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Former Oklahoma Corporate Commissioner Joins Spencer Fane LLP

Firm Welcomes Patrice Douglas to Oklahoma City Office

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Patrice Douglas has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Douglas is a fourth generation Oklahoman who has spent much of her career in various public service roles in the state. Her service began in 2009 when she was elected Mayor of Edmond, Oklahoma, and continued throughout her time as Chairman of the Oklahoma Corporate Commission.

“With Patrice’s experience in Oklahoma politics, business, financial services and energy, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a community-centric approach that she applies to all aspects of her career,” said Pat Whalen, Spencer Fane Chairman. “Patrice’s presence at the firm, along with many other members of the Oklahoma City office who have gone above-and-beyond in terms of community involvement, demonstrates our dedication to serving the community and becoming an integral part of it.”

As a former President of SpiritBank, former Executive Vice President of First Fidelity Bank, member of the board of directors for BankSNB, President of Emerging Markets for Premier Consulting Partners and an Executive Partner with GiANT Partners, Douglas has extensive experience working with private financial institutions.

Douglas has served as a Chair of the Corporation Commission of Oklahoma, where she facilitated the regulation of fuel, oil, gas public utilities and transportation in Oklahoma. She draws from her regulatory knowledge to help clients in the energy industry navigate the complex rules and regulations of the field.

In 2011, Douglas was the first municipal official to receive the Kate Barnard Award for Outstanding Public Service for her work as mayor of the 6th largest city in Oklahoma. She has also been a three-time finalist for the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year award and was the recipient of the Energy Visionary Policy Leadership award in 2013. Douglas is an active member of the local business community and often accepts speaking engagements throughout Oklahoma, in which she covers topics such as politics, banking and overregulation. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.