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6 Spencer Fane Attorneys to Present at SDA Conference

Spencer Fane attorneys Jamie Cotter, Ron Fano, Nicole Finco, Tom George, Rick Kron, and Lisa Mayers will present at the upcoming Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) Conference.

The Spencer Fane STARTUP Lab is Now Accepting Applications from Startups and New Emerging Companies

Helping startups and new emerging companies succeed is central to the economic well-being of Kansas City and its residents.  This concept is what helped drive Spencer Fane LLP to found the Spencer Fane STARTUP LabOnce every quarter, the Spencer Fane STARTUP Lab will select a startup company in the Kansas City region and offer 3 months of free legal consultation, along with mentoring and facilitating meaningful industry introductions.

Kirby McDonough Provides Guidance for Mortgage Servicers on Disaster Forbearance

Spencer Fane attorney Kirby McDonough recently published an article in Mortgage Compliance Magazine on mortgage servicers’ obligations under the FCRA when reporting on a disaster affected borrower that has accepted a forbearance.

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Mary Bacon Provides Insights on Mandatory Mediation Provisions

Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon recently published an article in Construction Executive explaining what construction companies should consider when deciding whether to include a mandatory mediation provision in a contract.

Spencer Fane Hosts Phoenix Mayor for Global Chamber Event

Spencer Fane and partner Mike Patterson recently hosted Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego for the 3rd annual “Welcome to the Metro” Global Chamber event.

5 Spencer Fane Attorneys to Present at MOBAR Annual Meeting

Spencer Fane attorneys Sherry Dreisewerd, Eric Johnson, Rod Nichols, John O’Brien, and Paul Satterwhite will present at the upcoming Missouri Bar Association Annual Meeting.

The conference is the largest gathering of lawyers and judges in Missouri, with professional development courses that cover a full range of topics. A schedule of panels and presentations with Spencer Fane participation is included below.

Helen Holden and Paul Satterwhite to Present at Arizona SHRM on FLSA

Spencer Fane attorneys Helen Holden and Paul Satterwhite will present at the Arizona SHRM State Conference on topics surrounding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) including minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping.

Eric Johnson and Zach Fairlie Provide Guidance on Addressing Troubled Credit

Spencer Fane attorneys Eric Johnson and Zach Fairlie recently wrote an article for The Missouri Banker on assessing risk during economic uncertainty.

Riggs Joins Spencer Fane from U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Peter Riggs has joined the firm as of counsel in the Kansas City office. He will work in the Financial Services practice.

Mike Patterson Provides Guidance on AZ FinTech Regulatory Sandbox

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson recently wrote an article in Chamber Business News on Arizona’s FinTech Regulatory Sandbox.

“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 70 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 70 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are recognized in their respective practice areas.

Spencer Fane Announces Addition of Tom Dolphin in Denver Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Tom Dolphin has joined the firm’s Denver office. He will serve as an associate in the Financial Services practice group.

Crayne Joins Spencer Fane Minneapolis Office as Partner in Estate Planning and Trusts

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Crayne, partner in the Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates practice in the Minneapolis office.

Spencer Fane Announces Combination with Houston-based Firm Zimmerman, Axelrad, Stern & Wise

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 19 attorneys from Zimmerman, Axelrad, Stern & Wise, P.C. are joining the firm effective August 1, 2019.

Shawn Tuma Named to Fastcase 50

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma has been selected for Fastcase 50, an award that honors a diverse group of leaders in the legal and technology industry who have made important contributions to the field.

Spencer Fane Adds attorney to Tampa Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Ashley Elmore Drew in the firm’s Tampa office. She will serve as of counsel in the Litigation Practice Group.

Mathew Petersen Provides Insight on Challenges for Banks in Banking CBD Vendors

Spencer Fane attorney Mathew Petersen was recently interviewed for an article in Startland News explaining the risks and difficulties for banks to provide services to CBD merchants.

Greg Ash Provides Insight on Regulations Affecting Recordkeepers

Spencer Fane attorney Greg Ash was recently interviewed for an article in Ignites explaining the potential impact of the lawsuits against Fidelity on the recordkeeping industry.

Spencer Fane Now Accepting Arts Applicants for Charitable Grant in Kansas City

The Spencer Fane Charitable Grant in Kansas City provides significant support to select local nonprofit arts organizations through a $50,000 donation to each over the course of three years. The program is designed as a rotation so that one new recipient will enter the program each year with another exiting upon completion of its three-year cycle. Our primary goal for the program is to encourage long-standing relationships with nonprofit organizations and provide employees with additional opportunities to become involved with the firm’s causes.

Pat Whalen named to Business Journals’ National Influencers List

Spencer Fane Chairman Pat Whalen has been selected for The Business Journals’ national list of 100 notable attorneys.

Decker Joins Spencer Fane as Of Counsel in Estate Planning Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Joshua A. Decker has joined the firm’s Estate Planning group as Of Counsel in the Overland Park and Kansas City office.

Shawn Tuma Provides Insight on Potential National Privacy Legislation

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma was recently interviewed for an article in SUNNY 99.1 explaining the Deceptive Experiences to Online User Reduction Act (DETOUR Act).

Bob Lattinville Interviewed by USA Today on College Baseball Coaches’ Salaries

Spencer Fane attorney Bob Lattinville was recently interviewed for an article in USA Today on the factors contributing to high salaries for college baseball coaches.

Helen Holden Provides Insight on Independent Contractor Relationships

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden recently published an article in Greater Phoenix In Business on the possible issues that may occur when employers classify workers as independent contractors.

Carly Duvall Selected for Kansas City Tomorrow Program

Spencer Fane attorney Carly Duvall was recently selected to join the 2019 class of the Kansas City Tomorrow (KCT) program.

Thomas Hayde and Ben Shantz Analyze Recent GDPR Guidance

Spencer Fane attorneys Thomas Hayde and Ben Shantz recently published an article in Circuits, the newsletter of the Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Jamie Cotter Elected to Executive Committee of Doyle Inn of Court

Spencer Fane attorney Jamie Cotter was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court (Doyle Inn), a Denver Charter of the American Inns of Court.

Spencer Fane “Phenomenal Growth” Featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Spencer Fane LLP was recently featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s MOney issue, its annual special report on the financial rankings of top Missouri law firms.

Mary Bacon Explains Basics of the Miller Act

Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon recently published an article in Construction Executive answering common questions about the Miller Act.

Attorneys Discuss Solutions to CO Affordable Housing Crisis

Spencer Fane attorneys Katherine Whitney and Sam Young recently published an article in Planning Matters, a publication of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association, on the current hurdles in developing affordable housing Colorado.

Spencer Fane Adds Ahrenhoersterbaeumer to Litigation Group in St. Louis

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Ahrenhoersterbaeumer to the firm’s St. Louis office. He will serve as Of Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group.

Mike Patterson to Present National Webinar on International Distributor Agreements with Learn Export Compliance

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson will present an Export Compliance Training Institute webinar focusing on international distributor agreements.

Andy Anderson to Present at National Seminar on New LLC Act

Spencer Fane attorney Andy Anderson will present at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar focusing on the Arizona Limited Liability Company Act (effective September 1, 2019) and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Act.

Doug Knox Provides Insight on Arbitration Pacts

Spencer Fane attorney Doug Knox recently published an article in Law360 on the pros and cons of arbitration for franchisors.

A.J. Ferate Reviews Supreme Court Decision on Herrera v Wyoming

Spencer Fane attorney A.J. Ferate recently conducted a teleforum call for The Federalist Society on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Herrera v. Wyoming.

Spencer Fane Debuts in Am Law 200

In a recent article in The American Lawyer, Spencer Fane was recognized as one of four law firms making its first appearance in the Am Law 200, a listing of the 200 largest U.S. law firms by revenue.

Nate Orr Featured in Kansas City Business Journal

Spencer Fane attorney Nate Orr was interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal in a Q & A “Newsmaker” spotlight, where he discussed his involvement in downtown Kansas City, including the local arts and legal communities.

Spencer Fane Adds Freeman as Associate in Cape Girardeau Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ross Freeman in the firm’s Cape Girardeau office. He is an associate in the Litigation practice group.

D’Amico Joins Spencer Fane Energy Practice as Partner in Dallas

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brad D’Amico to its Dallas office. He will be a partner in the firm’s Energy Practice.

Ingram’s Selects Kersten Holzhueter to its 2019 Class of 40 Under Forty

Spencer Fane Partner Kersten Holzhueter has been named to the Kansas City 2019  “40 Under Forty” class by Ingram’s Magazine.

Caleb Rush Joins Spencer Fane as Financial Services Associate in Plano

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Caleb Rush, who will be a Financial Services associate in the firm’s Plano office.

Spencer Fane Adds 7th Attorney to Minneapolis Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Cynthia Rowe as Of Counsel in the Litigation practice group. She previously worked as a contract attorney for the firm and now joins the Minneapolis office in a full-time capacity.

Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker Provide Guidance on Cybersecurity at SecureWorld

Spencer Fane attorneys Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker recently presented at the SecureWorld Houston conference on cybersecurity.  SecureWorld is a national cybersecurity conference with multiple stops throughout the nation.

Spencer Fane Strategic Growth Model Featured in The American Lawyer

In a recent article titled “Strategic Growth Propels Spencer Fane Into Big Law’s Big Leagues,” The American Lawyer details the firm’s growth over the past five years.

Kersten Holzhueter Receives Women’s Justice Award

Spencer Fane attorney Kersten Holzhueter was recently honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a recipient of the Women’s Justice Award in the Litigation Practitioner category. In recognition of her accomplishment, Kersten was honored during a ceremony hosted by Missouri Lawyers Media on April 25.

Four Spencer Fane Attorneys to Present at MECC Conference

Spencer Fane attorneys Andrew Brought, Jessica Merrigan, Jim Price, and Baerbel Schiller will be presenting at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) in Kansas City.

Aldaco joins Spencer Fane as Litigation Associate in Dallas

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Aldaco to the firm’s Dallas office. He is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Brian Memory Joins Spencer Fane as Partner in Plano Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Memory as a partner in the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. He will work out of the Plano, Texas office.

Scott Blakesley to Host Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium

Spencer Fane attorney Scott Blakesley is serving as chair for the 2019 Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium taking place this month. The Symposium is the signature program of a not-for-profit organization (KCEPS) organized by professionals from a variety of companies and disciplines who work in all aspects of estate planning. The Symposium provides two days of significant educational and networking opportunities for estate planning professionals who consider themselves more advanced in this field. KCEPS also has other programs during the year for those with less experience.

Mike Hockley Serves as Guest Lecturer for CGSC Brownbag Program

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Hockley recently presented at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) on promoting good relations between the Army and the public.

Jamie Cotter Presents at Eminent Domain Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Jamie Cotter recently presented at the 22nd Annual Eminent Domain Institute Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Jessica Stella Helps Organize ALA Easter Basket Donation

Spencer Fane Director of Administration Jessica Stella recently helped lead the Gateway Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators’ (ALA) Bunny Hop event.

Spencer Fane Adds Experienced Partner to Bankruptcy Practice in Dallas

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Eric M. Van Horn has joined the firm as a partner in its Bankruptcy Practice.

Markley Joins Spencer Fane as Litigation Partner in Kansas City Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Markley to the firm’s Kansas City office. He will be a partner in the Litigation Practice Group.

Frank Neuner interviewed by St. Louis Business Journal on Firm Growth

Spencer Fane St. Louis Managing Partner, Frank Neuner, was recently interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal about the firm’s continued growth and success.

Spencer Fane continues growth in Phoenix, adding Rick Herold as Partner

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Rick Herold as a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group.

Casey Murray and Kevin Tuttle Provide Guidance to Small Business Owners

Spencer Fane attorneys Casey Murray and Kevin Tuttle recently presented at the SCORE Legal Workshop on employment and intellectual property law for small businesses.

Nate Orr Co-Chairs 2019 Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon

Working with co-chair Richard Wetzel of Centric Projects, Spencer Fane partner Nate Orr recently hosted the 2019 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon. The luncheon helped raise funds for local arts organizations and recognized six honorees for the significant roles they have played in advancing the arts community across the region.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Publish 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Salary Findings in USA Today

Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville were recently published in USA Today as instrumental contributors to the publication’s annual release of NCAA Men’s Basketball coaches’ salaries. 

Spencer Fane Adds Chong to Litigation Practice Group in Vegas

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of associate attorney Jessica Chong to the Litigation practice group in the firm’s Las Vegas office.

Andy Lester Provides Insights on Free Speech on College Campuses

Spencer Fane attorney Andy Lester discussed controversies and issues related to free speech on college campuses at the Oklahoma State University inaugural Stockton/Brooks Lecture.

Spencer Fane adds Bustamante-Trinidad to Employee Benefits Practice Group in Denver

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Erin Bustamante-Trinidad has joined the firm’s Denver office as an associate in the Employee Benefits Practice Group.

Katherine Whitney Selected for Downtown Denver Leadership Program

Spencer Fane attorney Katherine Whitney was recently selected for the Downtown Denver Leadership Program.

Alison Rowe Interviewed by CBS Local News in Dallas on Texas Open Range Law

Spencer Fane attorney Alison Rowe was recently interviewed in a TV news story for CBS DFW on the Texas open range law.

Kelso Joins Spencer Fane as a Litigation Associate in St. Louis

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Alissa Kelso to the firm’s Clayton, Missouri office. She will be an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Spencer Fane Announces Addition of 2 Partners in Kansas City Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two partners to the firm’s Kansas City office. Brent Erwood joins the Banking and Financial Services practice group, while Jessica Merrigan joins the Environmental and Energy practice group.

DJ Pierre Elected to Board of Directors of First Call

Spencer Fane attorney DJ Pierre was recently elected to the Board of Directors of First Call, an alcohol and drug treatment provider in the Kansas City area. In this role, DJ will use his unique perspective as a former prosecutor and litigator help to oversee the programs, management, and financials of FirstCall.

Pat Whalen interviewed by KC Business Journal on Firm Growth

Spencer Fane chairman, Pat Whalen, was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal about the firm’s continued growth and success.

Josh Dickinson Presents at Debt Buying Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Josh Dickinson recently conducted a presentation and participated in a panel discussion at the Receivables Management Association International (RMAI) 2019 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Crossroads Preparatory Academy students gain funding for musical instruments

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Crossroads Preparatory Academy as the recipient of the firm’s 2019 Charitable Giving Program grant.

Mike Patterson Provides Insight on USMCA Trade Deal

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson recently published an article in Greater Phoenix In Business on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Julie Roth Article on Risks of Pager Use Published in Journal of AHIMA

Spencer Fane attorney Julie Roth recently published an article in Journal of American Health Information Management Association on the potential privacy issues associated with pager use in hospitals.

