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Former Missouri Department of Agriculture Lead Attorney Joins Spencer Fane

Former general counsel, deputy director will advise businesses on regulatory matters

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Darryl Chatman to the firm’s Business Litigation practice in its St. Louis office. Chatman joins the firm as Of Counsel after having served as general counsel and deputy director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

With more than 10 years of experience, Chatman adds to the firm’s bench of proven leaders who are committed to effective and efficient client service. He has intricate knowledge of state regulations and how they are enforced, and counsels small and mid-sized companies in all aspects of regulatory compliance.

“Darryl’s unique perspective and legal acumen will prove to be valuable in serving our clients and achieving their business objectives,” said Patrick J. Whalen, Spencer Fane managing partner. “We are excited to welcome him to the firm and know he’ll contribute to our future growth in St. Louis and throughout the region.”

In both the public and private sectors, Chatman helps clients successfully navigate the myriad of governmental policies and regulations affecting their businesses including animal health, life sciences and agricultural issues. He is also an accomplished litigator, representing businesses, banks, public utilities and insurance companies in all types of commercial and employment disputes and regulatory issues.

Chatman’s accomplishments have garnered him numerous awards in the field of agriculture and in the law profession, including the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Distinguished Service Award, the University of Missouri (MU) School of Law Distinguished Graduate Award, and the MU Ag Alumni Association Citation of Merit Award. Additionally, Chatman was recently appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators and currently serves as vice chair of the board.

In addition to his law degree, he went on to earn master’s degrees in both animal science and agricultural economics at MU. He also holds a master’s in public administration from North Carolina State University.