Suzzanne W. Decker
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Suzzanne W. Decker became a principal at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. when her oldest daughter was only 2 years old. Although her career was taking off at the same time as her personal life, she felt confident she could succeed because she had a mentor in her practice group who was guiding her.
She realized many women at the firm did not have that, and so she helped create the Miles & Stockbridge Women’s Network to promote leadership development and mentoring among the firm’s women lawyers.
That was 12 years ago, and since then the number of female principals has grown and women all over the practice are able to access mentoring opportunities.
“[Women at the firm] have so much to give, and we wanted to make sure that they were staying,” Decker said.
She likens the career of a woman lawyer to a marathon, and said career success and goals are different throughout women’s lives.
Decker also helped launch the Women’s Symposium at the firm, which brings together female professionals throughout the community. This November marks the symposium’s 13th year.
In January, Decker was named co-chair of the Labor & Employment group, which allows her to make decisions both within the group and as part of the leadership team for the firm as a whole.
She has chaired the firm’s annual Labor & Employment Hot Topics Symposium for the last decade. The event has grown from 50 clients to more than 300 clients and business people from the community.
Decker also is the corporate secretary on the board of directors of the B&O Railroad Museum, volunteers with the Manna House through her church and is a member of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.