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John R. Sparks, Jr.

John R. Sparks, Jr.

Contact Info

P 267.570.3189
F 215.987.2269
jsparks@fhmslaw.com

Philadelphia Office
2000 Market Street, Suite 550
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law 1980
  • Villanova University  1974, B.A. English, cum laude

Bar Memberships

  • Pennsylvania 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

  • Claims Litigation Management
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association, Section of Tort and Insurance
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Client Service Awards

  • 2015 Blue Ocean Think Tank Award in recognition of continued Dedication to Value Innovation and Strategic Partnership
  • 2013 Blue Ocean Award in Recognition of Value Innovation and Strategic Partnership

John R. Sparks, Jr. is Of Counsel with the firm. His roles include the management and oversight of the firms quality programs, training of the firm’s associates and business development.

Mr. Sparks speaks nationally on issues concerning litigation management and the “New Normal” in file handling. He is a member of a national think tank dealing with case resolution strategies and the application of project management and process improvement concepts to law firm case resolution strategies.  He has been quoted on numerous occasions in legal publications regrading law firm management issues.

Mr. Sparks oversees a broad range of activities related to the firms quality programs. He collects and analyzes data from closed files to assure that the firm maintains an aggressive posture directed at minimizing the total case cost to the client. He regularly meets with file handlers and reviews cases at pre-determined intervals, emphasizing the need to establish and follow an aggressive and case specific litigation plan. He reviews the Firm’s bills for compliance with company and firm guidelines and to assure that each entry adds value to the file. He meets with our clients to review closed file data and discuss firm performance. Mr. Sparks also serves as a resource for all firm lawyers on issues such as resolution strategies, trial tactics and cost efficient file management.

Mr. Sparks spent the first 33 years of his legal career with Post & Schell. He tried over 70 cases to verdict, primarily on behalf of medical malpractice defendants. Many of the cases involved catastrophic injuries He also tried a number of significant casualty cases during his career. Mr. Sparks served in a number of management positions with Post & Schell during his tenure. He served as the first managing partner of the Firm’s Lancaster office and also served as the co-managing partner of Post & Schell. His last role was as Quality Assurance Officer, where he worked closely on the Firm’s overall quality programs. His work included development of Department based Best Practices, development of “Total Case Cost” metrics for Firm and client use and oversight of the Firm’s billing compliance program.

Mr. Sparks is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sports Law and has spoken nationally on medical negligence and risk avoidance in school sports programs.  He is a former winner of The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Short Story Fiction Writing contest.

Mr. Sparks’ Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV, the highest rating given by the organization.