Spencer Fane Provides Legal Services to Berkeley Partners in Record Industrial Real Estate Transaction

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that the firm assisted Berkeley Partners in the recent acquisition of a 1.95-million-square-foot Colorado Industrial Portfolio for $247.5 million. This is the largest industrial real estate transaction in Colorado’s history.

Shawn Tuma’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues Interviews and Presentations: January/February 2019

With nearly 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and data privacy law, Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma is often sought after by media outlets and professional organizations to provide insights on the legalities surrounding these issues.

Roger Denny Interviewed by USA Today on Excise Tax for Coaches’ Salaries

Spencer Fane attorney Roger Denny was recently interviewed for an article in USA Today explaining new guidance from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service that could allow universities to avoid the excise tax on highly paid coaches.

Frank Neuner named to National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Spencer Fane attorney Frank Neuner was recently named to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Jessica Nelson Selected to Minnesota Women’s Edition Super Lawyers List, Randi Winter Honored as Rising Star

Spencer Fane congratulates Jessica Nelson for inclusion in the Minnesota Women’s Edition 2019 Super Lawyers list, and Randi Winter for inclusion in its Rising Stars list. 

Spencer Fane Adds Experienced IP Attorney to Phoenix Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Blake Atkinson will join the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Niswonger Added to Spencer Fane Cape Girardeau Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that Travis Niswonger has joined the firm in the Cape Girardeau office. He is an associate in the Litigation practice group.  

Spencer Fane Adds Partner, 2 Of Counsel to New Minneapolis Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of three attorneys to the firm’s newly established Minneapolis office. Jon Farnsworth is a partner in the Business Transactions practice group, while Laurie Quinn and Leslie Witterschein both join the firm as Of Counsel in the Litigation practice group.

Denise Delcore Explains Impact of Missouri’s Legalization of Medical Marijuana on Workplace Policies

Spencer Fane attorney Denise Delcore was recently interviewed by the St. Joseph News-Press regarding human resource issues surrounding Missouri’s new medical marijuana legislation.

Giving Back Through Motion for Kids

Spencer Fane attorney Kate Whitby coordinated the St. Louis office’s attorney and staff participation in a holiday gift donation, including clothing, toys, school supplies, tablet computers and game consoles, stuffed animals, bicycles, scooters and skateboards (with helmets), to the Motion for Kids charitable gift drive.

Bob Lattinville Interviewed by USA Today on Coaches’ Bowl Game Bonuses

Spencer Fane attorney Bob Lattinville was recently interviewed for an article in USA Today on the growing trend of high performing athletes skipping college football bowl games, possibly affecting coaches’ bonuses that are contingent on winning bowl games.

Rod Nichols Interviewed by KC Business Journal on Effects of Missouri Marijuana Legalization on Banks

Spencer Fane attorney, Rod Nichols was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal in an article discussing how the legalization of medical Marijuana could affect banks in Missouri.

Josh Dickinson Explains Mergers and Acquisitions in the Technology Industry

Spencer Fane attorney Josh Dickinson, was recently quoted in the Midlands Business Journal on mergers and acquisitions of technology businesses.

Spencer Fane Establishes Presence in Minneapolis, Tampa

Firm Bolsters Presence With New Attorney in Phoenix

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce its expansion into two new markets with three attorneys joining in Minneapolis and two in Tampa as the firm continues to expand services to align with the business, legal and geographic needs of its clients.

Nate Orr Sworn In as President of KCMBA

In a ceremony on December 14, Spencer Fane Partner Nate Orr was formally inducted as President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), following that organization’s Annual Meeting.

Spencer Fane elects 7 attorneys to partnership

Commitment to client-centered growth starts with internal development

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce seven attorneys have been elected partners, continuing an established track record of internal advancement at the firm. The new partners include attorneys in Spencer Fane offices in Kansas City, Missouri (Stephanie Lovett-Bowman and Mike Seitz); Overland Park, Kansas (Stacy Harper, Crystal Howard and Reed Williams); St. Louis, Missouri (Megan Meadows); and Denver (Tom George).

Crystal Howard Selected for Leadership Overland Park Program

Spencer Fane attorney Crystal Howard was recently selected to participate in the 2019 Leadership Overland Park program.

Casey Murray and Brian Peterson Provide Guidance for Employers During the Holidays

Spencer Fane attorneys Casey Murray and Brian Peterson recently published an article in Recruiter.com on workplace policies that employers should keep top of mind during the holiday season.

Perry Returns to Spencer Fane Office in Kansas City

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Madison Perry back to the firm. She returns as an associate attorney in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group at the Kansas City office.

Shawn Whitney Explains Benefits of Opportunity Zones in Springfield Business Journal Interview

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Whitney was recently interviewed by the Springfield Business Journal in an article discussing opportunity zones.

Mathew Petersen Provides Insights on Banking Issues Raised by Missouri’s Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Spencer Fane attorney Mathew Petersen was recently interviewed by the St. Joseph News-Press (News-Press NOW) and KNPG television in St. Joseph regarding banking issues surrounding Missouri’s new medical marijuana legislation.

A.J. Ferate Interviewed by the Journal Record on Sovereignty Case

Spencer Fane attorney A.J. Ferate was recently interviewed by The Journal Record in an article detailing a case of tribal sovereignty in Oklahoma, which affects where a criminal case should be tried.

Shawn Tuma’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues Interviews and Presentations: November/December 2018

With nearly 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and data privacy law, Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma is often sought after by media outlets to provide insights on the legalities surrounding these issues.

John Watson Provides Guidance on Dissolved Methane Monitoring

Spencer Fane attorney John Watson recently discussed issues regarding regulatory requirements and sampling procedures for methane monitoring at oil and gas sites at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) Member Spotlight Luncheon.

Ji Joins Spencer Fane St. Louis Office Business Transactions Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Jay Ji as an associate in the Business Transactions practice at the firm’s St. Louis/Clayton office.

Spencer Fane Adds Experienced Partner to Real Estate Practice in Plano office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome John Bloomer as a partner in the Real Estate practice in the firm’s Plano office.

57 Spencer Fane Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that 57 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the Super Lawyers list. The names in italics have been recognized as Rising Stars. The list includes:

Ferate Brings Unique Experience to Litigation Practice Group of Spencer Fane in Oklahoma City

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of A.J. Ferate to the firm’s Oklahoma City office as Of Counsel. He joins Spencer Fane after a recent stint as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

Spencer Fane Adds Brian Bear to Government Relations Practice in Kansas City

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce Brian Bear has joined the Kansas City office as of counsel in the Government Relations practice group. This will be Bear’s second stint as an attorney with the firm.

Andy Lester Receives Media Coverage for Insights on Legal Issues Facing College Campuses

Spencer Fane partner Andy Lester provided the premise for a recent editorial in The Oklahoman regarding free speech on college campuses. After hearing Andy speak at the University of Oklahoma’s “Legal Issues in Higher Education” program, The Oklahoman published an editorial aligned with Andy’s thesis. Additionally, Andy’s remarks from the program were repurposed in an abridged commentary for Oklahoma online outlet, Nondoc.com.

John Watson Addresses the Ethics of Oil and Gas Negotiations 

John Watson recently teamed with co-presenter, Austin Murr (Western State Colorado University), at the annual Kuntz Conference in Oklahoma City, the industry’s premier oil and gas conference.

Shawn Tuma’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues Interviews: October 2018

With nearly 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and data privacy law, Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma is often sought after by media outlets to provide insights on the legalities surrounding these issues.

John Watson Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on Colorado Ballot Measures

Spencer Fane attorney John Watson was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal in an article discussing the impacts that measures in the November election could have on the oil and gas industry in Colorado.

Greg Ash to Provide Guidance on Ethics Issues Related to ERISA Representation

Spencer Fane attorney Greg Ash is presenting at the American Conference Institute’s National Forum on ERISA Litigation, November 16 in New York.

Spencer Fane Salary Database Cited in Multiple Articles

USA Today, New York Times, SFGate and Fox Business recently cited research conducted by Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville in multiple articles. The articles specifically referred to the 2018 NCAAF Coaches Salary Database, which you can find here.

Ken Kramer Explains Nuances of Colorado Property Taxes

Spencer Fane attorney Ken Kramer was recently interviewed by Mansion Global in an article discussing property tax regulations in Colorado.

Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker Provide Insights on Attorney-Client Privilege and Cybersecurity

Spencer Fane attorneys Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker recently published an article in the Texas Bar Journal discussing the role attorney-client privilege plays in cybersecurity.

Posner Jarrett Joins Labor and Employment Group at Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Melissa Posner Jarrett as an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group in the Phoenix office.

Matthew Wine Discusses Real Estate Transaction Risks at MIBA Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Matthew Wine recently presented at the Missouri Independent Bankers Association (MIBA) Security Conference on banking real estate transaction fraud.

Shawn Tuma Presents at TABC Convention on Cybersecurity

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma recently presented at the Texas Association of Bank Counsel (TABC) Convention on cybersecurity.

Blane Markley Interview by Kansas City Business Journal on KU Health System Expansion

Spencer Fane attorney Blane Markley was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal in an article discussing the expansion of the University of Kansas Health system throughout the state of Kansas.

St. Louis Office Participates in Biz Dash

Attorneys and staff from the St. Louis office continued the tradition of strong showings recently in Biz Dash 2018.

Josh Dickinson Leads Multiple Presentations on Ethics in the Collections Industry

Spencer Fane attorney Josh Dickinson recently led two presentations directed to attorneys in the collections industry.

Greg Ash Analyzes ‘Top-Hat’ Compensation Plans

Spencer Fane attorney Greg Ash recently published an article in Benefits Pro discussing how the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) impacts nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements.

Elizabeth Fast Named Among Best of the Bar by Kansas City Business Journal

Spencer Fane Partner Elizabeth Fast was recently named to the 2018 Best of the Bar list by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Shawn Tuma’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues Interviews: September 2018

With nearly 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and data privacy law, Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma is often sought after by media outlets to provide insights on the legalities surrounding these issues.

Wendy Harring Nominated for CREW Denver Women of Influence Award

Spencer Fane attorney Wendy Harring was recently nominated for the 2018 Women of Influence Award by Commercial Real Estate Women Denver (CREW).

Patrick J. Whalen Recognized on Ingram’s 250 List

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Patrick J. Whalen has been recognized by Ingram’s as a member of the 2018 Ingram’s 250 list of the most influential business leaders in the Kansas City region.

Matthew Dalton Explains Advantages of Special Districts Over HOAs in Denver Business Journal Interview

Spencer Fane attorney Matthew Dalton was recently interviewed by the Denver Business Journal in an article detailing the attempts to make housing in Denver more affordable by utilizing special districts.

Matthew Wine Joins Forum Discussion on Careers in Business Law

Spencer Fane attorney Matthew Wine recently participated as a panelist at the Business Law Forum hosted by the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Petersen Joins Spencer Fane as Associate in Kansas City

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the hiring of Mathew Petersen as an associate in the Financial Services practice group in the firm’s Kansas City office.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Akinyemi Back to Firm as Associate Attorney

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the hiring of Tomi Akinyemi as an associate attorney in the firm’s St. Louis (Clayton) office. He previously worked as a summer associate with Spencer Fane in 2017.

Spencer Fane Adds Anderson to Business Transactions Group in Phoenix

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Andy Anderson to the firm’s Phoenix office as Of Counsel in the Business Transactions practice group.

Spencer Fane adds Bushek to Business Transactions Group in Overland Park

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Kim Bushek has joined the firm’s Overland Park office. She will serve as of counsel in the Business Transactions group, adding depth to the firm’s growing tax practice.

Nate Orr Interviewed about Spencer Fane Culture and Growth

Spencer Fane attorney Nate Orr was recently interviewed by Real Media LLC on a variety of topics including the Firm’s growth, strategy, and history. Nate holds numerous leadership positions in both the firm and community, focused on a continual commitment to his clients.

Shawn Tuma Interviewed by Media to Analyze Privacy Issues

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma has recently been interviewed by multiple media outlets to discuss legalities surrounding a wide range of privacy issues. With nearly 20 years of experience helping businesses protect their information and that of their customers, Shawn is widely recognized in cybersecurity and data privacy law.

Helen Holden to Provide Guidance on Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will discuss issues surrounding sexual harassment at a 2018 Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona (AMCA) Education Training Learn and Lunch.

Elizabeth Fast Provides Insights on New Banking Legislation in Kansas

Spencer Fane attorney Elizabeth Fast was recently interviewed for an article in The Topeka Capital-Journal that details the impact of new legislation in Kansas (Senate Bill 335) that now allows savings and loan banks to convert from a federal charter to a state charter.

Shawn Tuma Conducts Multiple Cybersecurity Presentations

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma recently gave three presentations on a variety of Cybersecurity topics.

“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 59 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 59 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are recognized in their respective practice areas.

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

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

Robin Nolan Appointed to Executive Council of CBA Real Estate Section

Spencer Fane attorney Robin Nolan was recently appointed to the Executive Council for the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section.

Patrick McAndrews Selected for Kansas City Tomorrow Program

Spencer Fane attorney Patrick McAndrews was recently selected to join the 2018 class of the Kansas City Tomorrow (KCT) program.

Laura Fischer Provides Guidance on Cyber Insurance in Law360

Spencer Fane attorney Laura Fischer recently published an article in Law360 discussing the merits of cyber insurance for the protection of employee benefit plans.

Erik Rome Accepted Into ACTEC Heart of America Fellows Institute

Spencer Fane attorney Erik Rome was recently accepted into the inaugural class of the Heart of America Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Wale Akinmoladun Chosen to Join Centurions Leadership Program

Spencer Fane attorney Wale Akinmoladun was recently selected to join the Centurions Leadership Program’s Fall Class of 2020.

Patrice Douglas Elected to Board of Directors on State Chamber of Oklahoma

Spencer Fane attorney Patrice Douglas was recently elected to serve a second term on the Board of Directors for the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

Bryant Lamer Joins Panel Discussion on Fair Credit Reporting Act

Spencer Fane attorney Bryant Lamer recently participated as a panelist at the National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions and Government Enforcement hosted by the American Conference Institute.

Spencer Fane Athletic Director Salary Database Cited in Multiple Publications

The Kansas City Star and Lawrence Journal-World recently cited research conducted by Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville in multiple articles discussing Jeff Long’s agreement to serve as athletic director at the University of Kansas.

