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Spencer Fane Welcomes 4 New Associate Attorneys

October 25, 2019

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four new associates to the firm’s offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas. All four recently served as summer associates and now join the firm in a full-time capacity.

Patrick Lawhon (Business Transactions), Kyle Klucas (Litigation) and Taylor Chase (Business Transactions and Financial Services) will be in the Kansas City office, while Shannon Bond joins the Health Care practice in Overland Park.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Spencer Fane to build on a relationship already established with these attorneys,” said Pat Whalen, Managing Partner of the Spencer Fane Kansas City office. “We have been impressed by their work and look forward to further integrating them into our culture. This is another unique opportunity to grow our practices in a meaningful way that benefits our clients.”

About the Attorneys

Shannon Bond served as a summer associate at Spencer Fane in 2018. Prior to that stint, she worked as a law clerk at other firms and volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project (now called the Dilley Pro Bono Project). Bond also worked as a student attorney while finishing up her Juris Doctor (with high distinction) at the University of Nebraska College of Law and served as a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Bond completed her undergraduate studies at Baker University, where she also played volleyball and earned honors as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Taylor Chase earned her Juris Doctor at Marquette University Law School after completing her undergraduate studies at Baker University where she also played basketball for the Wildcats. Prior to joining Spencer Fane as a summer associate in 2018, she served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Diane S. Sykes in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Kyle Klucas served two years as a Lawyering Skills teaching and research assistant for the University of Kansas School of Law while earning his Juris Doctor there. He completed his undergraduate studies and served as debate team captain at Kansas State University. Additionally, Klucas spent nearly four years as an assistant debate coach at Silver Lake High School before starting law school. He was a summer associate at Spencer Fane in 2018.

Patrick Lawhon was a summer associate with Kansas City law firms, including his 2018 stint at Spencer Fane. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University before earning his Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law, where he was director of development for the Law & Entrepreneurship Society. In addition to legal experience, Lawhon worked as a teaching assistant for the Stanford Youth Creativity Innovation and Sustainable Workshop, teaching skills and leadership to high school students from Japan, and as a research assistant for the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis to help create geo-rectified maps of the London area for the 1750s, 1860s and 1920s.