Chair, Spencer Fane LLP 

Patrick Whalen became Chair of Spencer Fane in 2013, and has led it to become one of the fastest growing AmLaw 200 firms in the country. In 2020, he led the firm to join the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance and implemented unconscious bias training for all employees. Patrick also serves on the Board of Directors of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the Advisory Committee of the Managing Partner Institute.

Other diversity efforts at Spencer Fane include a diversity committee, a women's affinity group, mentorship, and participation in external diversity organizations. 

Joined LCLD 2021


Highlights of LCLD Participation 


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2021: Linda Jane Knight 


Member: Patrick Whalen

Diversity Professional: Elizabeth Wente

Communications: Kelsey Floyd