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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.

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.
  • 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

  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay
    • Members Only Committee, 2021-Present
    • Membership Committee, 2021-Present
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
    • Women of Influence Committee, 2021-Present
    • Emerging Leaders Tampa Bay, 2018-Present
  • City of Tampa Variance Review Board, 2019-Present
  • Florida Bar, Leadership Academy Committee, 2019-Present
  • Real Estate Investment Council (REIC), 2018-2019

Publications & Presentations

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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