Katie Samples was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. In 2008, she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Oklahoma. During college, Katie earned credit working in the Oklahoma County Public Defenders’ Office. With aspirations of someday becoming a lawyer, upon graduating from college, Katie took a job as a legal assistant at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons. For a little over a year, while studying for the LSAT in her free time, Katie worked as a dutiful assistant in the Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons personal injury division. Based upon her exemplary academic and work record, Katie was admitted to the Rutgers School of Law in New Jersey, just a stone’s throw from New York City.
While in Newark, Katie developed a passion for community work. She served as the vice-chair of student affairs for the Women’s Law Forum, organizing events to bring awareness to domestic violence and violence against women. Katie also served the underprivileged community of Newark by volunteering as mentor to college-bound students in the Newark charter schools system. Katie also had a few glamorous experiences. She was fortunate to acquire an internship at a law firm in Los Angeles that represents film and television artists, and she worked in the legal department at Epic Records in New York City.
After passing the New York bar examination, Katie decided to return home to Oklahoma. While serving as the Judges’ Counsel at the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, Katie was presented with the opportunity to return to Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, this time as an associate attorney. Katie gladly accepted the opportunity to join the firm where she started her legal career. She feels so fortunate to be back at RBR&S where she found her passion, fighting for rights of Oklahoma’s workers.
Katie continues to spend her free time working in and for the community. Among her many endeavors, Katie serves as a member of the legal access board of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the NAACP. Katie is also involved with the Police and Community Trust Initiative, an organization that builds relationships between Metro Police Chiefs, their departments, and the communities they serve. Katie continues to be actively involved in many other community and civic organizations and passionately practices ballet.
- Areas of Practice:
- Workers’ Compensation
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Bar Admissions:
- Oklahoma, 2015
- New York, 2016
- University of Central Oklahoma, 2008,
Bachelor of Arts