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Nathan A. (Nate) Orr

  • T: (816) 292-8872
    F: (816) 474-3216
  • Kansas City

Named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, Nate Orr has built a substantial practice by following this simple advice – know and help people. His goal is to connect clients with the very best attorneys available, no matter their business needs. Nate’s approach is to quarterback client relationships, providing clients with a single contact through which to direct all concerns and questions. Through this approach, Nate’s clients confidently receive unparalleled quality, efficiency and responsiveness. Nate wants clients to call him, knowing they will end up in the hands of the very best person to handle their issue – whether that is him or someone else.

Nate is a partner in Spencer Fane's Litigation, Financial Services and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. His practice focuses on financial services counseling and litigation, commercial litigation, and employment litigation. Nate uses his litigation experience to counsel dozens of financial institutions and businesses during an unsettled economic climate. He serves as coordinating counsel for several banks, litigating and providing strategy to restructure credits, protect assets and create new business relationships. His practice also includes extensive employment litigation defending management against all types of discrimination and wage and hour claims, including class action and multiple employee cases. His employment experience includes litigation of numerous contracts, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. He also has significant experience and trial work litigating various business disputes, including a six-week jury trial in a $250 million real estate dispute involving complex municipal finance and creative damage theories.

No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are selected by Super Lawyers, a distinction based on independent peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. In addition to being named a Super Lawyer, Nate is a past recipient of Ingram’s Magazine’s 40 Under Forty Award and Missouri Lawyers Weekly Magazine’s 40 Up & Coming Attorneys. He was awarded the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's 2005 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, is a 2007 graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program, and has been recognized as one of the city's rising leaders.

Outside the office, Nate is very active in the community. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Board for Western Missouri and Kansas, as well as on the Executive Committees for Kansas City’s Downtown Council and the KCMBA. He is also Past President of KCMBA’s Young Lawyers Section Board. He actively speaks on issues such as litigation avoidance and is a published author. 

Nate serves as Chairman of Spencer Fane's Charitable Contributions Committee, sits on the firm’s Business Development Committee, and is past Chairman of the Hiring Committee. He received his law degree, cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law, where he served as a Faculty Fellow and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu national Jesuit honor society. He received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Kansas.

Nate is committed to his clients and very involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations. But his strongest commitment is to his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Madeleine and Henry.


  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Selected for inclusion in Ingram's 40 Under Forty
  • Read Client Kudos from Nate's client Enterprise Bank
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2012-2014