Spencer Fane Now Accepting Arts Applicants for Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City

The Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City was created to provide significant support to select local nonprofit arts organizations through a $50,000 donation to each over the course of three years. The program was designed as a rotation so that one new recipient will enter the program each year with another exiting upon completion of its three-year cycle. Our primary goal for the program is to encourage long-standing relationships with nonprofit organizations and provide employees with additional opportunities to become involved with the firm’s causes.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Preston Enoch to Dallas office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the hiring of Preston Enoch as an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group.

Commercial Property Tax Appeals Have Resulted in Substantial Savings

With the skyrocketing cost of real estate in Colorado in the past few years, many commercial property owners have seen large increases in property value assessments, resulting in similarly large increases in property taxes.

Pat McInerney Publishes Guidepost Document for Internal Investigations

Spencer Fane White Collar and Government Investigations partner Pat McInerney was recently published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law, which featured McInerney’s “Standard Document” for internal investigations policy and practice.

Congratulations to Stacy Jurado-Miller on Receiving the MOWHA Emerging Leader Award

At its recent national conference, the Missouri Workforce Housing Association (MOWHA) presented its Emerging Leader Award to Stacy Jurado-Miller. Stacy is the co-founder of the Vecino Group, a “purpose driven housing company.” 

Julie Roth Interviewed by Wall Street Journal Regarding Privacy Risks of Online Pharmacies

Spencer Fane attorney Julie Roth was recently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal in an article detailing Amazon’s acquisition of the online pharmacy PillPack, and the health data privacy implications of the transaction.

Ellen Stewart Provides Guidance on Physician Super Groups to HFMA Members

Spencer Fane attorney Ellen E. Stewart was recently featured by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in an article about her presentation at the 2018 HFMA Annual Conference.

Josh Dickinson Presents at MCBI Seminar on Debt Revival and Ethics

Spencer Fane attorney Josh Dickinson recently led two presentations at the Missouri Creditors Bar, Inc. (MCBI) Creditors’ Rights Law and Practice CLE Seminar.

Julie Roth Offers Guidance on Security Implications of Hospital Pager Use

Spencer Fane attorney Julie Roth was recently interviewed for an article in The Kansas City Star that investigated the concern that pagers used by medical staff in hospitals may lack the security mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Shawn Whitney Analyzes Impact of Historic Tax Credits Bill

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Whitney was recently interviewed for an article in St. Louis Construction News and Review that details the impact of the new historic tax credit legislation in Missouri (Senate Bill 590) on the development industry.

Bob Lattinville Analyzes Cause of Increasingly Complex College Coach Contracts

Spencer Fane attorney Bob Lattinville was recently interviewed for an article in The Texas Tribune that investigated the factors causing progressively lengthy and complicated negotiations of college coaches’ employment contracts.

Stephen Weinstein Honored for 50 Years in Legal Profession

Spencer Fane attorney Stephen Weinstein was recently honored by the Denver Bar Association at the Senior Spring Banquet for his 50 years of service to clients and for advancing the legal profession in Denver and throughout the region.

Ethan Rector Provides Recommendations When Searching for an Estate Planner

Spencer Fane attorney Ethan Rector was recently interviewed for an article in The Gazette that detailed the criteria potential clients should consider when hiring an estate planner.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Identify Trends in FBS Athletic Director Compensation

Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently published an article in AthleticDirectorU (ADU) analyzing the data in their Athletic Director Database made in collaboration with USA Today.

Pat McInerney Provides Analysis of Gov. Greitens Resignation Agreement

Spencer Fane attorney Pat McInerney was recently interviewed for an article in The Kanas City Star concerning the agreement leading to the resignation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. As a former state and federal prosecutor, Pat is uniquely qualified to offer an objective assessment of the arrangement.

Sam Young to Join Spencer Fane as an Associate in Denver Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Sam Young as an associate in the firm’s Financial Services practice group.

Orren Adams Joins Spencer Fane as Partner in St. Louis Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Orren Adams as a partner in the firm’s Business Transactions practice group in St. Louis.

Matthew Wine Examines Potential Impact of New Banking Regulations

Spencer Fane attorney Matt Wine recently published articles in the Missouri Independent Bankers Association magazine, The Show-Me Banker, and the Community Bankers Association of Kansas magazine, In Touch, on banking legislation newly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

Camber Jones Hired as an Associate at Spencer Fane in Springfield

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Camber Jones as an associate in the firm’s Financial Services practice group.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Mark Wasem to Oil and Gas Group in Dallas

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Mark Wasem as a partner in its Oil and Gas practice group.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Michael Patterson to Business Transactions Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Partner Michael Patterson to the Business Transactions practice group in the firm’s Phoenix office.

Leslie Greathouse Featured in Kansas City Business Journal

Spencer Fane partner Leslie Greathouse was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal about her practice as a litigator in the financial services area, and her role as general counsel at Spencer Fane.

Spencer Fane Bolsters Oil & Gas and Real Estate Practices in Denver

New Partner Adam Veltri Brings C-Suite, GC Experience to Growing Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Adam Veltri as a partner in the Oil and Gas and Real Estate practice groups.

Helen Holden and Paul Satterwhite Take Part in Essential Faculty Roles at the DRI Employment and Labor Seminar

Spencer Fane attorneys Helen Holden and Paul Satterwhite recently participated in the 2018 DRI Employment and Labor Seminar as program chair and speaker, respectively.

Nate Orr Discusses the Future of Downtown Kansas City

In a recent interview on 610 Sports Radio, Spencer Fane attorney and chairman of the Kansas City Downtown Council Nate Orr discussed a wide range of topics related to the continued growth of downtown Kansas City. During the interview, Nate answered questions about the renaissance of the downtown area, the future of the KC Streetcar and Sprint Center, and the potential for a downtown baseball stadium. Nate stressed that the vision for downtown, despite the growth achieved in recent years, is “only going to happen if we keep our foot on the gas.”

Spencer Fane Adds Carly Duvall to Kansas City Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Carly Duvall as Of Counsel to the firm’s Litigation practice group in Kansas City.

Francis Slay Honored at University Commencement Ceremonies

As part of May commencement ceremonies, Spencer Fane attorney Francis Slay received a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree at Washington University and a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree at St. Louis University for his accomplishments during his tenure as mayor of St. Louis. Francis also delivered the commencement address at Quincy University.

Donn Herring Explains the Role of Health Privacy Laws in Bourbon Virus Disagreement

Spencer Fane attorney Donn Herring was recently interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio on how health privacy laws may affect a dispute between lawmakers and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS).

Spencer Fane Partners Present at MIBA Directors and Officers Seminar

Spencer Fane attorneys Elizabeth Fast, Rodney Nichols, and Sherry Dreisewerd presented at the recent Missouri Independent Bankers Association (MIBA) Directors and Officers Seminar.

Spencer Fane Market Analysis Cited By North Carolina Public Radio

North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC) recently cited research conducted by Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville in an article detailing the highest paid salaries in college athletics.

Melissa Sherman Receives Women’s Justice Award

Spencer Fane attorney Melissa Sherman was recently honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a recipient of the Women’s Justice Award in the Litigation Practitioner category. According to Missouri Lawyers Media, the Women’s Justice Awards recognize women across the state “who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.”

Roger Denny Joins Panel Discussion at Collegiate Sports Summit

Spencer Fane partner Roger Denny recently participated as a panelist at the Collegiate Sports Summit held in Santa Monica, California.  Roger’s presentation focused on the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on intercollegiate athletics departments.

Spencer Fane Adds Partner to Growing Dallas Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Cash to the firm’s Dallas office. Cash joins the firm as a Partner in the Business Transactions practice group.

Mike Hockley Appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper recently appointed Spencer Fane attorney Mike Hockley as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Kansas (East). Mike was nominated by retired Lt. Gen. Robert Arter and Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, Commander of the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, for his experience serving the military and community.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Katherine Whitney to Real Estate Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Associate Katherine Whitney to the Real Estate practice group in the firm’s Denver office.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Analyze Trends in Athletics Director Compensation

Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently published an article in AthleticDirectorU (ADU) analyzing the data in their Athletic Director Database made in collaboration with USA Today.

Stacy Harper Presents at AAPC Healthcon

Spencer Fane attorney Stacy Harper recently presented at Healthcon, the AAPC’s national conference, to provide guidance on legal issues related to the health care industry.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Write Article on Effects of Intermediate Sanctions Tax on Athletic Departments

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently published an article in AthleticDirectorU (ADU) discussing the details and consequences of the intermediate sanctions tax on college coaches, athletic directors, and other highly paid employees of tax-exempt organizations.

Gerry Greiman Elected Chair of University City TIF Commission

Spencer Fane partner Gerry Greiman was recently elected Chairperson of the University City, MO Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission.

Spencer Fane Continues Growth in Texas

Firm Adds Four Attorneys in Dallas Area

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four attorneys to its two Dallas-area offices, the latest demonstration of the firm’s continued commitment to grow, in and outside of Texas, alongside the business needs of clients.

Jack Coatar and Francis Slay Speak at Public Service Symposium

Spencer Fane attorneys Jack Coatar and Francis Slay recently joined a panel at Saint Louis Unversity School of Law (SLU Law) discussing the necessity for lawyers to be involved in the legislative process.

Andy Lester to Participate in Oil and Gas Law Panel

Spencer Fane attorney Andy Lester will join a panel of speakers during the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) Legal Review to discuss recent court cases’ impact on the oil and natural gas industry.

Kevin Tuttle Presents An Overview of Intellectual Property Concepts to the Kansas City SCORE Chapter

Spencer Fane attorney Kevin Tuttle presented an overview of intellectual property law concepts to the volunteer mentor members of the Kansas City SCORE chapter at their April monthly meeting.

Spencer Fane Office in Denver Welcomes Two New Attorneys

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Troy Rackham to the Litigation practice and Associate Nicole Finco to the Special Districts practice in the firm’s Denver office.

Heise Brings Hometown Roots to Spencer Fane Office in Cape Girardeau

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Sarah Heise has joined the Cape Girardeau office as of counsel in the Litigation practice group.

Frank Neuner Presents on Workplace Best Practices

Spencer Fane attorney Frank Neuner recently presented at the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) Annual Convention, discussing measures companies can take to prevent and properly address claims of harassment in the workplace.

Spencer Fane Publishes NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Salary Survey in USA Today

Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently published their annual NCAA Men’s Basketball coaches’ compensation survey in collaboration with USA Today.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Serve as Guest Lecturers on Environmental Due Diligence

Spencer Fane attorneys Ryan Pulkrabek and Shelby Wood recently presented at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law about the importance of environmental due diligence in real estate transactions.

Roger Denny Analysis of Tax Impact on Universities Cited by Tax Notes Today

Spencer Fane partner Roger Denny was recently interviewed for an article in Tax Notes Today discussing possible technical errors in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which may benefit athletic departments at public universities.

Spencer Fane Honored with Creative Impact Award

ArtsKC – Kansas City’s Regional Arts Council – recently recognized the firm’s ongoing support of the Kansas City arts community by selecting Spencer Fane as the 2018 recipient of the Creative Impact award.

Robin Nolan Selected for Downtown Denver Leadership Program

Spencer Fane attorney Robin Nolan was recently selected to be a part of the 2018 Downtown Denver Leadership Program. The program’s participants work together on an annual project focused on urban issues and policies.

Josh Dickinson and Kersten Holzhueter Featured at Receivables Management Association Conference

Spencer Fane attorneys Josh Dickinson and Kersten Holzhueter recently spoke at the Receivables Management Association (RMA) Annual Conference to help provide industry education and regulatory updates.

Kyle Elliott Conducts Intellectual Property Workshop at Mid-Continent Public Library

Spencer Fane attorney Kyle Elliott presented at the Mid-Continent Public Library (MPCL) Intellectual Property Workshop on the topics of copyright, trade secrets, patents, and trademarks.

Roger Denny Analyzes Market Rate for NCAA Athletic Director Salaries

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Roger Denny was recently quoted in the Raleigh News & Observer’s PolitiFact in an article analyzing the “market rate” for NCAA athletic director salaries.

Spencer Fane Continues Support of Epworth Children and Family Services

Members of the Spencer Fane St. Louis office regularly volunteer their time at the Drop-In Center operated by Epworth Children and Family Services to provide volunteer support and meals for clients of the non-profit agency, which primarily serves children and families who have suffered severe abuse or neglect.

Spencer Fane welcomes John Nettels

Aviation-focused attorney joins the firm’s Kansas City Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome John C. Nettels as Of Counsel to the firm’s Business Litigation practice group in Kansas City.

Eric Combs joins Spencer Fane in Oklahoma

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associate Eric Combs to its Environmental and Energy practice in the firm’s Oklahoma City office.

Pat Whalen Shares Insights with the Kansas City Business Journal on Spencer Fane Growth

The Kansas City Business Journal recently interviewed Spencer Fane Chairman Patrick J. Whalen to discuss the Spencer Fane growth over the past several years.

Gerry Greiman Participates in Panel at Washington University First Amendment Symposium

Spencer Fane attorney Gerry Greiman recently participated in Washington University School of Law’s Roberts Court’s First Amendment Symposium as a member of a panel discussion titled “Technology and Free Speech.”

Helen Holden Provides Guidance on Tip Pooling Arrangements

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Helen Holden published an article in Modern Restaurant Management that detailed the recent proposal by the Department of Labor to rescind the current regulations on tip pooling.

Former Missouri Department of Agriculture Lead Attorney Joins Spencer Fane

Former general counsel, deputy director will advise businesses on regulatory matters

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Darryl Chatman to the firm’s Business Litigation practice in its St. Louis office. Chatman joins the firm as Of Counsel after having served as general counsel and deputy director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Helen Holden Analyzes New Rules Surrounding Intern Pay

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Helen Holden’s blog post on internship program guidelines was recently republished in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Employment Practices’ Section Update.

Nate Orr and Mayor Sly James “Slow Jam” Downtown Kansas City’s 2017 Accomplishments

Spencer Fane LLP Partner Nate Orr and Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James recently presented the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s 2017 accomplishments in “slow jam” style, similar to the popular recurring “Slow Jam the News” segment on “The Tonight Show.”

Ellen Stewart Shares Legal Insights at Healthcare Reimbursement Summit

Spencer Fane LLP Partner Ellen Stewart presented “Healthcare Law Update” at EKS&H’s 2018 Healthcare Reimbursement Summit.

Ken Mason Quoted by Employee Benefit Adviser on Tax Changes Affecting Transportation Assistance

Spencer Fane LLP partner Ken Mason was recently quoted in Employee Benefit Adviser in an article detailing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s effect on transportation assistance benefits.

Helen Holden Quoted by Business Insurance on Updated Guidelines for Intern Pay

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Helen Holden was recently quoted in Business Insurance in an article detailing the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent actions modifying criteria businesses must meet to utilize unpaid interns.

