Allen Sparkman

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 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 oil and gas company, a world-wide oil field services company, and a private offshore 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.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 Institute, and other continuing education providers.


  • domestic and international business transactions
  • business entity selection and organization
  • debt and private equity financing
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • executive compensation
  • federal and state taxation of above areas
  • corporate, llc and partnership law and governance
  • nonprofit corporation formation, operations and governance
  • general business law
  • legal ethics and lawyers professional responsibility


  • J.D., with high honors, University of Texas School of Law
  • A.B., Princeton University


  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court


  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section (Corporate Governance Committee, LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee; Middle Market and Small Business Committee; Nonprofit Committee; Professional Responsibility Committee; Center for Professional Responsibility)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Ag & Rural Law Section (past Chair); Business Law Section (past Chair); Ethics Committee 2005 – present); Health Law Section (past Chair); Tax Section; Colorado Bar Foundation)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics

Contact Allen Sparkman

Sparkman Foote LLP
1616 17th Street
Suite 564
Denver, Colorado  80202
Phone: (303) 396-0230
Cell Phone: (303) 748-8173
Fax: (303) 500-6894


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado
  • Texas

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