areas of expertise
Caren Decter is a partner in the Litigation Group, focusing on white collar defense, data security, and commercial and intellectual property dispute resolution. Listed in Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” Ms. Decter represents clients in all phases of the pre-litigation and litigation process in criminal and civil matters pending in state and federal courts around the country.
Clients benefit from her skill in managing complex litigation aggressively and efficiently, as well as her responsiveness and ability to forge creative solutions to complicated problems before they grow into drawn-out litigation. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Decter was an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she represented clients in complex commercial litigations. She also spent a year clerking for the Honorable Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In her sophisticated white collar defense practice, Ms. Decter represents individuals and corporations in regulatory and criminal investigations involving allegations of accounting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, antitrust violations, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She frequently handles matters involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, various U.S. Attorney Offices and various District Attorney Offices. Most recently, she represented the lead cooperating witness in a years-long criminal matter stemming from the break-up of one of the world’s largest law firms.
Ms. Decter also advises clients on a range of issues involving privacy and data security. She frequently assists clients in their responses to time-sensitive data security incidents and breaches.
In addition, Ms. Decter has a wide-ranging commercial litigation and counseling practice. She advises clients in the finance, legal, consumer goods, advertising, art, and media and entertainment industries — on fraud, contract, legal ethics, copyrights, trademark, and other matters. Her recent work includes representation of an Academy Award-nominated director in litigation over documentary film rights; dismissal on summary judgment of a $30 million art fraud complaint; representation of a shareholder in a business dissolution; and dismissal of a contempt motion against an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) provider.
Ms. Decter also represents well-known consumer brands and advertising agencies in false advertising matters. She recently helped a leading household goods e-tailer bring three cases against allegedly independent online review sites for their failure to disclose material relationships with our client’s competitors. And she successfully represented a top credit card company in a false advertising dispute before the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.
Ms. Decter takes on significant pro bono matters. The Anti-Defamation League awarded Ms. Decter and several of her colleagues the Edward Brodsky Founders Award in recognition of their work on an amicus brief arguing against President Trump’s travel ban. She also represents a Nepali woman seeking asylum.
Ms. Decter is the co-chair of the New York County Lawyers Association’s Federal Courts Committee and a member of the New York City Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New York state courts and federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
awards & recognition
2015 - 2017 New York-area "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine
Washington University in St. Louis (BA, summa cum laude)
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (JD)
- Articles Editor of the California Law Review
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
news & press
The Legal Battle Against the Trump “Travel Ban” Goes to the Supreme Court
We filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of our client, the Anti-Defamation League, and other civil rights organizations, in support of Hawaii’s challenge to President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” John B. Harris led the Frankfurt Kurnit drafting team that included Caren Lerner Decter, Jeremy S. Goldman, Lily Landsman-Roos, and Rayna S. Lopyan.
New York Law Journal - On the Move
Frankfurt Kurnit Law Firm Promotes Top Litigation and Entertainment Lawyers to Partner
January 3, 2018, New York, N.Y. - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz, PC has elected Caren Decter and Hayden Goldblatt as partners effective January 1st, 2018.
After Tearful Apology, Star Dewey & LeBoeuf Witness Avoids Jail
The New York Law Journal mentions Caren Decter as attorney for Francis Canellas, a key witness in the case arising from the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Super Bowl All-Nighter Leads to Award-Winning Travel Ban Brief
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) awarded our law firm the Edward Brodsky Founders Award in recognition of our work for the ADL in the Trump “travel ban” cases. Bloomberg BNA and The New York Law Journal summarized our amicus brief arguments, covered our award, and explained how our brief came together.
ADL New York Honors Frankfurt Kurnit
The ADL New York region is presenting Frankfurt Kurnit with an award for our pro bono efforts in opposing the immigration ban. The award will be given at ADL’s annual meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue.
Federal Appeals Court Affirms Injunction Against President Trump’s “Travel Ban”
CNN posted the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, upholding the district court’s nationwide preliminary injunction order against President Trump’s Executive Order 13780. Frankfurt Kurnit drafted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Women of Reform Judaism.
State of Washington v. Donald J. Trump, No. 17-35105 (9th Cir.)
We filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of our client, the Anti-Defamation League, in support of Washington and Minnesota’s challenge to President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” You can read our brief here.
Forfeiture and Restitution: Ships Passing in the Night?
The New York Law Journal published Brian Maas, Caren Decter and Andrew Ungberg’s essay about the disconnect between the government’s forfeiture powers and a victim’s right to restitution. (Article behind paywall)
NY Court Expands Protections for Employers to Safeguard Proprietary Information
Yesterday a New York State appeals court reinstated the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer under New York's unlawful use of secret scientific material statute. In doing so, the court gave a twenty-first century voice to a statute that was written in the age of blueprints and photocopiers.
Thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit Promotes Caren Decter and Hayden Goldblatt to Counsel
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC has elected Caren Decter and Hayden Goldblatt as counsel effective January 1st, 2016.
Thirty-seven Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition.
A Spirit of “Cooperation”: What You Need to Know About the DOJ’s New Enforcement Policies
On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum outlining new policies and procedures for United States Attorneys in corporate investigations (the "Memo").
New York Law Journal Covers Komolov v. Segal Art Litigation Win
The New York Law Journal has a page 1 story about our win for our art industry clients, David Segal and Mohamed Serry. The article quotes Brian Maas. Jeremy Goldman, Caren Decter, and Nicole Bergstrom were also on the team. (Article behind a paywall)
Art Industry Clients Get a Big Win
The Frankfurt Kurnit Litigation team registered a big win for clients David Segal and Mohamed Serry, two New York-based art and antiques dealers.
Ex-Dewey Partner Can’t Sue Barclays In Federal Court
Why Jewel V. Boxer is Wrong
New FCPA Guidance for US Companies Doing Business Overseas
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") was enacted by Congress in 1977 in response to "revelations of widespread global corruption", including allegations that numerous U.S. companies had paid hundreds of millions of dollars to bribe foreign government officials to obtain or retain overseas business. The FCPA includes substantial criminal penalties for both businesses and individuals found to have made prohibited payments, and also gives both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission the authority to pursue civil enforcement actions.
California Court Finds California Resale Royalties Act Unconstitutional
Ipfrontline featured Caren Lerner's article about how the California Resale Royalties act violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
Court Clears Use of YouTube-famous “Flying Rabbi” in Humor Sketch
The use of someone without permission in entertainment can trigger a lawsuit for "commercial appropriation of likeness." And so it was recently when "Jimmy Kimmel Live" created a video mocking a 2010 "business meeting" between basketball star LeBron James and a rabbi.