Sarah Decker is a commercial litigator in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, who concentrates her practice in the manufacturing and energy industries, including the industrial sector, commercial and consumer products, metals manufacturing and fabrication, and oil and gas. Sarah represents and counsels public and private companies and individuals in a wide variety of complex commercial matters, including contract disputes, business torts, product liability, personal injury, and intellectual property matters. She also maintains an internal investigations practice and has advised industrial manufacturers and financial services corporations in matters involving complex financial reporting, data breaches, bribery, and fraud. Sarah has conducted international arbitrations and has substantial e-discovery experience.
Sarah joined the firm in 2013 after graduating from Duquesne University School of Law, where she taught trial advocacy and litigation technology as an adjunct professor. In September 2016, Sarah was an integral member of a team securing a US$40.4 million jury verdict in a private defamation suit in New Jersey state court. The verdict is listed as the 45th-highest in the National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2016. It was upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the judgment has been paid. From 2018 through 2020, Sarah practiced as a New York State prosecutor, specializing in crimes against children and sexual abuse. In May 2019, Sarah secured a guilty verdict convicting a defendant of Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree and various other class D felony and misdemeanor crimes of sexual abuse. Sarah rejoined the firm in 2021 in the Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice group.
- Awarded the Lynette Norton Memorial Fund Award, Katie Elisabeth Westbrook Award, and Shalom Moot Court Award for outstanding academic achievement, exceptional skills in trial advocacy, and a keen sense of ethics and professionalism
- Awarded 2011 Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) National Champion, 2011 National Civil Trial Competition Finalist, and 2012 STAC Regional Semi-Finalist
- Member of The Order of the Barristers for attaining high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy
- Adjunct Professor (former), Litigation Technology and Trial Advocacy, Duquesne University School of Law
- Coach (former), Trial Advocacy Program, Duquesne University School of Law