Katherine S. Decker joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate and practices in the litigation and labor and employment practice groups. Before joining Shumaker, Kate worked for three years as an associate at a Columbus law firm in their national wage and hour practice group. There, she primarily represented employees in wage and hour claims brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act and the Ohio Prompt Pay Act. At Shumaker, Kate’s practice focuses on wage and hour defense and general commercial litigation. In addition to defending employers in FLSA litigation, Kate counsels employers regarding state and federal wage and hour claims and assists employers in their wage and hour compliance efforts, including but not limited to reviewing and drafting wage and hour employment policies as well as auditing exempt and non-exempt employee classifications. Kate also represents clients in various other litigation matters, including commercial disputes, medical malpractice defense, administrative appeals and landlord/tenant disputes.
Kate graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2006 with a B.A. in communications and sociology. She received her law degree from The Ohio State University, Moritz School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Kate served as the Articles Administrative Editor for the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal and competed as a member of the Moot Court Criminal Procedure team. Kate also served as a Judicial Extern for Judge Michael R. Barrett, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.