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Spencer Fane Names Four New Partners

January 3, 2020

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce attorneys Derek Ankrom, Mark Cole, Patrick McAndrews, and Heather Morris have been elected partners, effective Jan. 1, 2020. McAndrews and Morris work out of the Kansas City office, while Ankrom is based in Springfield and Cole is in Overland Park, Kansas.

“We are excited to have these four talented attorneys as partners,” said Pat Whalen, managing partner for Spencer Fane. “Our approach to client service is structured around a commitment to providing our clients direct access to partners. Each of these four possesses a proven depth of experience, and we look forward to witnessing them leverage those abilities to advance the goals of our clients.”

Spencer Fane continued to grow throughout its footprint in 2019. The firm added offices in Tampa, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Houston, Texas; and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, and in total, increased to more than 280 attorneys.


Derek Ankrom — Ankrom focuses on commercial litigation, assisting clients with legal issues including employment disputes, claims of discrimination, civil rights violations, breach of contract actions, intentional tort and negligence actions, property disputes, construction law matters, and complex litigation.

Mark Cole — Cole focuses his practice on litigation and health law. He has experience with individual and consolidated actions in state and federal courts, and in arbitration with the American Arbitration Association and American Health Lawyers Association.

Patrick McAndrews — McAndrews is a litigator, helping small and medium sized businesses resolve complex legal disputes quickly and efficiently, and has prepared numerous cases for mediation, arbitration and trial. He is the co-chair of the Spencer Fane Startup Lab.

Heather Morris — Morris concentrates her practice in the areas of transactional and regulatory banking matters, including mergers & acquisitions, commercial lending, workouts, bankruptcy, and corporate trust.