In our latest attorney spotlight, we introduce Samuel J. Hartiens, an associate attorney at Boyd & Jenerette, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Hartiens concentrates his practice on the defense of maritime claims arising under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, including its extensions such as the Defense Base Act. He also handles state claims arising under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act.
In this attorney spotlight article, we will delve into Samuel's background, experience, and unique work approach, exploring the remarkable qualities that set him apart from his peers within the legal profession.
Can you tell us about your background and how you made the decision to go to law school?
- I grew up in West Virginia and was the first person in my family to go to law school. I decided to pursue a law degree because of the impact attorneys can make on their community and the positive effects they can have in people’s lives and businesses.
What is your role as an attorney at Boyd & Jenerette?
- I am an associate and report to Mark Eckels, handling the defense of maritime and workers' compensation claims.
What is your day-to-day job like, and what kinds of long-term projects are on your plate?
- On any given day, I am taking depositions of claimants, reviewing files, negotiating settlements with opposing counsel, creating litigation plans for clients, and drafting settlement agreements.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
- Due to the majority of cases originating in countries overseas, traditional legal discovery methods like subpoenas are not effective in gathering information. Because of this obstacle, it can take longer to obtain relevant discovery.
What do you enjoy most about practicing law at Boyd & Jenerette?
- The people of the firm are what make it so great. Everyone is supportive, helpful, and very knowledgeable. I am very fortunate to have landed at Boyd & Jenerette.
When did you begin practicing law?
- I began practicing law in May 2023.
What do you do for fun?
- I love spending time outside, working out, going to music festivals, and traveling.
When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
- I did not decide until my junior year of college when I studied abroad in Europe. The program focused on the different legislative and judicial systems in France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Seeing these different systems made me want to learn more about American law and eventually led to me applying to law schools.
What is an item on your bucket list?
- I want to visit all seven continents.
Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies, or a fun fact?
- Before law school, I was a drummer in a rock band and was able to tour and perform around the country.
What are you most proud of, professionally and/or personally?
- I am most proud of passing the bar exam.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
- My father.
If you could tell a younger version of yourself something knowing what you know now, what would it be?
- Everything will always work out in one way or another, especially in ways you least expect.
What are your goals for the next year?
- Professionally, I want to increase my efficiency and productivity so I can get more done during the workday. Personally, my goal is to save up for a down payment to purchase my first home.
About Samuel J. Hartiens
Samuel Hartiens is an associate attorney in Boyd & Jenerette’s Jacksonville, Florida office. Mr. Hartiens concentrates his practice on the defense of maritime claims arising under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, including its extensions such as the Defense Base Act. He also handles state claims arising under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act.
Originally from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Mr. Hartiens graduated from West Virginia University in 2018 and Washburn University School of Law in 2022. Prior to attending Washburn, he was the Editor-In-Chief of the Florida Coastal Law Review, where he published Volume 21 of the Florida Coastal Law Journal.
In his free time, Mr. Hartiens enjoys traveling, playing drums, spending time with friends and family, and working out.