Spencer Fane LLP

Spencer Fane LLP

4 Star Rating     2 reviews

Main Office:

1000 Walnut Street, Suite 1400 | Kansas City | MO | 64106

Phone: 816-474-8100 | Fax: 816-474-3216

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Year of establishment 1879 Number of partners 134
Number of offices 12 Partner to associate ratio 2.70
Biggest office Kansas City Percentage of women attorneys 18.60
Number of attorneys 243 Percentage of minority attorneys 3.50
Number of associates 49 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.90
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Spencer Fane LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on January 22, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Keep up the good work

Pros: Good culture, good work

Cons: Low pay, not a top ranked firm, location

Partners to Avoid and Why: N/A

Favorite Things About this Firm: summer program

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on July 21, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Keep paying at the top of the market and the talent will keep coming. Competitive pay is a great way to attract top tier lawyers to the firm.

Pros: Associates at this firm are compensated very well for their efforts, and there is plenty of opportunity for advancement for those who want it.

Cons: As is often the case, along with great pay comes great effort. Associates in this firm work very hard and there are a lot of very late nights.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


At Spencer Fane, we take pride in our ability to work in partnership with our clients to achieve their goals. Our client engagement philosophy highlights three critical steps: We identify achievable goals. We work to find the best strategy for achieving those goals. We implement powerful legal strategy in a skillful, aggressive and cost-effective manner. We believe our success is measured by our results.

Practice Areas

Spencer Fane LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust & Unfair Competition
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Brownfields & Contaminated Properties
  • Class Actions & Other Multi Party Actions
  • Climate Change And Sustainability Initiative
  • Commercial Lending
  • Construction
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Criminal Defense
  • Development Finance
  • Education
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Litigation
  • Entertainment
  • Licensing & Copyrights
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Cleanups
  • Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Defense
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Financial Services
  • Franchise & Distribution
  • Human Resource Counseling & Training
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intercollegiate Sports
  • International
  • Internet Technology
  • Software
  • Labor
  • Litigation And Trial Practice
  • Local Government
  • Land Development Regulation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non Competes & Trade Secrets
  • Patent & Trademark Acquisition
  • Privately Held Businesses
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Products Liability & Toxic Torts
  • Public & Business Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Securities Regulation & Compliance
  • Special Education
  • State & Federal Tax Credit Financing
  • Tax & Estate Planning
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Tax Increment Financing & Incentives
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Controversies
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Zoning & Development Entitlements

Hiring Criteria

Spencer Fane LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We look to hire the best attorneys to practice with our Firm and to further our mission to provide extraordinary service and value to our clients.

Pro bono

Spencer Fane does not report any information regarding its pro bono activities.

Spencer Fane LLP Awards and Recognitions

Hartweger Receives the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation 2011 President's Award

J. Nick Badgerow Receives the 2011 Robert L. Gernon Award

Kate Whitby among Missouri Lawyers Weekly 13th Annual Women's Justice Awards Honorees

McNeish Earns American Planning Association Colorado Chapter President's Award

Mike Hockley to Receive Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award

Tom Grimshaw Receives Special District Association Lifetime Achievement Award


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Summer associate program

Spencer Fane is committed to deliberate and careful growth, as is reflected by our small summer associate classes. The small class size allows our summer associates to take on substantial responsibilities right away, work with partners directly and informally, and enjoy the satisfaction of meaningful client contact at an early stage in their development. In addition to extensive practical experience, our summer associates enjoy opportunities to interact with our attorneys in social settings, as we believe it's important to foster real relationships among our lawyers.

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