Samantha “Sam” Decker is an Associate in the Firm’s Real Estate and Land Development, Zoning & Environmental Departments. Her practice focuses on a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leases and development projects.
Prior to joining the firm, Sam worked for a large international law firm in Tampa, Florida, where she represented inbound and outbound developers and institutional investors. She also served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 title insurance underwriter. In that role, she gained experience with title industry practices, including an understanding of complex title defects, title underwriting and title curative actions.
- Advised regional bank on the acquisition of assets of a failed banking institution placed into FDIC receivership.
- Negotiated cross border facility agreement amongst domestic and foreign borrowers and lenders.
- Represented convenience store operator acquiring more than 50 properties, including negotiating deal terms, performing due diligence and drafting and reviewing closing documents.
- Counseled commercial developer in acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of multi-tenant shopping center.
- Represented a large fast food chain before the City of Tampa Variance Review Board and successfully argued for a sign variance.
- Directed local counsel on legal strategy through the course of title litigation and appeared as a company representative in court proceedings, mediations and settlement conferences.
- Determined coverage under terms of the title insurance contract and evaluated loss under the title policy while resolving over 500 title claims in 20 different jurisdictions.
- Negotiated multi-party settlements with title insurance policy holders and large institutional lenders.
Professional & Community Involvement
- City of Tampa Variance Review Board, 2019-Present
- Florida Bar, Leadership Academy Committee, 2019-Present
- Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Emerging Leaders Tampa Bay, 2018-Present
- Real Estate Investment Council, 2018-2019
Publications & Presentations
Impact Fees — The Substantial Burden of Substantial Reliance
A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2019
Expecting the Unexpected: Responding to Force Majeure and COVID-19
Corporate Record Keeping
Association of Corporate Counsel Annual South Florida Conference|September 2019
A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2018