Michael F. Decker

Michael F. Decker

American Lawyer, Oslo Download CV Download vCard

Michael works with Norwegian and international parties on business disputes—most often international arbitrations. His work has covered a wide range of industries and issues, from post-M&A disputes to cases regarding delays in construction contracts.

Although he has lived in Norway for years now, Michael was born, raised, and educated in the United States. He is originally from California, and attended university and law school on the East Coast. Before joining Schjødt, Michael worked on complex class actions in New York City at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. He also served as a law clerk for one federal trial court judge, Chief Judge Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and one federal appellate court judge, Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Because of his education and experience representing parties in disputes in the United States, Michael also often advises European clients on U.S. law issues. He is uniquely well suited to provide such advice, as well as to help U.S. clients understand Norwegian law, practice, and culture. When a client will be best served by working with a U.S.-based law firm, Michael is able to tap a deep network of experienced lawyers across the U.S. to connect clients with the right professional to get them the help that they need.

Michael is also available as an arbitrator.

Michael is admitted to practice law in the courts of New York State and before other United States courts. He is also licensed as a solicitor in England and Wales. He is licensed to practice in Norway as an EEA lawyer (EØS advokat).

Michael reads Norwegian and Italian, and speaks both languages to an extent.

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About Michael


  • 2014

    J.D. cum laude, Harvard Law School

  • 2009

    B.A. cum laude, Columbia University