Spencer Fane Market Analysis Cited by Sports Business Journal

Sports Business Journal recently cited research conducted by Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville in an article detailing the most critical issues facing university athletic departments in 2018.

Josh Dickinson Testifies Before Nebraska Judiciary Committee on Legislative Bill 710

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Josh Dickinson testified before the Nebraska Judiciary Committee on January 19, 2018 in conjunction with the Nebraska Collector’s Association (NCA) support of Legislative Bill (LB710). The bill presents an amendment and clarification to Nebraska statute 25–1801, which establishes collector’s rights to seek interest, costs, and attorney’s fees on certain debt.

Spencer Fane welcomes Steven Laureanti and David Banko

Firm’s growing Phoenix office adds capacity to IP practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome partner Steven Laureanti and associate David Banko to the firm’s Phoenix office. The addition of Laureanti and Banko brings new depth to the firm’s intellectual property practice, and continues a strong growth trend that has included six new attorneys in Phoenix and seventy-one new arrivals firm-wide since December 2016.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Publish Article on FBS Assistant Football Coaches’ Contract Trends

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently collaborated to write an article published in AthleticDirectorU (ADU) that summarizes the findings from their recent collaboration with USA Today on a database of assistant football coach salaries. In the ADU article, they discuss their observations related to trends in the data, including compensation disparities between head coaches and their staff in each of the Autonomy 5 conferences.

Leslie Greathouse Named Spencer Fane General Counsel

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that partner Leslie Greathouse, who has been with the firm since 2008, has been appointed general counsel of Spencer Fane. This is a new position in the firm and Leslie’s role is effective as of January 1. Previously, partner Nick Badgerow served as the chair of the firm’s professional responsibility committee since 1988, and continues with Spencer Fane in his capacity as a litigator and mediator.

Paul Trimble to Present on Joint Operating Agreements in Oil & Gas Ventures

As part of The University of Oklahoma College of Law Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Partner Paul Trimble will present “What’s New in the 2015 AAPL JOA.”  The event covers Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs) as they relate to the American Association of Professional Landman (AAPL), and gives attendees the opportunity to earn 5-6 hours of CLE credit.

Spencer Fane Growth Continues in Dallas Market

We are pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Jason Cross and Alison Rowe in our Dallas office.

Joe Bednar Receives 2018 Carnahan Award for Public Service

Spencer Fane LLP Partner Joe Bednar has been named recipient of the 2018 Governor Mel Carnahan Award for Public Service. The award, named after the former Missouri Governor, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions through their public service, both paid and volunteer, in the government, education, nonprofit, or legal sectors.

Spencer Fane Opens Plano, Texas Office as Paul Sander Joins Firm

We are pleased to announce the continuation of our growth in the Dallas market with the opening of an office in Plano, Texas that will be led by new Office Managing Partner Paul Sander. Paul joined Spencer Fane Monday, January 8 in our real estate practice.

Nikki Hutson Article on Workplace Harassment Published in HR.com

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Nikki Hutson recently wrote an article published in HR Legal and Compliance Excellence Essentials on the recent spotlight on sexual harassment and high-profile claims. The article provides suggestions to employers on performing a successful complaint investigation and preventative measures organizations can take to minimize their exposure for harassment claims.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Write Article on New Tax Act’s Impact on College Coaches’ Compensation

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently collaborated to write an article published in AthleticDirectorU about effects of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on coaches’ compensation. The article discusses the nuances of the new act, its impacts and the possible strategies for universities moving forward.

Four Attorneys Promoted to Partner

We are pleased to announce that four of the firm’s attorneys have been elected as partners effective Jan. 1, 2018. The attorneys include George Freedman, Ryan Hardy, Justin Leck and Kelly Vos.

DJ Pierre Featured in KC Counselor

Spencer Fane attorney DJ Pierre was interviewed by KC Counselor in a Q & A “From the New Crew” spotlight, where he discussed his affiliation with KCMBA and his life outside of being an attorney.

Mary Bacon Honored with LACSN Award

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Mary Bacon recently received the Ask-A-Lawyer Community Commitment Award from The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN). Mary was recognized for volunteering over 200 hours of pro-bono services helping local individuals who could not otherwise afford representation.

Roger Denny Quoted in USA Today on Effects of Tax Bill for Collegiate Athletic Departments

Spencer Fane LLP Partner Roger Denny was recently quoted in USA Today in an article about the new tax bill’s impacts on college sports. Some provisions in the bill could potentially cause increases in cost of coaches’ compensation, a possible decrease of donor contributions, and other related consequences.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Associate Nicole Detweiler to Litigation Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Nicole Detweiler to the firm’s Litigation Group in the Denver office.

Andy Lester Quoted in The Oklahoman on Higher Education Task Force Recommendations

In an article about Oklahoma’s higher education system, Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester was quoted in The Oklahoman on the task force’s newly approved recommendations.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Mark Cole to Health Care Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Cole has joined the firm’s Health Care practice as Of Counsel in Overland Park, Kan.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Publish D1 Football Assistant Coach Salary Database in USA Today

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville were recently published in USA Today as instrumental contributors to the publication’s annual release of top collegiate assistant football coach salaries across all Division I conferences. USA Today collaborates with the Spencer Fane sports practice duo to prepare the compensation survey, which you can read here.

Gov. Brad Henry and Andy Lester Write Article on Death Penalty Reforms

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Governor Brad Henry and Andy Lester recently collaborated to write an article published in both Tulsa World and The Oklahoman about death penalty reforms. The article discusses their time serving as co-chairmen of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, including identifying a broken system and their recommendations to fix it.

Spencer Fane Partner Brett Bogan Chosen to Lead Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

Attorney Aims to Promote City’s Economic Development

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Brett Bogan was recently appointed chairman of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, a business organization dedicated to enhancing the community’s business environment and quality of life.

Shannon Davies interviewed by The Journal Record About Rise of Harassment Claims

Spencer Fane LLP Partner, Shannon Davies, was recently quoted in The Journal Record for her insights regarding the rise of harassment claims in Oklahoma.

Julie Roth Discusses EMTALA Issues at Kansas Hospital Association Conferences

Spencer Fane Partner Julie Roth provided an overview of hospitals’ obligations under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to hospital senior-level administrators, attorneys, clinical management, and risk and quality managers at two Kansas Hospital Association conferences November 29 and 30.

Spencer Fane Pledges $50,000 to Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

Spencer Fane LLP is making a three-year commitment to support Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA), a nonprofit whose mission is to make dance accessible to all people. Through performances and innovative arts education programs, KCFAA teaches more than 25,000 youth annually critical life skills through dance and models interracial and multicultural community partnerships.

Andy Lester Interviewed by NewsOK in Oklahoma City

In an article about the challenges facing the higher education system in Oklahoma, Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester was interviewed by NewsOK about options to update and modernize the system.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Associate Matthew Wine to Real Estate Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Matthew Wine, who joins the firm’s Real Estate Group in Kansas City.

Forty Spencer Fane Attorneys Recognized by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that 40 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list.

Mike Hockley Elected Treasurer of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

At the recent annual meeting of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, Spencer Fane Partner Mike Hockley was elected Treasurer, and will be one of four Officers leading the College for the upcoming year.

Kyle Elliott to Share IP Best Practices at iWerx Lunch & Learn

As part of the iWerx “Lunch & Lean” program for entrepreneurs, Spencer Fane Partner Kyle Elliott will present “What Business Owners Should Know about Patent, Copyright and Trademark Laws.” In his presentation at 11:30 Tuesday, December 5, Kyle will explain the ins and outs of patent, trademark and copyright protection for innovative business products and services. Attendees can even learn how comic book icons Archie and Veronica are relevant to intellectual property issues.

Spencer Fane Partner Nate Orr Elected Chairman of the Downtown Council of Kansas City

Attorney Aims to Bring More Business to Downtown Kansas City

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Partner Nate Orr was recently elected board chairman of the Downtown Council (DTC) of Kansas City, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable downtown.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Attorney Jacob Reeves to Environmental and Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Jacob Reeves has joined the firm’s Environmental and Energy practice groups as Of Counsel in Oklahoma City.

Stacy Harper Presents at Two Healthcare Conferences in November

At the Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys annual meeting in November, Spencer Fane attorney Stacy Harper provided insight to attorneys for healthcare providers regarding when they can and cannot disclose protected health information to business associates. Topics included risk analysis, responses to violations or breaches, and the questions attorneys need to ask themselves to determine whether or not a vendor is an “associate.”

Julie Roth to Provide Insights on EMTALA at Kansas Hospital Association Noon Briefing December 6

Spencer Fane Partner Julie Roth will provide an overview of hospitals’ obligations under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to hospital senior-level administrators, attorneys, clinical management, and risk and quality managers at an upcoming Kansas Hospital Assocation (KHA) Noon Briefing webinar:

Wednesday, December 6
Noon – 1:00 pm
Register here: https://registration.kha-net.org/

Josh Dickinson Discusses Collections Overshadowing Best Practices at Compliance Professionals Forum

Spencer Fane Partner Josh Dickinson, along with David Weimer of Frank & Frank, recently provided insights to a group of more than 400 debt collection professionals on industry legal best practices.

Mike McCann Discusses Craft Brewing Legal Issues in Kansas City Business Journal Interview

Spencer Fane Partner Mike McCann was interviewed recently by the Kansas City Business Journal about legal pitfalls that can often affect craft brewery owners.

Ken Mason Provides Insights to Readers of Employee Benefits News

In an article in Employee Benefits News titled “A closer look at the proposed delay of disability claims and appeals procedures,” Ken Mason reviews the Department of Labor’s proposed 90-day delay in the applicability of disability claims and appeals regulations that were finalized in the waning days of the Obama Administration.

Gary A. Powell Selected for Biz 417’s Annual Biz 100

Biz 417 has announced that Gary Powell has been included in its second annual Biz 100 – a listing of the 100 most powerful and influential business leaders in southwest Missouri.

Ellen Stewart Updates AAPC Members on Issues in Medical Coding

At a recent AAPC meeting in Colorado, Ellen Stewart updated attendees on benefits plans and ERISA issues as they relate to medical coding.

Laura Bond and Donn Herring to Conduct Webinar on Laws Related to Blood Draws

In conjunction with the Kansas Hospital Association and Missouri Hospital Association, Spencer Fane attorneys Laura Bond and Donn Herring will conduct a free educational webinar Tuesday, November 14, noon-1:30.

Pat McLaughlin Reviews Eleventh Circuit Decision on Partial Consent to Receive Automated Calls

In an article published in Collection Advisor, Spencer Fane partner Pat McLaughlin updates readers on a recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that allows a consumer to partially revoke his or her consent to receive automated telemarketing calls.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville in New York Times and AthleticDirectorU

In a New York Times article titled “How the Big Ten Got Back to the Top of College Football,” Spencer Fane attorney Bob Lattinville is interviewed about how the Big Ten’s previous lows in football were directly related to its current highs. He mentions that “In 2014, maybe the shine had come off,” he said. “That can be helpful, in the sense that if your fan base’s expectations aren’t out of whack, or your biggest booster isn’t threatening to withhold a check, that’s helpful.”

Ron Fano and Pat Whalen Discuss Spencer Fane Growth in Law Week Colorado

In a recent article published in Law Week Colorado, Denver Office Managing Partner Ron Fano and Managing Partner Pat Whalen were interviewed about the growth that Spencer Fane has experienced in the past few years.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Partner Melissa Sherman to Litigation Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Melissa Sherman to the firm’s Litigation Group in the Overland Park, Kansas office.

Bob Lattinville and Roger Denny Publish Coaching Salary Findings in USA Today

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Bob Lattinville and Roger Denny were recently published in USA Today as instrumental contributors to the publication’s annual release of top collegiate head football coach and assistant coach salaries across the FBS conferences. USA Today collaborates with the Spencer Fane sports practice duo to prepare the compensation survey, which you can read here.

Westport Commons Project Garners National Historic Rehabilitation Award

Spencer Fane congratulates Westport Commons Project for being honored in the 2017 Historic Rehabilitation Awards by Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits.

Thomas Hayde Participates in Cybersecurity “Table of Experts”

Along with 3 other panelists, Spencer Fane Partner Thomas Hayde participated in a “Table of Experts” discussion regarding cyber security that was hosted by and published in the St. Louis Business Journal.

Brian Peterson Reviews Missouri Supreme Court Opinion on Right-To-Sue Letter Challenges

In an article published in Law360, Spencer Fane attorney Brian Peterson updated readers on the Missouri Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Tivol Plaza v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

Andy Lester Interviewed by TV station KFOR in Oklahoma City

In a recent story about the death penalty in Oklahoma, television station KFOR in Oklahoma City interviewed Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester. Andy was co-chair of the Death Penalty Review Commission, a bipartisan group that conducted the first-ever independent, objective, and thorough review of Oklahoma’s entire capital punishment system.

Shannon Davies and Andy Lester Selected to Oklahoma Super Lawyers List, Courtney Powell Honored as Rising Star

Spencer Fane congratulates Shannon Davies and Andy Lester for inclusion in the 2017 Oklahoma Super Lawyers list, and Courtney Powell for inclusion in its Rising Stars list.

Spencer Fane Welcomes George M. Rowley to Special Districts Group

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of George M. Rowley, who joins the firm as Of Counsel in its special districts practice.

Spencer Fane Grows Health Care Practice with Addition of 6 Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Partners Brett Bogan, Donn Herring, Andy Ramirez, Julie Roth, and Of Counsel Stacy Harper and Reed Williams to the firm’s Health Care practice effective October 16, 2017.

Lisa Epps Named Among Best of the Bar by Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Business Journal has named Spencer Fane Partner Lisa Epps to its 2017 Best of the Bar, a list of top attorneys in Kansas City.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Partner Pete Heaven to Real Estate Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Pete Heaven to the firm’s Real Estate Solutions Group in the Overland Park, Kansas office.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Four Associates as Firm Grows Litigation and Health Care Practices

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associates Leslie DeGonia, Hillary Martel, Ben Shantz, and Blake Smith, all recent graduates of top Missouri law schools.

Jessica Gale Helps Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Raise $151,000

As an Auxiliary Board member of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Spencer Fane attorney Jessica Gale co-chaired the organization’s inaugural Wine Women and Shoes Phoenix fundraiser. On stage at the sold-out event, Jessica spoke to over 400 members of the Phoenix business community, helping raise $151,000 for the foundation.

Charissa Dvorak Interviewed in Houston Chronicle

In a recent Houston Chronicle article about a university administrator stepping down due to allegations of misconduct, the publication interviewed Spencer Fane attorney Charissa Dvorak to gain insights from her work in the area of investigations into misconduct at universities.

