Allen Sparkman practices law in Denver and Houston as a partner of Sparkman + Foote LLP. Mr.Sparkman’s practice includes the areas of business transactions, securities, tax, and professional responsibility.
Mr. Sparkman’s work includes tax-planning and the preparation of securities disclosure documents for start-up companies in a variety of fields, including domestic and offshore oil and gas exploration, foreign mining operations, real estate, and comic book certification. Mr. Sparkman also regularly prepares LLC and partnership documents, and represents buyers and sellers of businesses, including preparing or reviewing all necessary legal documents.
Mr. Sparkman currently serves as outside general counsel to a publically traded storage facility company, a world-wide oil field services company, and a private off shore drilling company. Mr. Sparkman began practicing law in Dallas, Texas in 1973 and moved to Denver in 1984. In 2008, an opportunity presented itself that resulted in Mr. Sparkman opening an office of his firm in Houston, Texas, where he now spends a substantial portion of his time.
Mr. Sparkman earned an A. B. degree in American History from Princeton University in 1968. Mr. Sparkman received a J. D. degree with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973. While in law school, Mr. Sparkman was a Vice-Chancellor, member of the law review, and served as a teaching assistant in legal research and writing and appellate advocacy and brief writing. In 2015, Mr. Sparkman received a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Mr. Sparkman is listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® for both Colorado and Texas and speaks regularly at continuing legal education seminars in Colorado, Texas, and nationally on entity selection, fiduciary duties and governance, mergers and conversion, veil piercing, ethics, series LLCs, and tax planning.
Mr. Sparkman has presented more than 100 papers at continuing education programs for the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, the State Bar of Texas, the University of Texas School of Law, the Professional Education Broadcast Network, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Business Instituted, and other continuing education providers.
Mr. Sparkman has served several times as an expert witness in Colorado, Texas, and California in cases involving duties of directors, director deadlock, duties of managers, duties of partners, construction of operating agreements, construction of partnership agreements, construction of contracts, veil piercing, and attorney malpractice. Mr. Sparkman has been qualified as an expert witness in the District Court for Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Sparkman is a member of the American, Colorado, and Houston Bar Associations, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the Center for Professional Responsibility, and the Association of Professional
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