Linda Marie Samuel

September 14, 1957September 13, 2013


Linda M Samuel, longtime Justice Department official, passed away September 13, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer. A native of Chinchilla, Pennsylvania, Linda received a BS in 1978 from Penn State University, and then moved to Washington, DC, where she earned a J.D. from Catholic University, and later, an LLM from Georgetown University Law School. Linda began a career in the service of her country at the Department of Agriculture. She continued as a devoted public servant serving in the Department of Energy from 1981 to 1984. She worked as a Trial Attorney in Department of Justice's Civil Commercial Litigation Branch from 1984 to 1990 and then transferred to the Department's Criminal Division. There, she rose to become Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section's International Unit. Linda was known for her extraordinary sharp mind, her quick wit, indomitable spirit and undying passion for justice for all. Her skill, warmth and fairness earned her the respect and gratitude of dignitaries from around the world. Her wise counsel and warm friendship will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Linda is survived by her husband, Jake Jakubos; their son, Oliver and two daughters, Kendall and Haley. Also surviving are her parents, Gordon and Jeanne Samuel; her five siblings, Valerie Samuel Scott, Kelley Samuel, Jennifer Samuel Bernier, Susan Samuel McPherson and Gordon Samuel, Jr.; as well as her nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in her honor at The Department of Justice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at TNBC Foundation, PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ 07648.


Linda M. Samuel, Justice Department official

Linda M. Samuel, a Justice Department lawyer who worked to recover funds acquired through international crime, died Sept. 13 at the Washington Home hospice. She was 55.

The cause was breast cancer, said her son, Oliver Samuel-Jakubos.

.Ms. Samuel, a District resident, worked in the Justice Department for 29 years, first as a trial lawyer in the Commercial Litigation Branch from 1984 to 1990. She then transferred to the criminal division and, in 2002, became deputy chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section’s international unit.

In that role, which she held until her death, she represented the Justice Department at the United Nations and other international bodies.

She was a recipient of the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award for Asset Forfeiture in 2012 for her work in cross-border cooperation in forfeiture and money laundering matters.

Linda Marie Samuel was born in Milton, Fla., and grew up in Chinchilla, Pa. She was a 1978 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and 1981 graduate of Catholic University law school. She received a master’s degree in law from Georgetown University in 1986.

Early in her career, she was a trial lawyer for the Department of Energy.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Jake Jakubos, and three children, Oliver Samuel-Jakubos, Kendall Samuel-Jakubos and Haley Samuel-Jakubos, all of Washington; her parents, Gordon and Jeanne Samuel of Pensacola, Fla.; four sisters, Valerie S. Scott of Raleigh, N.C., Kelley Samuel of Washington, Jennifer S. Bernier of Silver Spring and Susan S. McPherson of Sherborn, Mass.; and a brother, Gordon Samuel Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz.


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October 22, 2013

Dear Jake and Family;
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always recall the times the 4 of us had at Bloomsburg. Linda was outstanding even then. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tina Keller

Beverly Willett

October 21, 2013

Dear Jake, Oliver, Kendall, Haley and the rest of Linda's family, It was truly my great fortune to be blessed with Linda's friendship for so many decades. In all sincerity, she was a hero to me -- loyal and brave with an unfailing sense of justice. She traveled a lot and worked hard, but in her heart there was never a question that her family was always first. She loved all of you so deeply. Even in the midst of her own health difficulties, she was also an encouraging friend to me. I never saw her angry or heard her utter an unkind word about anyone, unheard of in today's world. I can't imagine how much you must miss her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Beverly Willett

ken spangenberg

October 16, 2013

At a viewing of another classmate I found out about Linda's passing. I was shocked and saddened. My thoughts and prayers go out her family.

Butty Contreras

October 9, 2013

To all the Samuel Family.. I am so sad about you loss.. My heart is with you in this such difficult moment. May Linda rest in peace.. from Butty, Fernando's cousin from Venezuela..

Mike & Candi Ellis

October 4, 2013

To all the Samuel Family,
Jake, Kendall, Oliver, and Haley,
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers continue
as we ask God to give your family the strength, courage, comfort and peace to continue your journey during this sad and difficult time.

William Cheung

October 3, 2013

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Linda Samuel. I first met Linda at a conference in Bali, Indonesia and then met her a couple of more times in Asia and Washington DC. I am happy to have had the pleasure to meet her and hear her speak. She was a gifted attorney and a “superhero” at her craft. Many people in Asia, including myself looked up to her and will miss her. Rest in Peace.

Tricia Maness

October 2, 2013

Prayers for her family and friends.

Tricia Maness

October 2, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I worked with her at DOJ both in the Civil and later Criminal Divisions. I enjoyed her sense of humor and respected her professionalism. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Karlyn Hunter

October 2, 2013

I'm so very sorry to hear of Linda's passing. Linda was my supervisor when I began my legal career at DOJ, and her energy, intellect and tenacity were remarkable. She was an amazing lady and will truly be missed.

Lisa (Healey) Bright

October 2, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Linda. When I moved to the Chinchilla area with my family and attended South Abington Elementary School, I will always remember how wonderful Linda was to me. I will keep all of you in my prayers.