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Samantha “Sam” Decker focuses on assisting clients with a variety of commercial real estate matters.  In this capacity, Sam concentrates on title issues and complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing and land development.

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.

Representative Experience

  • 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.
  • Counseled client in connection with joint development, leasing, and construction financing of industrial project in Hillsborough County, Florida.
  • Represented financial institution in connection with construction and permanent financing of long term care facility.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Negotiated multi-party settlements with title insurance policy holders and large institutional lenders.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Society of Real Estate Professionals (SOREP), 2022-Present
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay
    • Economic Summit Committee, 2021-Present
  • City of Tampa Variance Review Board, 2019-Present
    • Chair, 2023-Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, Capital Markets Subcommittee Chair, 2024-Present


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2024-Present

Publications & Presentations

Events: Platitudes: Platting with Attitude
The Fund Assembly|May 2024

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: FDACS Promulgates New Rules Addressing Agricultural Land Owned by a Foreign Principal
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2024

Government Affairs News Update, Publications: Rotunda Report Week 8 | February 26-March 1, 2024
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2024

Publications: Impact Fees — The Substantial Burden of Substantial Reliance
August 2020

Publications: A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2019
March 2020

Publications: Expecting the Unexpected: Responding to Force Majeure and COVID-19
March 2020

Events: Corporate Record Keeping
Association of Corporate Counsel Annual South Florida Conference|September 2019

Publications: A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2018
March 2019

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Firm Announcements: Stearns Weaver Miller Names Two New Shareholders
September 2023

In the Media: CREW Tampa Bay Spotlight - Stearns Weaver Miller
CREW Tampa Bay|January 2023

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