Linda M. Samuel, Justice Department official

October 4, 2013

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.

— Samantha Raphelson

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