Sam Rappensberg is an experienced insurance and commercial litigation lawyer, specialising in the defence of professional negligence and superannuation life insurance claims. He also has extensive experience acting for and advising clients in connection with defamation claims and product liability disputes. He regularly advises on policy and coverage issues, including those arising under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth).
Sam appreciates the unique issues and challenges associated with insurance litigation, as well as the specific manner in which these claims can be litigated. He helps his clients navigate these issues and challenges by providing clear, practical and thorough advice and appearing for them in Court and alternate dispute resolution (e.g. mediation) settings.
Sam otherwise regularly acts on a wide range of contractual and commercial disputes across various industries and commercial sectors, as well as in connection with claims in equity and consumer law disputes. He also acts in administrative law disputes, including applications for the judicial review of government decisions.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Sam worked in Adelaide as an associate in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution team of an Australian commercial law firm.
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Australia, listed in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation (2023)
- Lawyers Weekly, finalist in the 30 Under 30 Awards for Insurance (2022)
- Australian Insurance Law Association, Member
- Australian Professional Indemnity Group Inc., Member
- Communications and Media Law Association, Member
- Law Institute of Victoria, Member
- "Defamation Reforms – Stage 1" presented to selected insurance claims solicitors, August 2021 and February 2022
- "Legal professional privilege – overview and update", presented to selected in-house counsel, 25 February 2020
- "New Traps in Defamation Reforms," Law Institute Journal, November 2021
- Quoted, "Big Four's Legal Privilege and Lawyer-Client Relationship Protections are Tested in Australia," Law.com International and Legal Week, 8 April 2022