Samuel Canales is a litigator and regulatory attorney, and an associate in the firm's Century City office.
Areas of Practice
Sam represents clients in business litigation and consumer class actions. He has played a lead role in over sixty disputes involving alleged contract violations, business torts, and violations of state and federal laws, including the False Claims Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Health Care Fraud Statute, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and California’s Unfair Competition and False Advertising Laws. Sam’s experience extends to practically every aspect of the litigation process, and his successes include effectively moving to dismiss a healthcare underpayment dispute alleging tens of millions of dollars in damages, and prevailing on a summary judgment motion in a case disputing a key component of a managed care organization’s claims adjudication process.
Sam leverages his extensive litigation experience to also advise clients on regulatory compliance issues, helping them strengthen compliance programs, conduct internal investigations, prepare voluntary disclosures, and respond to government actions. One focus of Sam’s practice is on topics relating to managed care organizations, including exchanges, eligibility, product design, networks, risk adjustment, claims processing, and payment methodologies, such as innovation models developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The other focus of his practice is on issues relating to healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse, including fee-splitting, self-referral, anti-kickback and false claims authorities.
Before joining the firm, Sam was a senior associate at a national law firm, and an attorney at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. During law school, Sam volunteered at the Cancer Legal Resource Center, clerked at a boutique law firm, and participated in legal externships at the California Department of Insurance and a federal court. Sam also previously served in the California Governor’s Office of Cabinet Affairs, where he worked on public policy and legislative initiatives.