Katherine S. Decker


A partner in the Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups, Kate focuses her practice on wage and hour defense and a broad range of commercial and appellate issues, including:

  • Business torts and contract disputes
  • Administrative appeals
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Foreclosures
  • Landlord/tenant disputes                      

Having represented employees in national wage and hour claims for three years prior to joining Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Kate uses her unique perspective to counsel employers regarding state and federal wage and hour claims and assist in their wage and hour compliance efforts, including but not limited to reviewing and drafting wage and hour employment policies and auditing exempt and non-exempt employee classifications. 

Kate graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2006 with a B.A. in communications and sociology. Captivated by a persuasion course she took while pursuing her degree at Vanderbilt, Kate enrolled in law school at The Ohio State University, Moritz School of Law where she focused on expanding her written and oral advocacy skills. 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. She also served as a Judicial Extern for Judge Michael R. Barrett, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Outside of the office, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, sons, and their two unruly dogs, Ollie and Tobes. She also enjoys giving back to the Toledo community, especially The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Northern Ohio chapter where she serves on the Toledo Advisory Board.