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Katherine S. Decker

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


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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. 


  • 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under, 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40, 2012
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Distinguished Service Award, 2012

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association Mentoring Circles Committee and Mentor (2014, 2015)
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association Nomination Committee (2015)
  • Toledo Zoo, Zoo-To-Do Committee (2014, 2015)
  • Vanderbilt CORPS Program, member
  • Women’s Initiative of United Way, Board Member (2015)
  • Women’s Initiative, Imagination Library Committee Chair (2014, 2015)
  • Leadership Toledo, Class of 2014
  • Toledo Zoo, Companies for Kids Committee (2013, 2014)

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  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2009
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2006

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 2009
  • United States District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2009
  • United States District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 2013