Mr. Decker was born in Norfolk and graduated from Maury High School. He was educated at Old Dominion University and The College of William & Mary. He received his law degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William & Mary and practiced law in our community for his entire career of over 50 years. Peter Decker was known and respected as one of the area’s finest lawyers. Mr. Decker received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and the law firm of Decker, Cardon, Thomas, Weintraub & Neskis was the Silver Award Winner of the Virginian Pilots “Best Law Firm in 2008” in the city of Norfolk.
“My personal objective is to help you attain your goals as quickly as possible, with limited legal exposure, and at an affordable price.” – Peter G. Decker, Jr. (1935 – 2012)
Mr. Decker focused his practice on the defense of those charged with traffic offenses and crimes as well as those who were injured by someone else’s negligence. Mr. Decker successfully tried thousands of DUI and traffic cases in the Norfolk, Virginia courts.
Mr. Decker’s contributions to the community as a lawyer were significant, but they are only part of the whole picture of who he was. Peter Decker’s commitment to helping people led him to serve on many boards and committees on a local, regional and national level, and he was recognized time and again for his many contributions. His activities are too numerous to list here, but no biography of Mr. Decker would be complete without mention of his service to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For over 35 years, he was a member of the hospital’s Board of Governors and Directors, and he was a former National Executive Vice President in charge of fundraising for St. Jude Hospital.
Mr. Decker was elevated to the position of Director Emeritus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1999. Mr. Decker served as Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Corrections for seven years. He had recently completed his ten- year term as Chairman of the National Maritime Center (Nauticus) in Norfolk, and was Chairman of the Norfolk International Airport Authority. His lifelong dedication to the people of our communities was recognized by Norfolk’s Cosmopolitan Club when the members of that prestigious organization named Mr. Decker Norfolk’s First Citizen in 1999.
Mr. Decker served as a member of the State Board of Education, appointed by Governor Wilder. He was also the founding Chairman of the Business Improvement District in Norfolk and a member of the Norfolk Board of Directors of Towne Bank.