Mr. Sparkes, a partner in the Boston office of K&L Gates, has extensive experience litigating complex civil and commercial matters, with a focus on defending class actions in federal and state courts. Mr. Sparkes is a member of the firm’s Financial Institution and Services Litigation, Class Action Litigation Defense, and Appellate practice groups. He regularly represents banking, mortgage lending, mortgage servicing, and other consumer financial services institutions, as well as all manner of business entities in consumer class actions, individual litigation matters, and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Missouri, Michigan, Connecticut, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, and Illinois. These actions frequently involve challenges under federal statutes, including the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as state unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes, and common law claims. Mr. Sparkes also advises consumer financial services entities and other businesses in navigating complex regulatory and compliance issues.
Mr. Sparkes has additional experience representing a variety of corporate and individual clients in contract, tort, products liability, intellectual property, trade secret, consumer protection, and other general business litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters.
Mr. Sparkes has participated in jury and bench trials in cases in state and federal court, has appeared before courts in a variety of proceedings, and has also represented clients in settlement negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations.
Mr. Sparkes has co-authored multiple chapters of the K&L Gates’ treatise entitled Defense of Class Action Litigation in Federal Courts, including chapters on “Class Certification” and “Alternative Dispute Resolution.”