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Spencer Fane Welcomes 2 Partners, Associate to its Growing Texas Offices

August 13, 2018

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two partners and an associate attorney to its two Dallas-area offices.

The new hires continue the firm’s growth in the region, and add more valuable experience to help better serve the needs of clients in and outside of Texas. Partner Peg Donahue Hall and Associate Jeremy Rucker join the firm’s Dallas office and Partner Shawn Tuma joins the Plano office.

“Our Dallas and Plano offices continue to expand as we identify the needs of our clients in those markets,” said Patrick J. Whalen, Spencer Fane Managing Partner. “Spencer Fane prides itself on adding attorneys who bring qualified experience but also fit within the firm’s unique legal culture. We are very pleased with these hires and look forward to incorporating their abilities into our practices.”

Having practiced in cybersecurity since 1999, Tuma is widely recognized in cybersecurity and data privacy law. He represents clients across the United States and globally, and is frequently sought out and hired by other lawyers and law firms to advise them when these issues arise in cases for their own clients.

“Data privacy and cybersecurity continue to be important issues for clients,” said Paul Sander, Spencer Fane Office Managing Partner in Plano. “Shawn provides extensive experience to better serve our clients and their needs in protecting their data.”

Hall joins the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She has extensive experience handling a wide range of litigation matters, often serving as national counsel defending mass claims in multi-district proceedings. Rucker joins the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity group, and has assisted clients with numerous matters related to data security and protection.

“We’re very excited to have Peg and Jeremy join our team in Dallas and know they will be tremendous assets to our practice,” said Jason Cross, Spencer Fane Office Managing Partner in Dallas. “Peg has been a leader in the Health and Life Sciences industry, and has a significant and terrific track record that includes representing pharmaceutical manufacturers in high-stakes disputes involving the safety and efficacy of their products. Jeremy brings with him excellent and valuable experience in cybersecurity and data privacy.”


Peg Donahue Hall has extensive experience handling a wide range of litigation matters in many forums, including commercial litigation, life sciences, pharmaceutical litigation, counseling, unfair competition, false advertising, intellectual property disputes, and labor and employment matters.

Shawn Tuma helps businesses protect their information and protect themselves from their information. He represents a wide range of clients, from small to midsize companies to Fortune 100 companies, across the United States and globally in dealing with cybersecurity, data privacy, data breach and incident response, regulatory compliance, computer fraud related legal issues, and cyber-related litigation.

Jeremy Rucker focuses his practice on assisting clients in all matters related to cybersecurity and data protection. He also handles commercial transactions and has a background in mergers and acquisitions.