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Sarah A. Decker

Sarah Decker is a commercial litigator and strategic business advisor in the firm's Pittsburgh office, who concentrates her practice in the manufacturing industry, with a particular focus in the areas of commercial and consumer products, metals manufacturing and fabrication, aerospace, and specialty chemicals. Sarah represents and counsels public and private companies and individuals in a wide variety of complex commercial matters, including contract disputes, business torts, supply chain management, product liability, personal injury, oil and gas, and intellectual property matters. Sarah collaborates with her clients to proactively identify and mitigate business risks by implementation of practical, cost-effective commercial solutions. She efficiently resolves disputes in alignment with her clients’ larger business objectives and also maintains an active trial practice, representing clients in federal and state courts and in domestic and international arbitrations.

Sarah’s defamation experience is significant. She recently secured a non-monetary settlement resulting in pre-discovery voluntary dismissal by a public-figure plaintiff of his defamation suit against a media defendant in Mississippi federal court. In 2016, Sarah was an integral member of a trial team obtaining a US $40.4 million jury verdict for a plaintiff hedge fund manager in a private-figure defamation suit in New Jersey state court. The 2016 verdict (listed as the 45th-highest in the National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts of 2016) was upheld in 2019 and has been paid.  

Sarah also maintains an active internal investigations practice, conducting domestic and international whistleblower and other investigations and counseling clients on their interactions and cooperation with federal and state agencies. Sarah has advised industrial and chemical manufacturers and financial services corporations in matters involving complex financial reporting, compliance, data breaches, bribery, and fraud.

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. From 2018 through 2020, Sarah practiced as a New York State prosecutor, specializing in crimes against children and sexual abuse. As a prosecutor, she secured a guilty verdict in May 2019 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 as a primary member of the Commercial Disputes practice group and secondary member of the Investigations, Enforcement, and White Collar 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
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