John H. Sparks

John H. Sparks

Location:
Norman, Oklahoma
Phone:
(405) 701-1863
Fax:
405-310-5394
Email:

John Sparks’ varied legal background involves commercial and health care litigation, including construction litigation, medical malpractice and drug and medical device litigation, as well as insurance and insurance bad faith, employment, oil and gas and real estate matters. He is admitted to practice before all Oklahoma State and Federal District Courts, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia, as well as the Courts of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

John currently serves in the Oklahoma Senate where he has Co-Chaired the Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee. He has also been a member of the Senate Committees on Education, Finance, the Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Education, Military & Veterans Affairs, Redistricting, Select Committee on Pensions, the Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations, and the Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law, a special legislative committee which will study how the Federal Affordable Care Act affects Oklahoma.

Before forming this firm, John was a principal at Corner Post Management & Consulting, LLC. He worked with entities which provided specialized Medicaid and Medicare services, as well as advised individuals, employers, health plans and health providers on current policy trends and issues related to the development of increased quality of health care and payment systems.

Prior to that time, John was with the law firms of Crowe & Dunlevy and Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom. The majority of his practice at these firms focused on commercial, insurance and health care litigation representing construction companies and construction bonding entities in various types of contractual disputes, insurance companies, their insured parties, health care providers, professional liability, regulatory, insurance bad faith litigation, licensure proceedings, medical malpractice and credentialing.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, John was a member of the American Indian Law Review. In 1991, he earned an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, where he was an All-Ivy Defensive Tackle. During college, John worked for then U.S. Senator David L. Boren and for the National Indian Gaming Commission. Upon graduation from law school, he served on the staff of Congressman Bill K. Brewster, working on legislative issues such as energy, agriculture, Native American affairs, the environment and international trade.

John is a Past-President of the Cleveland County Bar Association, Past-Chairman of the Cleveland County Workforce Investment Board and has served on the boards of Thunderbird Clubhouse and Health for Friends. He is an active member of the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Sooner Rotary Club, Norman Business Association and the United Way of Norman. He is also a graduate and former Co-Chair of Leadership Norman and is a charter member of the Sooner Centurions Committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce.

John, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, is originally from Sulphur, where he continues to be actively involved in his family’s ranch. He and his wife, Elizabeth Sneed Sparks, have two young sons.

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • District of Columbia
  • Cherokee Nation Tribal Court
  • Supreme Court for the Chickasaw Nation

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Law Review: American Indian Law Review, Member
  • Harvard College
    • A.B. in Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee, Co-Chair
  • Senate Committees on Education, Finance, the Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Education, Military & Veterans Affairs, Redistricting, Select Committee on Pensions, Member
  • Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations, Member
  • Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law, Member
  • Cleveland County Bar Association, Past-President
  • Cleveland County Workforce Investment Board, Past-Chairman
  • Served on the boards of Thunderbird Clubhouse and Health for Friends
  • McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, Member
  • Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Member
  • Sooner Rotary Club, Member
  • Norman Business Association, Member
  • United Way of Norman, Member
  • Leadership Norman, Graduate and former Co-Chair
  • Sooner Centurions Committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Charter Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Corner Post Management & Consulting, LLC, Principal
  • Crowe & Dunlevy
  • Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom
  • Congressman Bill K. Brewster, Legislative Assistant