Samuel received his B.A. in Japanese Studies from Middlebury College, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. After law school, he worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City, and later served as a law clerk to the Hon. Marcia G. Cooke of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Samuel is fluent in Spanish.