Samantha ("Sam") Berten practices in the firm's Business Representation & Transactions Group and is a member of the firm's Data Privacy & Cybersecurity and Intellectual Property & Technology Groups. Sam assists individuals and businesses on a broad range of matters, including but not limited to: issues related to data privacy and security, consumer financial privacy, regulatory compliance, incident response, AI, technology transactions, trademarks, copyrights, and IP portfolio management, such as franchise portfolio management.

Prior to joining KMK Law, Sam served as Counsel at Fifth Third Bank where she advised business partners on legal issues related to privacy, consumer financial privacy laws, cybersecurity, technology, regulatory compliance, AI, marketing, IP, and disputes. Additionally, Sam previously served as an associate at a prominent U.S. law firm with a significant presence in the Midwest where she represented clients on trademark, copyright, data privacy, media and entertainment, technology, and advertising matters.

Sam earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2021, and her B.A. from Kenyon College in 2017. While in law school, she served as Blog Editor and Associate Member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review as well as Co-Managing Editor and Articles Editor for Human Rights Quarterly.

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati Bar Association, In-Service, Challenge Lawyer in Service

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Grow PBPO Board Member

Women Helping Women, Governance Committee

University of Cincinnati College of Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, Volunteer Supervisor

Awards & Recognition

Ohio State Bar Foundation, Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 Under for District 1

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J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2021

B.A., Kenyon College, cum laude, 2017

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