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Spencer Fane LLP Expands into Dallas Market

Three Attorneys Join Firm’s IP, Financial Services and Litigation Teams

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.

“We have been pleased that many of our clients are experiencing dramatic growth in their Dallas/Fort Worth operations,” Spencer Fane Chair Pat Whalen said. “Our decision to expand into Dallas is intended to support their success as we are committed to serving their needs with an on-the-ground presence in the same markets where they do business.”

“As an extension of our firm’s business philosophy, our strategic growth plans align with serving the best interests of our clients – and we’ve been fortunate to have them call upon us to represent them in these communities,” Whalen added. Spencer Fane has also recently entered the Oklahoma City, Okla., market and, in recent years, expanded into Denver, Colo., Omaha, Neb., and Springfield, Mo.

  • Charissa Sloan Dvorak is a graduate of Baylor University Law School and a former Texas prosecutor who has successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. Charissa has served as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Law, Procedure, Homeland Security, and Ethical and Legal Aspects of Management. Charissa regularly leads high-profile, independent, internal investigations of – and responses to – misconduct and abuse allegations.  
  • Jaspal Hare is an intellectual property attorney who assists clients in patent prosecution, licensing, and portfolio vetting. He has represented clients in district court patent cases, licensing disputes, and International Trade Commission actions. Jaspal was a member at Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. and previously served as a managing associate at Dentons. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University. His experience extends to include technologies such as semiconductor manufacturing and design, cellular telephony, GPS, speech and video coding, encryption, Voice Over Internet Protocol and wireless LANs.  
  • Jacob Sparks is a state and federal court litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and bankruptcy negotiations and litigations. His experience spans various economic sectors and industries, including energy, finance, real estate, insurance and technology. Jacob received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law.

“Our Dallas attorneys all share our commitment to client service and each brings extraordinary experience in their respective areas of focus,” Whalen said. “We’re excited to have them join our firm as we work together to serve clients of the firm.”