Sarah A. Decker is special projects counsel in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. She is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice group. Sarah is an experienced litigator with combined eight years of civil and criminal practice, including litigation of complex commercial matters, product liability claims, intellectual property disputes, tort cases, and insurance coverage suits in state and federal courts across the country. Sarah has significant experience conducting internal investigations for large international clients in matters involving complex financial reporting, data breaches, bribery, and fraud. Sarah also has international arbitration experience, having appeared before the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution. She has substantial e-discovery experience managing large-scale document reviews and productions.
Sarah joined the firm in 2013 after graduating summa cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law, where she taught trial advocacy and litigation technology as an adjunct professor. She was an integral member of a team securing a US$40.4 million jury verdict in a September 2016 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. Sarah was also an integral member of a team securing a unanimous jury verdict in favor of a corporate policyholder seeking insurance coverage for silica-related liabilities in West Virginia state court.
In 2018, Sarah moved to New York, where she practiced as a prosecutor specializing in crimes against children and sexual assault. As a New York State Prosecutor, Sarah secured a guilty verdict in May 2019 convicting a defendant of Attempted Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree, Forcible Touching, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree.
Sarah rejoined the firm in early 2021 and has since handled breach of fiduciary duty claims, oil and gas disputes, e-discovery, and commercial contracting matters.
- 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