- Providence US-RI
Coordinated the Committee's work and visited Rhode Island colleges and universities to encourage students to apply to the program.
Represented the Commonwealth in the courts, specializing in wetlands, solid waste, water pollution, appellate issues.
Samuel Zurier, an attorney of counsel for Oliverio & Marcaccio, LLP, is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Foundation, a committee of Rhode Island Bar Association members who oversee the organization's charitable activities and pro bono services. As the state’s oldest and most renowned resource for legal professionals, the Rhode Island Bar is an authority on how citizens should go about evaluating and ultimately selecting a lawyer. The most trusted method is a personal referral. If you find yourself going to court to settle an automotive accident, for example, consider friends, family members, or co-workers who have experienced similar situations and ask them about their legal experiences. Online reviews are sometimes helpful, but hearing a detailed account from someone close to you is much more reliable. Lawyer referral services (LRS) work in a similar manner, although obviously at a less personal level. The Rhode Island Bar has its own lawyer referral service that features only competent practitioners of law. A number of specialized selection methods exist, as well. For example, senior citizens qualify for the bar’s lawyer referral service for the elderly. Rhode Island also features programs such as Lawyers for the Arts and the Armed Forces Legal Services Project.
Samuel Zurier has served as an attorney at Oliverio & Marcaccio, LLP, in Providence, Rhode Island, since 2008. In this role, Samuel Zurier practices general civil litigation. Civil litigation is a broad term used to describe non-criminal legal proceedings. Litigation begins with a complaint made by a party who feels he or she deserves restitution under the law for some type of damages. The person or company who files the complaint is the plaintiff, and the person or company accused of wrongdoing is the defendant. The longest pre-trial portion of the proceedings is discovery, and it involves both sides gathering information and evidence to be used in the trial. After the discovery portion of the litigation ends, the two sides arrange for expert witnesses and present any relevant motions to the court, including motions for dismissal of certain evidence or the case as a whole. In Samuel Zurier's experience, it is critical to prepare a case thoroughly with an eye to the trial, as a case often can be won or lost based on what occurs during the pretrial investigation. Civil litigation trials often include a jury, although sometimes a bench trial occurs, and the judge is responsible for deciding the outcome of the case. The trial concludes with a verdict, although in many cases verdicts are subject to the appeals process.
In his position of counsel to Providence’s Oliverio & Marcaccio law firm, Samuel Zurier practices in the field of civil litigation. Samuel Zurier earned his law degree from the Yale Law School. Civil litigation begins with the filing of a complaint, which is a description of the plaintiff's claim. The party being sued answers the complaint, describing factual and legal defenses. The parties then exchange information to prepare for a possible trial. This phase of the case is known as the discovery process. Once the discovery process is concluded, the case is ready for trial. With that said, the great majority of civil cases settle without a trial. Those that proceed to trial will result in a judgment, but that judgment is subject to appeal. Only after the appeal is decided is the case fully resolved, barring a previous settlement.