On October 11, 2018, Sam Elliott was awarded the 2018 Justices Brock and Cooper American Inns of Court Civility Award, which recognizes extraordinary civility among local lawyers.   The award is conferred based on a vote of local state and federal judges.

On October 26, 2018, Sam was awarded the Chief Justice William M. Barker Equal Access to Justice Award by Legal Aid of East Tennessee.  The award is selected by members of LAET’s Pro Bono Lawyers Chattanooga Hall of Fame, and recognizes an attorney who has made a significant contribution to advancing the cause of access to justice in Tennessee.   Sam has been a member of the Pro Bono Hall of Fame since 2012.