Samuel Merchant

  • Adjunct Professor


B.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2013

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2016


Samuel Merchant is a litigation attorney in Oklahoma City. He practiced litigation for several years around the country in state courts, federal courts, bankruptcy courts, and before administrative bodies while working at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City. He is admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma, five federal district courts, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He currently works as a law clerk for the Honorable Jodi W. Dishman in the Western District of Oklahoma, working on civil and criminal cases. Merchant is also the Chair of the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial board within the Planning Department. 

While in law school, Samuel received a number of awards, honors, and AmJurs, and served as SBA President, assistant managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, and a mentor.  He also worked as an extern for the Honorable Robert E. Bacharach at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to attending law school, Samuel worked for J. P. Morgan Chase Bank, owned small businesses, and then worked in market development for a billion dollar sports-nutrition company. 

Additional Information

Courses Taught


  • Civil Pretrial Litigation 5530

Publications and Articles

Merchant Restraints: Credit Card Transaction Surcharging and Interchange Fee Regulation in the Wake of Landmark Industry Changes, Oklahoma Law Review, 2016

  • Winner of Oklahoma Law Review’s Best Law Review Comment Award

Extreme caution in marijuana contracts: Bankruptcy relief not available; JDSupra, August 3, 2018

Court decision moves law closer to allowing credit card surcharges; The Oklahoman, Sept. 20, 2016

Professional Activities and Public Service

City of Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment, Board Member and Chair

Federal Bar Association, Oklahoma City Chapter, Board Member and Officer (Secretary); Editor of The Holloway Quarterly Newsletter; Law Student Mentor

University of Oklahoma College of Law, Young Alumni Board of Advisors; Center for International Business and Human Rights Advisory Board; Center for International Business and Human Rights Alumni Advisory Council

Oklahoma City Beautiful, Board Member

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