Ryan Hardy and Eric Peterson Speak at MIBA Convention

At the recent annual convention of The Missouri Independent Bankers Association (MIBA), Spencer Fane attorneys Ryan Hardy and Eric Peterson spoke on the topic “The Road Ahead: The Way Forward When My Borrower Defaults.” 

Josh Dickinson Presents at National Creditors Bar Association Webinar

In a recent webinar titled “Intersection Between Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Claims,” Spencer Fane Partner Josh Dickinson gave National Creditors Bar Association (NARCA) members an overview of consumer bankruptcy including a discussion of a collection attorney’s liability for violating the automatic stay and discharge injunction.

Robin Nolan Reviews 5 Changes to 2016 ALTA Commitment Form in Colorado Real Estate Journal

In a recent article in Colorado Real Estate Journal, Spencer Fane Partner Robin Nolan explains five substantive ways in which the 2016 ALTA Commitment form differs from previous forms.

New York Times Cites Bob Lattinville in Coaches’ Salary Article

In a September 8 article titled “What Does a College Pay for Its Football Coach? It Depends How Many It’s Paying,” the New York Times cites work done by Spencer Fane attorney Bob Lattinville.

Labette Health Opens New Facility Delivering Emergency Medical Services to Rural Kansas

Spencer Fane is proud to announce its involvement with the opening of Labette Health’s Independence Healthcare Center in Independence, Kansas. For the first time since 2015, about 20,000 people who live in Southeast Kansas have access to critical emergency medical care.

2017 Employee Benefits Seminar

The Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group will host its annual seminar this fall in the Denver and Kansas City areas. The theme this year is:  “Benefits 2017:  Do You Know What You Need to Know?

Pat McLaughlin Reviews Ninth Circuit TCPA Decision Affecting Sellers Using Telemarketers

In an article published in Law360, Spencer Fane partner Pat McLaughlin updates readers on a recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holding that a seller was not vicariously liable for calls made by a telemarketer in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because the telemarketer was an independent contractor.

Multiple Publications Cite Athletic Director Compensation Survey by Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville

The FBS Athletic Directors’ Compensation Survey written by Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville and published in AthleticDirectorU has received attention from several publications.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Carrie Vaughn to Environmental and Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that it will once again be joined by Carrie Vaughn, who rejoins the firm as an associate in its Environmental and Energy practice.

“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.

Rick Kron and Tom George to Speak at Special District Association Conference

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

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Publish College Athletic Directors Compensation Survey

In another of their ongoing articles for AthleticDirectorU, Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville recently published the FBS Athletic Directors’ Compensation Survey.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Rodney Nichols to Banking and Financial Services Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Rodney Nichols to the firm’s Banking and Financial Services practice.

Kyle Elliott Shares IP Best Practices at Northland Coffee Connect

In a presentation at iWerx, an entrepreneurial development center in North Kansas City, MO, Kyle Elliott recently discussed intellectual property legal issues with approximately 30 business owners.

Spencer Fane Featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly

In an article titled “Efficient Growth,” Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently interviewed Managing Partner Patrick J. Whalen about the client demand that’s driving the firm’s growth.

Mary Bacon Named Volunteer of the Month

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN) recently recognized Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon as its Volunteer of the Month.

Pat McInerney Interviewed about Violent Crime in Kansas City

Spencer Fane Partner Pat McInerney, a former president of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, was recently interviewed on KCUR radio’s Up To Date show about the problem of violent crime in Kansas City.

Josh Dickinson Discusses Ethics Issues that Impact Debt Collection Attorneys

On Monday, July 17, Spencer Fane partner Josh Dickinson joined a panel discussion at this year’s ACA convention (Association of Credit and Collection Professionals), updating debt collection attorneys on ethics issues.

Through Leadership Las Vegas, Mary Bacon Makes a Difference for Schoolchildren

As an active member of Leadership Las Vegas, Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon is helping make a difference in lives of local schoolchildren. Mary’s Leadership Las Vegas class is placing Buddy Benches at 10 schools in the Clark County School District to help reduce bullying and integrate students.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Ed Herman to Firm’s Real Estate Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ed Herman, who joins the firm as Of Counsel and brings more than 30 years of legal experience to the firm’s Real Estate practice.

Spencer Fane Now Accepting Arts Applicants for Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City

The Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City was created to provide significant support to select local nonprofit arts organizations through a $50,000 donation to each over the course of three years. The program was designed as a rotation so that one new recipient will enter the program each year with another exiting upon completion of its three-year cycle. Our primary goal for the program is to encourage long-standing relationships with partner nonprofit organizations and provide employees with additional opportunities to become involved with the firm’s causes.

New Partners John O’Brien and Scott Sandberg Join Spencer Fane in Growing Denver Office

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Partners John O’Brien and Scott Sandberg in our Denver office.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Peter Goplerud to Firm’s Business Transactions Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Goplerud, who joins the firm as Of Counsel and brings more than 40 years of legal experience to the firm’s Business Transactions practice.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Helen Holden to Labor and Employment Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Helen Holden, who joins the firm as Of Counsel and brings experience helping businesses successfully understand complex federal and state employment laws.

Mary Bacon Recognized as 2017 Nevada Rising Star

Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon has been selected to the 2017 Nevada Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Stephanie Lovett-Bowman Selected for Kansas City Tomorrow Program

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City has selected Spencer Fane attorney Stephanie Lovett-Bowman as a member of the 2017 class of the Kansas City Tomorrow program. Stephanie joins a select group of business, industry, and government leaders who, over a 9-month period, will focus on issues analysis, decision making, and building effective community leadership skills.

Thomas Hayde Selected for Leadership St. Louis

FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, has selected Spencer Fane Partner Thomas Hayde to be part of its Leadership St. Louis (LSL) program. Thomas is one of 67 individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors selected for the 42nd LSL class. He joins a prestigious group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976.

Spencer Fane Hosts Historic Revitalization for Missouri Panel Discussion

Over 60 community leaders, real estate developers and members of the business community gathered Wednesday night at the Roasters Block in Kansas City to discuss the state of historic tax credits in Missouri. Panel members were former mayor of St. Louis Vince Shoemehl, Jim Farrell of Historic Revitalization for Missouri, and Spencer Fane attorneys David Schatz and Shawn Whitney. The panel was moderated by Spencer Fane attorney Nate Orr.

Pat McInerney to Speak at KCMBA Corporate House Counsel Institute

On Thursday, June 15, Spencer Fane Partner Pat McInerney will share his insights on Internal Investigations with members of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association at the 30th Annual Corporate House Counsel Institute.

Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville Provide Insights into NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaching Salaries

As part of their ongoing research and analysis into NCAA coaching salaries and contracts, Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville are publishing their findings – and insights gleaned from those findings – in a series of articles with AthleticDirectorU.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Ryan Pulkrabek to Environmental & Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associate Ryan Pulkrabek to its Environmental & Energy practice.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Zachary Fairlie to Financial Services Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associate Zachary Fairlie to its Financial Services practice.

Pat Whalen Shares Insights with the Kansas City Business Journal on Spencer Fane Growth

The Kansas City Business Journal recently interviewed Chairman Pat Whalen to discuss the Spencer Fane growth over the past several years. 

Frank Neuner Interviewed by St. Louis Business Journal about Spencer Fane Growth

The St. Louis Business Journal recently interviewed Frank Neuner to discuss the Spencer Fane growth over the past several years.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Mary Bacon to Litigation Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of litigation associate Mary Bacon to its newest office in Las Vegas.

Spencer Fane Opening Downtown St. Louis Office – Former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay Officially Joins Firm

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce its expansion into downtown St. Louis with a new office that will open shortly after former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay officially joins the firm on May 8, 2017.

Spencer Fane Welcomes John D. Ryan to Litigation Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of John D. Ryan, who joins the firm in its growing litigation practice.

Spencer Fane Opens Las Vegas Office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce its expansion into the Las Vegas market with the addition of partner John H. Mowbray, who brings to the firm and its clients a deep level of experience amassed throughout his 40-year legal career.

Duvel Pierre Joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that Duvel “DJ” Pierre has joined the firm as an associate in its business litigation practice.

Eric Johnson Appointed as Division Chair of The Missouri Bar’s Business/Corporate Division

The Missouri Bar has appointed Spencer Fane Partner Eric Johnson as the Division Chair for the Business/Corporate Division.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Partner Paul Trimble As Firm Grows Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Paul Trimble, who adds significant depth to the firm’s growing Energy practice.

Blane Markley Interviewed About the Complexity of Closing St. Francis Hospital

With the recent news about the potential closing of St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, The Topeka Capital-Journal interviewed Spencer Fane Partner Blane Markley about the process of closing a hospital.

Andy Federhar and Pat Whalen Quoted in Az Big Media

Az Big Media recently published an article about the new Spencer Fane office in Phoenix. The article quotes Spencer Fane Phoenix Office Managing Partner Andy Federhar, mentioning that “The Esplanade is the perfect location to best serve our clients. We are committed to making this location a base from which we will expand our presence in Phoenix.”

Gerry Greiman Nominated as Board Chair of Jewish Federation of St. Louis

At the upcoming Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers September 7, Gerry Greiman will be presented for election as the Board Chair of the organization.

Kersten Holzhueter Provides “Employer Lessons in Avoiding FCRA Violations” in Law360

In an article published in Law360, Kersten Holzhueter updates readers on a recent court ruling upholding strict procedures that employers must follow when obtaining criminal background records and credit histories from third parties on employees and applicants.

Spencer Fane Attorney Jane Dueker Named Among The Missouri Times 100 List

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce attorney Jane Dueker has been named to The Missouri Times’ 100 List. The publication’s biennial list features “100 people in the Missouri public policy process you need to know”.

Andy Lester Quoted in Oklahoman Article about Higher Education Task Force

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, which includes Andy Lester, Spencer Fane Partner, is forming a task force to review the status of Oklahoma’s higher education system and make recommendations to improve and modernize it.

Ellen Stewart Conducts Healthcare Financial Management Seminar

Spencer Fane Partner Ellen Stewart recently conducted a 2-day seminar providing in-depth education for Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHMA) members.

Charissa Sloan Dvorak Appointed to Texas State-wide Council

Charissa Sloan Dvorak has recently been appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the state’s Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Since 1983, the council members, recognized by the State of Texas as experienced professionals in the treatment and management of sex offenders, have set forth the standards for treatment to enhance public safety and oversee the licensing of sex offender treatment providers.

Andrew Brought and Mark Thornhill Provide Insights on DOJ Worker Endangerment Initiative

Andrew Brought and Mark Thornhill spoke to health and safety leaders at Kansas City companies about federal civil and criminal enforcement of worker endangerment laws. The presentation was part of the Midwestern Construction Safety Conference sponsored by The Builder’s Association of Kansas City.

Paul Jacobson Provides Update on Hazardous Waste Regulations at A&WMA Conference

At the February Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Technical Conference, Spencer Fane attorney Paul Jacobson updated attendees on the recent changes in federal regulations regarding the management of hazardous waste.

Spencer Fane Opens Phoenix Office with Three Attorneys

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce its expansion into the Phoenix market with the addition of partners Andrew M. Federhar (Andy) and John R. Jefferies (Randy), as well as associate Jessica Gale, who bring to the firm and its clients a high-level of experience amassed throughout their notable legal careers. 

Spencer Fane Partner Ellen Stewart’s Healthcare Law Class Featured in Law Week Colorado

In a recent article in Law Week Colorado, Ellen Stewart was interviewed about the Health Care Law class she’s teaching at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, its first ever on the subject.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to Join Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that Francis G. Slay will join the firm after he concludes his 16-year term as Mayor of the City of St. Louis – the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. Upon the conclusion of his term in April, Mayor Slay will return to private practice in early May 2017, working out of a new Spencer Fane office in downtown St. Louis.

Andy Lester Quoted in Oklahoman Article about STEM Education

In a February 2 article in The Oklahoman about the need for engineering graduates in the state, Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester mentions that the engineering dean at Oklahoma State “tells me that we have more good students who are applying, but we don’t have the funding to even take those students.”

Joe Hatley Shares Insights on Cost of Lawsuits Against Missouri School Districts

Spencer Fane Partner Joe Hatley was interviewed recently by KSHB television station in Kansas City to discuss the cost of employment discrimination lawsuits filed against school districts in Missouri.

Spencer Fane Grows into Phoenix Market with Addition of Randy Jefferies

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce it is expanding into the Phoenix market with the addition of John R. Jefferies (Randy) who joins the firm as a Partner with a notable and accomplished career practicing as a federal and state procurement and contracts lawyer in the real estate and construction industries.

Griffin Bridgers Updates Real Estate Investors on Proposed IRS Regulations

The Colorado Real Estate Journal published an article in its January 18 issue written by Spencer Fane attorney Griffin Bridgers.

Spencer Fane Reunites With Lovett-Bowman, Expands Litigation Practice

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that it will once again be joined by Of Counsel Stephanie A. Lovett-Bowman who rejoins the firm’s litigation practice after serving with the U.S. Department of Education. Previous to her time at the DoE, Stephanie served with Spencer Fane for five years.

Ellen Stewart Shares Insights on Healthcare Legal Issues with Two Colorado-Based Audiences

Spencer Fane Partner Ellen E. Stewart spoke at two events recently, covering topics that are critical to the healthcare community.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to perform Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters this weekend

Spencer Fane is proud to be an underwriter of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Exploration Series, featuring in its next performance, Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters.

Scott Blakesley Discusses Charitable Giving Strategies with Ingram’s Readers

In its December issue, Ingram’s magazine published an article by Spencer Fane Partner Scott Blakesley offering insight into the allocation of personal assets to charitable causes.

Spencer Fane Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have been elected as partners effective January 1, 2017. The partners include Kersten Holzhueter, Kevin S. Tuttle and Elizabeth Wente.

Spencer Fane Adds Depth To Litigation And Energy Law Practice

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Jordan Jackson to its Oklahoma City office. He will join the firm’s litigation team, contributing a broad depth of experience in a range of practice areas, from real estate and acquisitions to oil and gas law. Jordan joins the firm from Freeman Mills PC of Tyler, Texas.

Ken Mason Discusses 21st Century Cures Act in Law360

In an article published in Law360, Spencer Fane Partner Ken Mason brings readers up-to-date on the 21st Century Cures Act and its relevance to small employers.

Spencer Fane Sponsors Lyric Opera Exploration Series

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce its newly formed sponsorship of The Exploration Series, a new initiative of Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Publish Coaching Salary Findings in USA Today

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Bob Lattinville and Roger Denny were recently published in USA Today as instrumental contributors to the publication’s annual release of top collegiate head football coach and assistant coach salaries across all Division I conferences.

