sami Hartsfield, ACP

Sami K. Hartsfield is a consumer law paralegal and freelance writer in Houston, Texas. She received her AAS degree in paralegal studies with a 4.0 GPA, graduated University of Houston's Law Center Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute with a 4.0, and earned her bachelor of science degree in political science, graduating summa cum laude.

Sami interned at Texas' 14th Court of Appeals under Chief Justice Adele Hedges in 2007 (grade: A), and at Lone Star Legal Aid for the summer of 2009 (grade: A).

Sami has been published in the State Bar of Texas' Paralegal Division's journal and in Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association's journal The Burden of Proof. Additionally, she has published articles online for the Institute of Paralegal Education and maintains her own popular legal blog called legallyblog at She most recently published an article in the National Paralegal Reporter on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

She earned her Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) in 2007, and went on to earn six specialty certifications in: Discovery; Trial Practice; Contracts Management; Social Security Disability Law; Individual Medical Liability and Entity Medical Liability.

Sami has worked in real estate, medical malpractice, insurance defense, general civil litigation, and is currently senior paralegal at a consumer law firm in Houston, Texas, specializing mostly in defending consumer debt cases and debt settlement.