigrants, was born in Canutillo, Texas and attended public schools in the state of New Mexico. He spent virtually every summer of his childhood in his mother’s hometown of Chihuahua, Mexico and as a consequence, is fluent in Spanish. Remarkably, Sam’s fourth-grade teacher strongly urged him to pursue a career practicing law. Once that seed was planted, Sam dedicated all of his efforts to that single goal.



Sam completed his undergraduate degree in three years, graduating with high honors from Texas Tech University in 1978. The next week, Sam started law school at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he graduated as the youngest member of his class. While in his third year of law school, Sam worked full time for a local attorney, Patrick Abeyta. Sam graduated from Texas Tech Law School in 1981 and continued working under Mr. Abeyta. After Mr. Abeyta’s death in 1984, Sam took over the firm at age 27 and was charged with overseeing 13 employees. Almost immediately, Sam converted the law firm from a general practice to one focused exclusively on representing those injured at work or through the negligence of others. 


Since 1984, Sam has led and guided the law firm and turned it into the successful firm it is today.  Sam’s first and true love has been the pleasure of helping those who have suffered from serious injury or death of a family member.  Under Sam’s leadership, the law firm has expanded into numerous states, with various offices, handling cases throughout the United States. The growth and success were founded upon the core principles Sam always instilled into the firm:  honesty and competency. These principles make up FCHC’s culture – and they always will.    


In 2023, Sam chose to step back from the day-to-day responsibilities and devote more of his time to family, friends, and personal pursuits; however, Sam continues to be integral part of the firm he founded.  In his role as “of Counsel” Sam continues to share his vast experience to provide guidance, direction, and advice.   Sam’s influence and beliefs continue to have long-lasting, positive impacts on every employee and client.


Sam has been happily married since 1987 and is blessed with three wonderful children.   Sam believes that, with all things important in life, loyalty and commitment are the foundation to success.  That same foundation helped build the success that has allowed his law firm to help thousands upon thousands of individuals and families navigate difficult times—a mission that the firm continues to pursue each day.