Elvin Knight inducted into the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City Hall of Fame

At its annual holiday dinner and Hall of Fame Award Presentation, members of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City inducted Elvin Knight into its Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth Fast Shares Creative Examples on How to Remain an Independent Community Bank

Published in the Show-Me Banker, Spencer Fane Partner, Elizabeth Fast’s article on “How to Remain an Independent Community Banker” focuses on the importance of this topic to bank shareholders.

Spencer Fane Announces Combination with Berenbaum Weinshienk

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that the attorneys of 70 year-old Denver-based Berenbaum Weinshienk PC have joined the firm effective Dec. 1, 2016.

Spencer Fane Managing Partner Patrick J. Whalen Recognized By Ingram’s

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Patrick J. Whalen has been recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as an inaugural member of the Ingram’s 250 list of the most influential business leaders in the Kansas City region.

Spencer Fane Adds Depth to Labor & Employment Practice

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Nikki Hutson to its Springfield, Mo. office. Nikki will join the firm’s Labor and Employment group, bringing with her six years of experience in Labor and Employment law and Commercial Litigation.

Spencer Fane Earns 56 Rankings in U.S. News Best Law Firms List

Spencer Fane is proud to announce that the firm earned a total of 56 rankings in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list, including 23 Tier 1 local rankings as well as five Tier 3 national rankings.

Eric Johnson Provides Insights on Recent U. S. Bankruptcy Court Ruling

In an article in American Bankruptcy Journal that he co-authored with Mark Stingley from Bryan Cave, Spencer Fane Partner Eric Johnson updates readers on the potential effects of a recent ruling by the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in the Intervention Energy Holdings LLC matter.

Spencer Fane LLP Adds Depth To Its Litigation Group In Kansas City

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Mike Seitz to its litigation group in Kansas City.

Frank Neuner Updates St. Louis Business Owners and Managers on New Labor Guidelines

During a lunch meeting at the Roofing & Siding Contractors Alliance, Inc. (RSCA) in St. Louis, MO, Frank Neuner updated members on the new Department of Labor and OSHA rules.

Five Spencer Fane Attorneys Recognized as “Best of the Bar”

Spencer Fane is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys were included among this year’s “Best of the Bar” issue in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Oklahoma Super Lawyers Recognizes Davies, Lester, Powell and Vaughn

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s Oklahoma City attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Oklahoma Super Lawyers and Oklahoma Rising Stars list.

McCann Speaks on The Business of Beer Panel for Kansas City Business Journal Hoppy Hour

The Kansas City Business Journal hosted the Business of Beer Panel Discussion & Hoppy Hour event on Thursday, September 28. Spencer Fane partner, Mike McCann joined a panel of five that included a brewmaster, brewery owners, and a certified cicerone.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands, Adding Three New Associates in Kansas City And One in St. Louis

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of four new associates. Three will be added to its Kansas City, MO. office, as well as one new associate addition to its St. Louis, MO. office. David Hrabik will be joining the firm’s Corporate Practice Group; Paul T. Jacobson and Shelby Wood will be added to the Environmental Practice Group. In St. Louis, Soo Hyun Cho will join the Corporate Practice Group.

Spencer Fane Expands Its Employee Benefits Practice Group

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Beth Miller to its Employee Benefits Practice Group. Beth brings with her more than 19 years of experience providing legal guidance and risk mitigation strategies to service providers in the retirement industry and employers.

Spencer Fane Successfully Defends the Interests of American Piping Products

Spencer Fane attorneys Richard Lageson and Thomas Hayde were recently successful in defending American Piping Products (APP) against a $6 million lawsuit.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands Financial Services Group in St. Louis, Missouri

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Scot Seabaugh has joined the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group as Partner, bringing with him more than 30 years’ experience.

Spencer Fane Expands To Cape Girardeau With Addition Of Michael D. Murphy

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Michael D. Murphy in conjunction with the opening of a Spencer Fane office in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. With the addition and the new office, Spencer Fane now has five offices in the state of Missouri, advancing its strong regional footprint and state-wide presence further into southeast Missouri.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands Litigation Group in St. Louis

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Eric Block has joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group as Associate Attorney.

Rick Kron Discusses Infrastructure Financing at NAIOP Meeting

During an August 17 meeting of the Colorado Chapter of the NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks), Rick Kron joined a four-person panel to discuss “Building a Better Colorado: Financing Infrastructure After Landmark Court Case.”

Spencer Fane Receives Best of Business Kansas City Award in Ingram’s Magazine

Readers of Ingram’s magazine, a leading business publication in Kansas City, have recognized Spencer Fane with a Best of Business Kansas City award. This is the first time in the publication’s 28 year history of this recognition that Spencer Fane has received the award.

“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 47 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 47 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 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.

Industry Week features Brian Peterson Article on new OSHA Regulations

In national industry publication, Industry Week, Spencer Fane attorney Brian Peterson gives insight to employers on new OSHA regulations regarding drug testing.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Patrick McInerney to White Collar Criminal Defense Group

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Patrick McInerney has joined the firm’s Kansas City office as Partner in the White Collar Criminal Defense practice group.

Heather Morris and Eric Peterson Share Insights on Commercial Receivership Act

The Missouri Banker featured an article in its July publication written by Spencer Fane attorneys, Heather Morris and Eric Peterson, about the Commercial Receivership Act becoming a law. In the article, Heather and Eric discuss how the act provides a complete statutory structure for the appointment of receivers, and explain how it affects banks.

Former Oklahoma Corporate Commissioner Joins Spencer Fane LLP

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Patrice Douglas has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Tom Jerry Shares Insights on Commercial Real Estate with St. Louis Business Journal

The St. Louis Business Journal hosted a “Table of Experts” panel discussion on July 22nd focusing on Commercial Real Estate. Contributors included Spencer Fane Partner Tom Jerry along with six other representatives from the local real estate community including brokers, developers, accountants, bankers and designers.

Pat Whalen Discusses New Market Expansion with Dallas Business Journal

The Dallas Business Journal recently interviewed Pat Whalen to discuss the Spencer Fane LLP expansion into the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands Municipalities, Litigation Practice Groups

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Dauer and Jacob Hollars have joined the firm. Ms. Dauer will practice in the firm’s Municipal Practice Group, and Mr. Hollars will join the Litigation Group.

Laura Bond Elected to REACH Board of Directors

The REACH Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to improving health care access and quality for poor and medically underserved individuals through financial support of programs and initiatives, has elected Spencer Fane attorney Laura Bond to its Board of Directors.

Spencer Fane Now Accepting Arts Applicants for Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City

Last year, Spencer Fane launched its innovative, new charitable giving program with the mission of renewing the firm’s commitment to the arts community in Kansas City while maximizing the impact of its annual giving.

Jacob Sparks Discusses Ipso Facto Clauses in Dallas Headnotes

In his article titled “Ipso Facto Clauses in Executory Contracts,” which was featured on the front page of the July 2016 issue of the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes newspaper, Jacob Sparks shares insights on Bankruptcy Code and how it affects ipso facto clauses.

Litigation Support Manager Judy Craig Achieves E-Discovery Designation

Litigation Support Manager Judy Craig has earned the designation of Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS). The CEDS Certification is awarded to those who meet certain qualification standards and pass a rigorous 4-hour certification examination.

Elizabeth Fast Named in Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards

Spencer Fane Partner Elizabeth Fast has been selected as an honoree for Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award.

Dickinson Shares Legal Insights at Credit Industry Convention

Josh Dickinson was recently a featured speaker at the ACA International Convention. The convention annually brings together over 1,000 members and industry professionals for education and networking focused on advancing the credit and collection industry.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands into Dallas Market

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that the firm has established a presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth market with the addition of three attorneys: Charissa Sloan Dvorak (Litigation) who has joined Spencer Fane from GRACE, a non-profit that assists faith communities with responses to sexual misconduct or abuse, and Jaspal Hare (Intellectual Property) and Jacob Sparks (Litigation and Financial Services), who have joined the firm from Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. The new Dallas office reflects the firm’s continued strategic growth into new markets to better suit clients’ needs.

Laura Bond Provides Insights on Contracts for Home Health Agencies

Laura Bond was recently interviewed for an article written for Home Health Line, a newsletter focused on regulatory news, benchmarks and best practices for home care agencies.

Andy Lester Quoted in Law360 Regarding U. S. Supreme Court Decision

Partner Andy Lester was recently quoted in Law360 for his insights regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v University of Texas, in which the Court ruled that the university’s race-conscious admissions policy is constitutional, rejecting a challenge by an unsuccessful applicant who claims she was discriminated against because she is white.

Amy Mistler Selected for Leadership St. Louis

FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, has selected Amy Mistler to be part of its Leadership St. Louis (LSL) program. Amy joins a prestigious group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976.

Sue Willman Elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Partner Sue Willman has been elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Sue is also a certified human resources professional and holds the SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications.

David Wing Quoted by Law360 Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Spencer Fane Partner David Wing was recently quoted by Law360 for his insights regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, in which the Court set aside a ruling by the Ninth Circuit that held auto dealer service advisors should be entitled to overtime compensation.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands Financial Services Group

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Allison Tanner has joined the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group as Of Counsel.

Pat Whalen Shares Insights on Spencer Fane Growth

The Kansas City Business Journal recently interviewed Chairman Pat Whalen to discuss the Spencer Fane growth that has it “standing above the crowd” in terms of revenue and income growth.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands Litigation Practice Group

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Wale Akinmoladun has joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group as an Associate.

Spencer Fane Partners David Schatz and Erik Solverud Featured in Ingram’s

In an article published by Ingram’s Magazine, David Schatz and Erik Solverud discuss why contractors should embrace the written contract to avoid future litigation.

Former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry Joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has joined the firm.

Andy Lester Sworn In as Regent

In a ceremony that took place May 27, Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester was sworn in to the Oklahoma State Regents For Higher Education by U.S. district Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange.

Jamie Cotter Discusses Special Districts Litigation Issues in Law Week

Law Week Colorado recently published an article written by Partner Jamie Cotter entitled “Special Districts – How to Protect Yourself from Litigation.”

Former Assistant Attorney General Joins Spencer Fane LLP

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that former Colorado Assistant Attorney General Tom George has joined the firm. Tom will join the Municipal and Local Governments practice group as Of Counsel.

Missouri Commercial Receivership Act

On May 10, 2016, the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (the “Act”) was passed by the Missouri General Assembly as SB 578. The proposed Act provides a complete statutory structure for the appointment of receivers and the administration of receiverships within the state.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Features Mediation Article by Frank Neuner

Spencer Fane Partner Frank Neuner was recently published by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in an article discussing the use of opening statements in mediation.

Larry Jenab Discusses Supreme Court ERISA Ruling in Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently published an article written by Spencer Fane Partner Larry Jenab on the surprising truth behind the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan.

Ingram’s Selects Denise Portnoy to its 2016 Class of 40 Under Forty

Spencer Fane Partner Denise Portnoy has been named a 2016 “40 Under Forty” by Ingram’s Magazine, Kansas City’s premier business publication. Each year, the publication recognizes the 40 most accomplished individuals under the age of 40 in the Kansas City metropolitan area based on professional successes, as well as community involvement.

St. Louis Magazine Selects Spencer Fane Partner as 100 People to Know in Business

St. Louis Small Business Monthly recently announced that Spencer Fane Partner Jim Dankenbring has been selected for inclusion in its Top 100 People to Know in Business.

Spencer Fane Continues Investment in Kansas City’s Arts Culture

Spencer Fane LLP is making a long-term commitment to support the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, a nonprofit dedicated to hosting Shakespeare performances, free to all.

Nate Orr Discusses the Modern Client-Attorney Relationship in Ingram’s Magazine

Spencer Fane attorney Nate Orr recently published an article in Ingram’s Magazine, discussing the necessity of adaptation in the evolving legal industry. In the article, Nate addresses major changes that have occurred in the modern client-attorney relationship and provides guidance for those wishing to adapt to meet clients’ new expectations.

Spencer Fane Listed as One of the Largest 250 Law Firms in the Country

In its annual survey of U.S. law firms, Law360 has named Spencer Fane to the Law360 400.

Andy Lester Appointed as Co-Chair in Groundbreaking Bipartisan Commission

Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester was recently appointed to serve as one of three co-chairs for the newly formed Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission.

Shawn Whitney Shares Insights on New Approaches for Historic Tax Credit Investments

Partner Shawn Whitney was recently featured in an article in the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. The article discusses the difficulties faced by smaller developers when it comes to attracting investors for developments using Historic Tax Credits. Whitney explained the issue they often experience.

Spencer Fane Hosts Community Influencers Dinner

Thursday night, March 24, Spencer Fane hosted a reception and dinner in conjunction with the Command and General Staff College Foundation (CGSCF). Over 40 Community Influencers – business and community leaders throughout Kansas City – attended the dinner to meet and listen to remarks from Patrick Murphy, the Acting Secretary of the Army.

Lester Shares Insights on Oklahoma State University Diversity Award in The Oklahoman

Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester was quoted in The Oklahoman in an article announcing Oklahoma State University’s recent receipt of the Institutional Excellence Award, which was presented to the university by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Colorado Super Lawyers Recognizes Stu Pack and Jamie Cotter

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s Denver attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Colorado Super Lawyers and 2016 Colorado Rising Stars list.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Scholarship Program

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the firm’s clients in a high-profile dispute regarding a scholarship program for disabled children. The state-funded scholarship had been under scrutiny for including aid to children who attend sectarian schools and called into question whether that inclusion offended the “no aid” clause of the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits the use of state money or property to aid religion.

McCann Shares Insights on Startups’ Common Pitfalls

Spencer Fane partner Mike McCann was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal to discuss common legal concerns that entrepreneurs should be wary of when starting a business.

Spencer Fane Continues Growth of St. Louis Office

Spencer Fane is pleased to welcome Aaron Pawlitz to the firm’s St. Louis office. Pawlitz will join the Business Transactions practice group as partner where he will focus on counseling domestic and international public, private and nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of industries. In particular, he will help clients navigate mergers and acquisitions, real estate and lending transactions, corporate governance and other commercial agreements.

General Counsel Name Whalen a Client Service All-Star

After in-depth interviews with more than 300 general counsel and legal decision-makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue, BTI Consulting Group recognized Spencer Fane Chairman Pat Whalen as one of the nation’s best in providing superior client service.

Spencer Fane Partner Authors Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolio

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Partner Larry Jenab recently published a professional treatise on qualified retirement plans.

