Samantha L. Propp
Human behavior is often at the heart of legal disputes. Samantha Propp, an associate with ELPO Law, has particular interest in the field, as she has both a law degree and a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology. Samantha works in the fields of employment and education law, environmental law, utility law and business litigation. She also represents clients before regulatory agencies. Samantha came to work for ELPO in 2008.
Studying psychology has helped her better predict behavior in a case, and helps her connect with clients. “The cases that I handle are always factually very interesting,” Samantha said. “The law changes often, and I find it challenging and interesting to monitor legislative changes to laws and the way that the courts interpret the laws.”
Besides state and federal employment and school laws, she knows well the details of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and advises clients accordingly. She is involved in investigating and responding on behalf of employers to employee claims pending before administrative agencies. Samantha also assists school districts on a variety of issues, including employment and student matters.
For Samantha, it’s the research end of law that interests her the most. She enjoys digging through case law, researching online and comparing one state’s regulations and statutes to another, and cross-referencing all of that with federal law to come to a conclusion for a client.
And when preparing questions for a deposition, she thinks about her psychology classes. “In many cases, having to outline a deposition, I will think about it from the perspective of how the person might be processing information,” Samantha said. “It’s also helpful with clients and seeing things from their perspective. Some of those skills help clients.”