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Spencer Fane expands reach in Texas with opening of Austin office

March 5, 2020

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce its expansion into the Austin market with the addition of Partner Cheryl Burtzel, who will open the firm’s fourth Texas office and add new depth to the data privacy and cybersecurity practice.

“This new office reinforces our commitment to serving our growing client base wherever they do business, along with the opportunity to bring aboard an attorney with Cheryl’s expertise,” said Pat Whalen, Managing Partner of Spencer Fane. “Our emerging presence in the Austin business community will benefit our clients and offer new opportunities for our service model to thrive, and will bolster our collective presence in the state of Texas.”

Burtzel works with clients in the commercial, financial, utility, health care, and technology industries on matters involving privacy, cybersecurity, sales and distribution, government contracts, and procurement. She serves as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Cyberspace Law Committee, and previously worked as in-house counsel and legal director for a Fortune 50 company. Additionally, Burtzel has managed research for university institutions and handled government contracts, health care industry compliance, and technology matters for clients. She earned her undergraduate degrees and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas.

“I’m excited to join a growing firm that will offer expanded service and reach to existing client relationships, and I’m energized by this opportunity to lead Spencer Fane’s growth in Austin,” Burtzel said. “Spencer Fane has developed a deservedly strong reputation in the Texas business community, and the firm’s standing commitment to providing high-level client service matches well with my own values. I have no doubt that the Austin business community will appreciate the services and cultural values of Spencer Fane.”

Spencer Fane previously opened offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas (January 2018), and Houston, Texas (August 2019). With the addition of Austin, Spencer Fane now operates 19 offices located throughout the nation. The growth of the firm’s geographic footprint and service offerings is driven by a long-standing strategy to continually align Spencer Fane resources with the evolving needs of its client base.