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Insurer’s Broad Duty to Defend in Oregon, and the Recent Ruling in State of Oregon v. Pacific Indemnity Company

Oregon law mandates a broad duty to defend, requiring insurers to provide legal representation to their policyholders whenever there is a potential for coverage under ...
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Construction Contracts and The Uniform Commercial Code: When Does it Apply and Understanding the Pre-Dominant Factor Test

The Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) replaces the common law in many commercial transactions, providing provisions and a framework governing the conduct of business.  The UCC ...
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Keith D. Sparks is a recent addition to Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC.  Mr. Sparks has significant experience as a litigation attorney in Chicago representing Workers’ Compensation claims and other related matters.  For the last 9 years, Mr. Sparks represented clients at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and at the Circuit Court.  He successfully resolved most of his claims through settlement agreements to his client’s benefit.  However, when required, he frequently presented matters to trial and obtained decisions in his client’s favor and sustaining those decisions on numerous appeals. 


As a result of his success and litigation expertise in Workers’ Compensation, Mr. Sparks has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® magazine for the last 5 years (2018-2022), an award limited to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois under the age of 40.


Mr. Sparks attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he was a member of the school’s varsity football team under the legendary Frosty Westering.  He also participated on PLU’s Track and Field team.  He enjoys rooting all of the Seattle sports teams (Go Hawks!), camping, and enjoying all the great Seattle restaurants.

  • J.D., DePaul College of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Pacific Lutheran University, 2008
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