DeMetris Sampson is an attorney, has been an active member of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church for over 30 years, and is Board Chair of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. Professionally, she served as Managing Partner of the Dallas office of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP where she practiced for nearly 27 years, and was a Chairperson of the firm’s Management Committee. She is the first African-American woman to become a partner in a majority firm in the City of Dallas. She retired from the law firm Jan. 1, 2014, and enjoys life as an attorney, counselor and mentor, maintaining licenses in Texas and Georgia, and memberships in the Dallas Bar Association, the J. l. Turner Legal Association and the National Bar Association. Ms. Sampson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Masters of Laws (Taxation) from SMU School of Law.
Ms. Sampson is a volunteer, supporter, participant and advisor in local, state and national civic, business, philanthropic and political communities. She was appointed to the Founders Board of the UNT Dallas College of Law. She serves on the boards of TITAS and the Dallas Breakfast Group. Her prior board service includes the Dallas Regional Chamber, DART, and the East Texas State University Board of Regents (now Texas A & M Commerce). She served as President of the J. L. Turner Legal Association and on the City of Dallas Charter Review Commission. Her task force service has included the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force, the Task Force on Liquor Related Businesses Near Schools, and the Complete Count Committee for the U. S. Census.
Ms. Sampson holds memberships in The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Dallas Summit, the Dallas Assembly, and a Life membership in the NAACP.
Ms. Sampson has received numerous professional and community service awards.