Adams and Reese LLP
Mark Spansel joined Adams and Reese in 1978 and is a Partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. He has held numerous leadership positions within the firm including serving four terms as a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Practice Team Leader, member of the Strategic Planning Committee and member of the Expansion Committee.
Mark also has formerly chaired the Strategic Planning Committees for the New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Houston and Birmingham offices. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Mark established the New Orleans/Baton Rouge Business Team and served as its first Chairman.
As a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, Mark concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental and toxic tort litigation, energy and maritime litigation, commercial litigation and complex litigation. By applying the highest analytical skills to determine the best strategic position, and using his sophisticated trial and negotiation skills, Mark is able to deliver the best outcome for his clients.
His other significant contributions include:
In the community, Mark serves on the Executive Committee of Greater New Orleans Inc. and is involved in the Super-Region Committee, a collaborative effort between Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber to focus on beneficial economic outcomes for Southeast Louisiana. He has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce and was the Chamber’s General Counsel. He is also a member of the Jefferson Business Council.
He formerly served as the Co-Chair of the Christian Brothers School’s Capital Campaign and was the Chairman of the 2010 Archbishop’s Community Appeal.
Mark was born in New Orleans on December 17, 1955. He attended Jesuit High School (1973); Tulane University; and received his J.D. from Tulane University in 1978. He and his wife Joy have been married since 1976, and have four children - Laura, Shelly, Erik and Brett. Mark enjoys being with his family, following the interests and activities of his children, doing charitable and community work and playing golf.
Among the people Mark most admires is Johnny Unitas because “he was a simple man with average talent who overachieved and attained greatness as a professional quarterback.” He believes the Unitas motto can be applied in most aspects of life: “Talk is cheap, just play the game.”