To all our current and potential clients, we hope you and yours are in good health. Given the current state of our economy and the fight against the COVID-19 virus, many are under significant amounts of stress. Cotton Bledsoe is committed to do its best to help minimize that stress. The Firm is taking significant measures to protect the health of its personnel and many are now working remotely – this includes our attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries. Our remote capabilities give us access to our systems and we are able to do everything for you that we could prior to this new (temporary) reality. Where appropriate, we have the ability to conduct most meetings virtually.

We will get through this time together. Thank you for your continued trust and please do not hesitate to contact any of our firm’s attorneys directly or through this website. We appreciate all of you and wish you the best as we navigate these unprecedented challenges together.

Samuel J. Stennis
  • Shareholder
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Sam is a shareholder practicing in the firm's litigation section. He is licensed to practice in Texas, the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Sam was an attorney for the Texas Eleventh Court of Appeals, where he assisted the Court in preparing its opinions.

Areas of Concentration:

Sam represents clients in defending and pursuing actions involving complex oil and gas litigation matters, employment and labor claims, contract disputes, and a variety of other civil matters. His practice includes helping clients obtain relief in the appellate courts through appeals and original proceedings. Sam has experience in all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation investigation through discovery, depositions, motion practice, first-chair trial, and appellate practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Governmental Entity Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Construction Law
  • Federal and State Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. - 2011
    • Honors: Pro Bono Certificate
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi, Officer and Member
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Midland County Young Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2013 – 2017, President 2016 - 2017, Present
  • Midland County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • The Honorable Chief Justice Jim R. Wright, Eleventh District Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, Law Clerk/Briefing Attorney
  • The Honorable Chief Justice Jim R. Wright, Eleventh District Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, Staff Attorney