Spencer Fane Attorney Putting Cyber Security Certification To Work

Spencer Fane attorney Jonathan Gray has earned the esteemed designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a global organization dedicated to advancing the privacy and data protection industry.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Richard Walters as Law Firm Leader of the Year

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has selected Spencer Fane Springfield Office Managing Partner Richard Walters as a Law Firm Leader of the Year for his successful leadership and growth of the firm in the Springfield, Mo., market.

Spencer Fane Expands Presence into Oklahoma

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that 9 former Lester, Loving & Davies, P.C. attorneys have joined the firm in a strategic move to expand its operations into Oklahoma and further strengthen its presence throughout the region.

Spencer Fane Partner Appointed to TAGLaw Advisory Board

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Partner James Dankenbring was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of TAGLaw, an international alliance of independent law firms, which provides accounting, legal, financial and business support services to its member firms.

Spencer Fane Invests in St. Louis Youth and Family Programs

Spencer Fane LLP is making a long-term commitment to support Epworth Children & Family Services, a nonprofit whose mission is to help St. Louis youth and families find strengths, overcome obstacles and build brighter futures. Thousands turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, psychological services and foster family care.

Spencer Fane Expands Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice

Spencer Fane is pleased to welcome Patrick J. McAndrews to the firm’s Kansas City office where he will serve as a senior associate within the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group.

Hatley Sheds Light on Sexual Harassment Law on KCUR

Spencer Fane Partner Joe Hatley was featured as a guest commentator earlier this week in an “Up to Date” segment on local radio station KCUR. Hatley shared his insight on the legal definitions of sexual harassment as part of a story on members of the Missouri House of Representatives participating in harassment training. The training was held in response to last year’s sexual harassment incidents involving Statehouse interns.

Jason Smith Among Springfield Business Journal’s 2016 Class of 40 Under 40

Spencer Fane Partner Jason Smith was recently recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as one of the city’s most accomplished individuals under the age of 40. The annual “40 Under 40” feature honors those who have achieved significant success in both the civic and professional arenas and are considered “up-and-comers.”

Spencer Fane Welcomes Former Missouri Assistant Attorney General

Spencer Fane is pleased to welcome Brian T. Bear to the firm’s Kansas City office where he will serve as an associate within the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group.

Mason Offers Insight on IRS Affordable Care Act Guidance in SHRM Article

Spencer Fane Partner Ken Mason was recently featured in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) concerning new guidance from the IRS under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Springfield Business Journal Highlights Spencer Fane Initiative with The eFactory

The Spencer Fane Springfield office and a local business incubator, The eFactory, were recently featured by the Springfield Business Journal in an article on the pair’s relationship.

St. Louis Business Journal Highlights Spencer Fane Growth

In its 2015 Year in Review, the St. Louis Business Journal highlighted the recent growth of the Spencer Fane St. Louis office. The article noted the addition of numerous experienced and renowned attorneys to the firm including Mark Boatman, Sherry Dreisewerd and Jane Dueker, among others.

Walters Recognized as Extraordinary Law Firm Leader by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Spencer Fane Partner Richard Walters was recently recognized as a law firm leader who “demonstrated extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership during the year” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

KC Counselor Highlights Spencer Fane in “Office Design Trends” Article

A recent issue of KC Counselor featured an article about how current law office design trends “steer away from the mahogany wall, brass fixtures and the smell of leather-bound book of yesteryear.”

Springfield Business Journal Highlights Spencer Fane Growth

The Springfield Business Journal recently recognized Spencer Fane Britt & Browne as “an upstart local competitor” in an article highlighting its continued growth since establishing a presence in Springfield in June.

Spencer Fane Sponsors 35 Local Children in Holiday Gift Drive

The Spencer Fane St. Louis office recently participated in the Motion for Kids program through the St. Louis Bar Foundation, which gives gifts to children in the foster care system or those who have been severely impacted in some way by the criminal justice system.

Spencer Fane Chairman Named ‘Cyber Security Trailblazer’

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that firm Chairman Pat Whalen was recently recognized as a Cyber Security Trailblazer by The National Law Journal for his accomplishments on behalf of clients in this emerging area of law.

McCann Shares Insights with Brewers on Positioning for a Successful Sale at National Conference

Spencer Fane partner Mike McCann was recently a featured speaker and panelist at Brewbound Session, a leading national conference focused on the business side of the craft brewing industry. McCann offered insights on how a brewer can best position his or her business for a successful sale and ultimately a prosperous future.

Ron Fano Shares Insights on “Ban the Box” Mandate

A recent issue of Law Week Colorado featured an interview with Spencer Fane partner Ron Fano on the recent mandate for federal agencies to remove criminal history inquiries from employment applications, and how it could affect government contractors and other employers.

Spencer Fane Announces Promotion of 7 New Partners

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that seven attorneys in offices stretching from St. Louis to Denver have been elected as partners of the firm effective on Jan. 1, 2016. The attorneys include Jamie Cotter, Roger Denny, Amy Mistler, Casey Murray, David O’Leary, Denise Portnoy and Robert Preston.

Spencer Fane Partner Thomas Hayde Earns Renowned Cyber Security Certification

Spencer Fane Partner Thomas Hayde earned the esteemed designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) in November from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a global organization dedicated to advancing the privacy and data protection industry.

Spencer Fane Expands its Corporate Practice Group

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Associate Justin Leck to its Kansas City office. Leck will rejoin the firm’s Corporate Practice Group where he will focus on corporate law and real estate, including transfers and leases of real property, mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance and providing general advice and services for privately held companies.

Spencer Fane Client L.J. Hart Saves School District $86K

As reported in The Monett Times, the Wheaton, Missouri school district recently approved “a general obligation bond refunding,” which resulted in a savings of more than $86,000. Spencer Fane client L.J. Hart & Company of St. Louis prepared the refunding proposal, which Assistant Vice-President Brad M. Wegman explained could align with the long-range plans of the district. L.J. Hart also underwrote the Series 2015 refunding bonds.

Baerbel Schiller Shares Insights on Leadership and Legal Careers

On Monday November 9, Baerbel Schiller participated in a panel discussion at St. Louis University School of Law focusing on careers paths that can stem from a degree in law.

Spencer Fane Earns Top Rankings in U.S. News’ Best Law Firms

Spencer Fane is proud to announce that the firm earned a total of 54 rankings in the 2016 edition of U.S. News’ Best Law Firms including 24 Tier 1 local and state rankings as well as one Tier 2 and four Tier 3 national rankings.

Spencer Fane Named ‘Best in Quality’ Among St. Louis Businesses

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that the firm was recently named as one of the “Best in Business” by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

Alderman Jack Coatar Joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to welcome Jack Coatar to its St. Louis office as counsel in its Governmental Affairs and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice groups.

Brian Peterson Speaks at Associated Industries of Missouri Conference

On Thursday, October 22, Brian Peterson spoke at the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) Tax, Business and Manufacturing Conference. The three-day conference featured multiple sessions discussing current business issues in Missouri.

Spencer Fane Expands Springfield Real Estate Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Adlai Groves to its Springfield office. Groves will join the firm’s Real Estate Group where he will focus his practice on real estate development and incentives, tax credits, housing, construction and real estate finance.

Greg Ash to Speak at ACI’s 10th National Forum on ERISA Litigation

On Monday, October 26, Greg Ash will speak at the American Conference Institute’s (ACI) 10th National Forum on ERISA Litigation. The conference focuses on strategies for leading in-house and outside counsel on litigating today’s key issues involving benefit plans, plan investments, and fiduciaries.

McCann Offers Insight to Brewers on Positioning for a Successful Sale

Spencer Fane Partner Mike McCann was featured as a guest author in the leading craft brewing publication Brewbound last week, offering his insights on how a brewer can best position his or her business for a successful sale and ultimately a prosperous future. In his article, McCann outlined the steps that brewers should take before they begin to consider a sale.

St. Louis City Circuit Court Rules Against Minimum Wage Increase

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that St. Louis City Circuit Court Judge Steven Ohmer ruled in favor of the firm’s clients in a high-profile minimum wage dispute that has gained national attention.  Judge Ohmer declared that the city’s recent minimum wage increase is “unenforceable as  in conflict” with state law, striking down the city’s plan to raise the local minimum wage to $8.25 per hour on Oct. 15 and $11 per hour by 2018.

Spencer Fane Expands Financial Services Practice in St. Louis

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Eric Peterson to the firm’s St. Louis office. Peterson will serve as counsel in the Financial Services practice group where he will apply his nearly two decades of commercial bankruptcy and litigation experience in representing financial institutions including banks and finance companies, as well as entrepreneurs, business executives and investors in complex business disputes.

Spencer Fane Expands Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group

Spencer Fane is pleased to welcome Associate Ian London to the firm’s Denver office where he will join the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Mr. London’s practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, but he has particular experience in professional liability matters across a wide range of industries including health care.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Participate in SIOR Development Day

Attorneys from Spencer Fane’s Real Estate and Environmental teams exhibited Thursday 9/24 at SIOR Development Day, hosted by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

Andrew Brought Presents on Accidental Release and Chemical Accident Prevention Programs at Missouri Environment and Energy Conference

Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was selected to present at this year’s Missouri Chamber of Commerce Environment and Energy Conference.

Andrew Brought Shares His Insights on Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was recently featured as a guest columnist in SIOR Professional Report, a quarterly publication of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Support Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at Liberty and Justice Gala

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Liberty and Justice Gala was held Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Midland Theater.

Spencer Fane Now Accepting Applicants for Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City

As reported by The Kansas City Star, Spencer Fane launched its innovative, new charitable giving program earlier this year with the mission of renewing the firm’s commitment to the arts community in Kansas City while maximizing the impact of its annual giving.

Jane Dueker Recognized as Someone ‘You Need to Know’ in Missouri Public Policy

Spencer Fane Counsel Jane Dueker was recently included among the 2015 list of 100+ people in Missouri public policy you need to know by The Missouri Times. The annual list features a variety of individuals who work across a range of sectors in the public policy process from campaign managers and public relations consultants to lobbyists and political party officials. She was also included on The Missouri Times 2013 100+ list of people you need to know in Missouri politics and political media.

Scott Goldstein to speak at Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute

Scott Goldstein of Spencer Fane will participate on a panel at the 35th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute with Edward Gavin of Gavin Solmonese, Deborah Gutfeld of Perkins Coie, and Christopher Ward of Polsinelli to discuss recent cases where the “alleged” best of intentions of management went awry and led to corporate failure, resulting in litigation seeking restitution for the damage.

Spencer Fane Adds Two to Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of associates Thomas S. Hiatt and Madison A. Fischer to its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group in the firm’s Kansas City office.

Elizabeth Fast to Conduct Banking Staff Training

Elizabeth Fast of Spencer Fane will conduct training sessions for front-line banking staff September 24 in Phillipsburg, KS and September 29 in Mayetta, KS., in conjunction with the Community Bankers Association of Kansas (CBA). The 2-hour sessions will cover important banking laws and regulations that are essential knowledge for staff members to properly handle a bank’s operations. Cost is only $49 for CBA members, and $69 for non-members. To register, go to http://cbak.com/ and click on “Calendar.”

Spencer Fane and Mike Hockley recognized by the Command and General Staff Foundation

The Command and General Staff College Foundation (CGSCF), a non-profit educational foundation that provides resources and support to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in the development of tomorrow’s military leaders, has recognized Spencer Fane and Mike Hockley as long-time supporters of the Foundation.

Robbins Shares Insights on Brulotte Rule in Law360

Spencer Fane Partner Glenn Robbins was featured as a guest author in Law360 this past week, offering his insights on the Brulotte rule, which restricts patent holders from receiving license royalties following a patent’s expiration.

State of Colorado Honors Tom Grimshaw

More than seventy five friends and family gathered to honor Spencer Fane retired partner Tom Grimshaw Saturday night at the Community College of Denver, and to celebrate his nearly 60 years of service to the legal profession, the state of Colorado, and the Colorado Community College System.

417 Magazine Highlights New Springfield Office

The new Spencer Fane office in Springfield is featured in the September issue of 417 Magazine. The article focuses on the design of the office, and mentions that it “looks more like a creative business space than a law firm, but that was exactly the company’s goal.”

Dave Seitter weighs in on partnership pitfalls

Apex Business Advisors, a consulting firm that helps business owners with mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses, recently interviewed Spencer Fane Partner Dave Seitter about the leading causes of partnership disputes and how to avoid them.

Spencer Fane Garners Media Attention Following Win in Copyright Dispute

Spencer Fane was featured in the Kansas City Business Journal last week, following the announcement that Rightscorp, Inc. had dropped its appeal of a court decision in favor of the firm’s client, Birch Communications. Spencer Fane Partner Gardiner Davis served as lead defense counsel for Birch in the case, which was decided in May of this year by the U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

Spencer Fane Expands Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Tara A. Bailes to its Springfield office. Bailes will join the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group where she will focus her practice on litigating a variety of matters on behalf of clients across a wide range of industries, including commercial and construction matters.

‘Best Lawyers in America’ Recognizes 41 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 41 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 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.

Spencer Fane Presents 6th Annual ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast

Spencer Fane is proud to present the sixth annual Inspiration Breakfast benefiting ArtsKC Regional Art Council. The breakfast, led by ArtsKC Honorary Chair Bobby Epsten and Event Co-Chairs Brad Douglas and Arzie Umali, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Starlight Theatre Enclosed Stage.

Mike McCann Represents Firestone Walker in Brewery Deal with Duvel Moortgat

As featured in numerous local, national and industry media, California-based craft brewer Firestone Walker announced late last week that the company would merge with Belgian brewer and Boulevard Brewing Co. owner Duvel Moortgat. Spencer Fane Partner Mike McCann represented Firestone in the deal and previously represented Boulevard in their deal with Duvel in October 2013.

Satterwhite Recognized as ‘Trusted Adviser’ by Springfield Business Journal

Spencer Fane Partner Paul Satterwhite was honored this past week by the Springfield Business Journal as part of the publication’s annual “Trusted Adviser” awards. Satterwhite was one of three selected for recognition in the lawyers category, which recognizes the city’s top legal advisers and honors those individuals who have made their life’s work supporting fellow members of the business community by providing professional expertise and exceptional service.

Neuner Shares Insights on DOL Misclassification Guidance in Law360

Spencer Fane Partner Frank Neuner was quoted in Law360 this morning in an article covering the new guidance issued by the Department of Labor this week on how to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Spencer Fane Featured in Business Journal for Successful Defense in Class Actions

The Kansas City Business Journal reported on two rulings from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court this week, both of which featured a successful defense by Spencer Fane Partner Leslie Greathouse and Partner Loyd Gattis.

