Samuel D. Pratcher, III is a partner at Weik, Nitsche and Dougherty. Samuel was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended Salesianum High School. He graduated with honors from Hampton University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In 2009, he received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.
While in law school, Samuel served as judicial extern to the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., in the United States District Court of Delaware. He gained valuable experience researching and writing court opinions on civil rights and employment law matters.
After law school, Samuel completed a year clerkship with The Honorable Charles H. Toliver, IV of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware. As a law clerk, he conducted research and assisted in writing court opinions in business litigation, personal injury and criminal law matters.
Mr. Pratcher previously worked for a regional defense law firm and represented several insurance companies. Mr. Pratcher’s experience in previously representing insurance companies makes him aware of the tactics that insurance companies use to try and lessen the value of personal injury cases. As a result, he is able to advise his clients and get just compensation for their injuries.
An experienced personal injury attorney can be the difference in the settlement that you receive. Attorney Pratcher has received recognition from his peers as a top personal injury lawyer in the State of Delaware (Delaware Today Magazine, Top Lawyer 2013, 2016).
Attorney Pratcher is a leading personal injury attorney dedicated to fighting for those that have been injured. Attorney Pratcher has established himself as someone who is willing to go to trial, and is not afraid to go to court to get his clients the compensation they deserve. This shows in the results Attorney Pratcher has been able to obtain for his clients.
Attorney Pratcher has gained national recognition from National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAPIA) in being selected as a Top 10 personal injury attorney in Delaware in 2013 and 2016. Mr. Pratcher was recently selected by Super Lawyers as a 2017 Rising Star in the practice of law for the State of Delaware. No more than 2.5% of Delaware attorneys are selected for this honor.
Mr. Pratcher is admitted to practice in Delaware and New Jersey and the United States District Court of Delaware.
Past Employment Positions
The Honorable Charles H. Toliver, IV, Superior Court of the State of Delaware, Law Clerk
The Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., U.S. District Court of Delaware, Judicial Extern
Delaware Department of Justice, Law Clerk
Professional Associations and Memberships
Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court
Torts and Insurance Section of Delaware State Bar Association, Chair 2013-Present
The American Association of Justice, Leaders Forum
American Bar Association, 2009-Present
Delaware Bar Association, Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors 2015-Present
New Jersey Bar Association, 2009-Present
The New Moyer Academy, Board of Directors
Vice President, New Castle County Small Firm & Solo Practitioner Chair, Executive Committee of DSBA (2016-17)
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Minority Caucus Representative to The American Association of Justice
The National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 (2017)
Super Lawyers, Rising Star Award (Delaware 2017)
40 under 40 Award Winner, Chains, Inc. (2014)
Delaware Today Magazine – Delaware Top Lawyers-Litigation (2013)
Delaware Today Magazine – Delaware Top Lawyers-Medical Malpractice (2013)
Delaware Today Magazine – Delaware Top Lawyers-Torts and Insurance Practice (2013)
Top 10 Attorney, Under the age of 40, by National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (Delaware 2014-2017)
Emerging Leaders in Law Honoree, Manna Christiana Fellowship Church (2014)
Martindale-Hubbell, Client Distinction Award 2015
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty Member (2017)
Delaware State Bar Assoc., Workers’ Compensation Conference, Ethics, May 6, 2015
Delaware State Bar Assoc., Workers’ Compensation Conference, The “But For” Causation Standard, January 19, 2016
The 21st Annual Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism, Effective and Ethical Mediation Techniques, February 5, 2016
Delaware Trial Lawyers Assoc., Worker’s Compensation Claim with a Potential Third Party Claim, June 11, 2016
Delaware Bench and Bar Conference, Civil Litigation, June 17, 2016
• Excellence is our passion! We are committed to excellence in the practice of law and strict adherence to the ethical principles that govern the legal profession.
• Attorney Pratcher recognizes a deep commitment to the community and to the legal profession.
• As a trial attorney, my clients can rest assured that I will aggressively pursue their case with integrity. I cannot fully carry out my mission unless I perform with excellence, and am tenacious in my pursuit of justice.
Choose The Right Attorney
The attorney you select must know the law and understand all the claims that you are legally entitled to make. Attorney Pratcher focuses his practice solely on representing those that have been injured on the job or through the negligence of another. That focus allows him to be fully prepared and dedicated to handle your claim.