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Latest News

“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 58 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 58 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are recognized in their respective practice areas ranging from white collar criminal defense and environmental litigation to bankruptcy and tax law.

Norm Fretwell Reflects on West Point Experience in KBA Journal

In the July/August issue of The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, Spencer Fane Partner Norm Fretwell is featured in an article titled “Reflections on Vietnam and the West Point Class of 1966.”

Andrea Chase and Eric Johnson Share Insights on Chapter 11 Conversions

In an article in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal titled “Chapter 11 Conversion Conundrum,” Spencer Fane attorneys Andrea Chase and Eric Johnson, together with co-authors Mark Stingley and Sarah Holdmeyer with the Bryan Cave law firm, discuss the challenges of property ownership when an individual Chapter 11 case is converted to a Chapter 7.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Interviewed by HoopsHD

In an article about spiraling salaries for D-1 Men’s basketball coaches, HoopsHD recently interviewed Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville.

Ellen Stewart Interviewed by Blacktie Colorado

Black Tie Colorado recently interviewed Spencer Fane Partner Ellen Stewart about her work in the community and with multiple charitable organizations.

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Latest Publications

Eleventh Circuit: Consumers may “partially revoke” consent to be called by automatic dialing systems

In a new decision that may have important implications for telemarketers and others using automatic dialing systems, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held in the case of Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) allows a consumer to partially revoke his or her consent to receive automated telemarketing calls.

What property owners need to know about new registration requirements

Missouri Governor Greitens recently signed into law, RSMO §347.048, a new registration requirement affecting limited liability companies (LLCs) that own and either rent or lease real property, or own vacant real property, located in Kansas City, Missouri or Independence, Missouri.

Federal Court Says EPA Too Stringent on Recycling and Reclamation of Hazardous Secondary Materials

Companies that beneficially reuse hazardous secondary materials by recycling or reclaiming those materials rather than discarding them as hazardous waste need to be aware of a new federal court ruling that may provide additional flexibility in the reuse and recycling of those materials. In its July 7, 2017, opinion in Am. Petroleum Inst. v. EPA, No. 09-1038, slip op. (D.C. July 7, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down two key elements of the EPA’s 2015 Final Rule aimed at revising EPA’s “Definition of Solid Waste”: Factor 4 of the legitimacy test (i.e., “toxics along for the ride”) and, in pertinent part, the Verified Recycler Exclusion pertaining to reclamation under RCRA.

Major Changes to Missouri Human Rights Act Signed Into Law by Governor Greitens

On Friday, June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 43 into law. The Bill implements significant changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) and will likely have a significant impact on the litigation of MHRA claims. When he signed the legislation, Governor Greitens touted Senate Bill 43 for bringing Missouri law in closer alignment with the standards under federal law and 38 other states’ laws.

CERCLA Due Diligence Requirements Revised to Reflect Updated Phase I Standard for Forested and Rural Land

Purchasers of rural and forested land need to be aware of a recent change in EPA’s environmental due diligence rules. On June 20, 2017, EPA published a Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register, amending the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, 40 CFR Part 312, to reflect 2016 updates to ASTM E2247, a standard for Phase I investigations on rural and forested land.

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Latest Events

Knock, Knock: Managing Risk in Internal and Government Investigations CLE, August 8

ACC Mid-America Chapter & Spencer Fane LLP jointly present:
Knock, Knock: Managing Risk in Internal and Government Investigations

Conducted by: Patrick McInerney, Partner and Mark A. Thornhill, Partner

2017 Special District Association Conference, September 13-15

This year’s Special District Association (SDA) Conference, September 13-15 in Keystone, Colorado will feature two speakers from Spencer Fane.

COBRA Basics and More – Webinar

Laura Fischer, Ken Mason and Julia Vander Weele, partners in the Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group will conduct a webinar providing a refresher on COBRA basics, discuss the future of COBRA (in the event of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act), and address several case-law developments.

Who’s Talking to Your Employees About Retirement? and Why You Should Care. – Seminar

Greg Ash, Chair of the Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group, will join Chris Costello of bloom to a conduct a seminar geared toward HR and benefits professionals titled, “Who’s talking to your employees about retirement, and why you should care.” Greg will focus on the topic “The DOL’s fiduciary rule: now what?”

25th Annual Midwest Section Air and Waste Management Association

Paul Jacobson will present “EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.”


Click here to learn more about the conference.

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