New Look, Same Values: Spencer Fane Launches New Brand Identity

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the launch of its new brand identity and website, which are a reflection of a series of conversations with, and feedback from, the firm’s key clients about the Spencer Fane culture and commitment to serving the business community.

Spencer Fane Growth and Success Recognized by St. Louis Business Journal

Spencer Fane was featured in last Friday’s print edition of the St. Louis Business Journal for the firm’s recent growth and unique business model, which has contributed to its success. The article, titled “Spencer Fane adds partners, boosts revenue to $57 million,” noted the firm’s 6.3 percent increase in revenue in 2014 and detailed how its structure has played a critical role in the health of the business.

The Wickford Group Chats with Spencer Fane’s Chairman, Pat Whalen, about the Firm’s Unrelenting Focus on Their Clients’ Interests

The Wickford Group, a leading consulting and training company serving law firms and in-house legal departments, selected Pat Whalen, Chairman of Spencer Fane, as its subject in the latest edition of Insights.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Sherry Dreisewerd to its Financial Services Group

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Sherry Dreisewerd has joined the firm in its St. Louis office as Partner in the Financial Services Group.

Rob Epstein Shares Legal Insights in Builder News

Spencer Fane Partner Rob Epstein was recently featured as a guest columnist in Builder News sharing his vast knowledge and insight on legal issues surrounding types of ownership in residential developments.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Rita D’Agostino to its Governmental Affairs and Real Estate Practice Groups

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Rita D’Agostino has joined the firm in its Kansas City office as Of Counsel in the Governmental Affairs and Real Estate practice groups.

Pat Whalen to Speak on Cybersecurity at Knowledge Group Event

Spencer Fane Chairman Pat Whalen was recently asked to speak on cybersecurity as part of The Knowledge Group’s Live Webcast Series.

Spencer Fane Successfully Defends the Interests of Birch Subscribers

Spencer Fane recently obtained a significant victory for the privacy interests of Birch Communications subscribers.  In a case interpreting the reach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the firm obtained an order quashing a private party’s subpoena for Birch’s customer records.

Blane Markley Initiated Into Ingram’s 2015 Class of 40 Under 40

Spencer Fane Partner Blane Markley was highlighted in this month’s issue of Ingram’s as a new member of the publication’s 2015 class of 40 under 40. The annual feature recognizes the 40 most accomplished individuals under the age of 40 in the Kansas City metropolitan area based on professional successes as well as community involvement.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Jane Dueker to Governmental Affairs Group

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Jane Dueker has joined the firm in its St. Louis office as Of Counsel in the Governmental Affairs practice group.

Spencer Fane Expands its Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group

Springfield, Missouri – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate to its Springfield office. Nicholas Irmen will join the firm’s Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group where he will aid clients in estate planning, business transactions, tax advice, trust and estate administration, and charitable planning.

Fano Shares Insight on Employer Background Checks in Law Week Colorado

Last week’s issue of Law Week Colorado featured Spencer Fane Partner Ron Fano in an article on the ever-increasing issue of compliance with Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations during employer background checks.

The Kansas City Star Spotlights Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program

Following last week’s announcement of Spencer Fane’s new charitable giving program, the firm was highlighted in The Kansas City Star for the program’s planned contributions to its inaugural recipient, the Kansas City Art Institute, as well as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council.

Spencer Fane Expands its Intellectual Property Practice Group

Kansas City, Missouri – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of an associate to its Kansas City office. Chinenye Okafor will join the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group where she will focus on patent and trademark acquisition as well as intellectual property litigation matters.

Willman Recognized as Baron of the Boardroom by KC Counselor

Spencer Fane Partner Sue Willman was featured in this month’s issue of KC Counselor as a recipient of the KCMBA’s prestigious Baron of the Boardroom award. This recognition is bestowed annually to Kansas City attorneys with distinguished careers in the area of corporate and business law. Willman’s nomination, submitted by fellow Spencer Fane Partner Nate Orr, outlined Willman’s rise to success both as a national expert in the field of preventative and proactive employment law and as a leader in the firm.

Spencer Fane Launches New Charitable Giving Program

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the launch of its new charitable giving program with the mission of renewing the firm’s commitment to the arts and innovation community while maximizing the impact of its annual giving. The program will pilot in the firm’s Kansas City offices and later debut in its Springfield, Mo., St. Louis, Mo., and Denver offices.

Spencer Fane Invests $5.5M on Downtown Kansas City Expansion

As reported by the Kansas City Business Journal, Spencer Fane is nearing completion of the $5.5 million renovation and expansion of its Kansas City headquarters located in the Commerce Bank building at 1000 Walnut St. Last April, the firm announced that it would recommit to its current office space, which resides in the heart of Downtown Kansas City, by signing a new 12-year lease.

Andrew Brought Shares His Insights on Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Property Transactions

Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was recently featured as a guest columnist on Midwest Real Estate News sharing his vast knowledge and insight on environmental site assessments. The article, titled “Top 10 things you need to know about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments,” outlines the role and common misconceptions of environmental site assessments in a property transaction.

Frank McNulty Featured in Law Week Colorado

Former Colorado State Representative, Speaker of the Colorado House and Spencer Fane attorney Frank McNulty was featured in a recent issue of Law Week Colorado in an article that detailed his journey from public office and part-time lawyer to full time private practice.

Whitney Appointed to Ozarks Regional YMCA Board of Directors

As reported by the Springfield News-Leader, Spencer Fane partner Shawn Whitney was appointed to the Ozarks Regional YMCA board of directors this past week. Whitney was one of four selected for the board and will play a pivotal role in the leadership and guidance of the organization as it continues to grow.

Epps Awarded Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Award

Spencer Fane partner Lisa Epps has received the Business Practitioner Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s annual Women’s Justice Awards. Epps was one of three selected for the honor, which is given to those who “demonstrate leadership, professionalism and a passion for improving the quality of the justice system or contributing to the betterment of the profession.”

Spencer Fane Adds to Litigation, Trust and Estate Planning Practices

Kansas City, Missouri – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to its Litigation and Trust and Estate Planning groups within its Kansas City office. Andrea Anderson and Erik Rome have joined the firm as associates in the Litigation Practice Group and the Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group, respectively.

Kron Reappointed to Downtown Colorado Inc. Board of Directors

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Partner Rick Kron has been reappointed to the 2015 Board of Directors for Downtown Colorado Inc. In this position, Kron uses his knowledge of and experience with municipalities and local government special districts to play a pivotal role in the leadership and guidance of the nonprofit organization. Kron is the longest continuously serving member of the DCI board.

Spencer Fane’s Upside-Down Leverage Model Featured for Being “Ahead of the Curve”

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently featured Spencer Fane in a Feb. 16, 2015, cover story that recognizes the firm for being “ahead of the curve” by adopting a leverage model that “goes against the traditional law firm business model.”

Spencer Fane Welcomes Mark Boatman to Business Transactions Group

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Boatman has joined the firm in its St. Louis office as Of Counsel in the Business Transactions Practice Group.

Spencer Fane Expands its Real Estate and Special Districts Group

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP continues to grow its Real Estate and Special Districts practice group by adding an experienced attorney to its Colorado Springs office. The firm announced this week that Pat Hrbacek will join the group as Special Districts of counsel in that office.

Solverud Recognized as Top Attorney by St. Louis Small Business Monthly

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Partner and Co-practice Group Leader of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Erik Solverud, was selected as one of the 2015 Top St. Louis Small Business Lawyers featured in this month’s issue of St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Solverud was one of 12 selected for the honor among more than 250 nominations from the publication’s readers.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Pat Whalen Law Firm Leader of the Year

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has selected Spencer Fane Chair Pat Whalen as a Law Firm Leader of the Year for his successful leadership and growth of the firm into new markets.

Spencer Fane Expands Health Care, Real Estate and Municipal Practices

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of five attorneys to its Municipal, Health Care and Real Estate groups.

Pearlman Among Top Lawyers Featured in 5280 Magazine

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Partner Philip Pearlman has been named to 5280 magazine’s first-ever Top Lawyers of 2015, recognizing the “city’s best counselors” in 46 different practice areas throughout the Denver metropolitan area.

McCann’s Brewery Work Featured in Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Business Journal featured Spencer Fane Partner Michael McCann in a Dec. 31, 2014, article discussing his recent experience in putting together two major transactions for Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing and Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrell Brewing.

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Blane Markley, Dick Mersman, and Sue Willman have been elected to the Firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2015.

Blane Markley joined Spencer Fane as an Of Counsel in 2012 as a member of its Health Care team. Blane’s practice focuses on assisting hospitals, mental health facilities, physician practices, physicians and other of health care providers with a broad range of issues affecting the health care industry including health care reform, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, hospital-physician relationships, contracts, medical staff, licensure, and accreditation. He has negotiated numerous complex transactions with an overlay of health care regulatory requirements. Blane has extensive experience in representing health care providers in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Blane has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2012-2014.

Richard (Dick) Mersman joined Spencer Fane as an Of Counsel in 2013 and is a member of the firm’s Project Solutions and Real Estate Development group. Dick’s real estate practice includes the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, construction, and management of commercial, retail, residential, industrial, and hotel developments, as well as the organization of the ownership entities for such developments, land use law, public subsidies, public/private partnerships (P3’s), and other real estate development and financing matters.

Sue Willman joined Spencer Fane as an Of Counsel in 1997 and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. She has more than 35 years of combined experience as an employment lawyer and as a human resources professional. Sue represents management exclusively on workplace legal issues. Her practice is focused on assisting employers in preventing employment claims and in developing strategies for a sound defense position should a claim be filed. Sue is considered a leading national expert on the FMLA and ADA and has testified before Congress and the Department of Labor several times. She is also a certified SPHR and holds the distinction of being named one of the “Best Lawyers,” “SuperLawyers,” “Leading Lawyers, and “Preeminent Women Lawyers” in the practice of employment law. Sue is also a frequent presenter at national, regional and local SHRM and other HR conferences.

Jaclyn Maloney Joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane welcomes Jaclyn Maloney as an Of Counsel in the firm’s Kansas City, MO Real Estate Solutions Group.

Peter Hartweger Named President of Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation

Earlier this month, Peter Hartweger was appointed as President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF).

Employee Benefits Practice Group Attorneys Spoke at FEI

Gregory Ash and Chadron Patton both Spencer Fane attorneys in the Employee Benefits practice group, spoke at the Financial Executives International (FEI) “Fall Feast” Professional Development Day on Nov. 17, 2014. Ash presented “How Employee Financial Wellness Impacts the Bottom Line.” Patton discussed “Health and Welfare Plan Update for Employers.”

Spencer Fane Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2014 Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska Super Lawyers®

Spencer Fane congratulates 44 of our attorneys selected for inclusion in 2014 Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska Super Lawyers®. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Attorneys are selected for inclusion by their peers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

IWIRC, TMA and Central Exchange Lunch and Learn

IWIRC Midwest Network members Lisa Epps and Michelle Suter were part of a panel presentation that took place on November 4.

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Celebrates Female Judges

The IWIRC Midwest Network hosted a dinner to celebrate several female judges at Lidia’s Restaurant in Kansas City.

Elizabeth Wente Joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane welcomes Elizabeth Wente as an Associate in the firm’s Springfield, MO Labor & Employment practice group.

Spencer Fane Adds Three New Attorneys to its Midwest Office

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of three new attorneys. Joining the Springfield office are Wade Early in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and Paul Satterwhite joins our Labor and Employment Group. Carl Desenberg is joining our St. Louis office and will be a part of the Real Estate Group.

Kansas City Business Journal lists Four Spencer Fane attorneys in Best of the Bar 2014.

The Kansas City Business Journal announced its 2014 Best of the Bar and four Spencer Fane attorneys were among the honorees.

Brian Peterson interviewed as expert in Labor Law.


Brian Peterson interviewed as expert in Labor Law.

Peter and Molly Hartweger co-chair Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Liberty & Justice Gala

Peter and Molly Hartweger co-chair Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Liberty & Justice Gala

Spencer Fane Adds Four New Attorneys to its Midwest Offices

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of four new associates. Joining the Kansas City office are Aaron Prenger and Christopher Suenram. Prenger is joining the firm’s Financial Services group and Suenram will be a part of Spencer Fane’s Public and Business Finance group. Jonathan Gray is joining our Denver office and will be a part of the Municipalities and Local Government group. Joining our St. Louis office is Art Gregg, a litigation associate in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

 

Spencer Fane Adds New Health Care Attorney to its Overland Park Office

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is expanding its Overland Park office by adding a new attorney. Tina Boschert will join the firm’s growing health care practice group.

2015 Best Lawyers in America© lists 37 Spencer Fane attorneys

Earlier today, the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America© list was published and named 37 Spencer Fane attorneys. Four of these attorneys were also listed as Lawyers of the Year, an honor given to a single outstanding attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.

Spencer Fane Adds Two New Attorneys to its Springfield Office

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is expanding its Springfield office by adding two attorneys. Jon Cline and Kevin Hoffmeyer will join the firm’s growing real estate practice group.  

Mike Hockley Participates in “The Military Factor: Economic Might, Talented Workers” Forum

Mike Hockley, a Spencer Fane partner, participated in Ingram’s industry outlook roundtable discussion on July 9, 2014. The discussion’s focus: “The Military Factor: Economic Might, Talented Workers.” It included men who have served in the military and are now executives in Kansas City businesses.

Spencer Fane and Sue Willman Recognized Nationally by the Business Leadership Network

The Business Leadership Network of Greater Kansas City (BLN-GKC) was recently recognized as the July 2014 Spotlighted Affiliate by the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN). Specially showcased was Spencer Fane’s employment law attorney, Sue Willman.

Gary Powell Named as One of 2014 Men of the Year in Springfield

Spencer Fane is proud to announce that Gary Powell, a Partner in our Springfield office, has been named one of Springfield Business Journal’s Men of the Year for 2014.

Mike Hockley has been awarded the Overland Park Rotary’s Highest Honor

Spencer Fane is proud to announce that Mike Hockley, a Partner in our Kansas City office, has been awarded the Overland Park Rotary’s highest honor, The Ben Craig Distinguished Service Award.

Spencer Fane expands and opens two new offices in Springfield, Missouri, and Colorado Springs, Colorado

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP has joined forces with attorneys in Springfield, Missouri, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, expanding the law firm to those cities and growing the firm throughout its four home states.

Artists Take Flight 2014

Be sure to add The Roasterie to your May 2nd First Friday gallery list! Over 200 pieces of Crossroads Academy original student art will be displayed at this unique First Friday event in The Roasterie’s Cafe and Bean Hanger.

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