• Richard DeWitte Sparkman has been in the private practice of law since 1979. His practice is limited to the United State Bankruptcy Court and appeals therefrom.

  • He practices both consumer and business bankruptcy law, and was board certified as a bankruptcy law specialist by the N.C. State Bar in the charter class of 1987, and was nationally certified as a business bankruptcy law specialist in 1994 by the American Board of Certification. Mr. Sparkman has also served as a Mediator for over 10 years, and was designated a NCDRC Certified Mediator - Superior Court in 2011.

  • Mr. Sparkman is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.

  • He was named 2014 Best Raleigh, NC Bankruptcy Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America and is included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America; the 2017 edition of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite; the 2013 Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers; 2013 Charlotte Magazine NC Top 100 Lawyers; 2018 U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms in America; Thomson Reuters 2018 Super Lawyers, Business Edition; the 2017 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys; and the 2017 National Law Journal Elite Lawyers of the South.

  • Mr. Sparkman has received the highest rating of AV® Preeminent© from Martindale-Hubbell.

  • He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and was Chief Clerk to the Honorable Rufus W. Reynolds, Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1975-1977.

  • He previously served as Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Winston-Salem Division, Middle District of NC, and has been involved in thousands of bankruptcy cases since coming to the Eastern District of NC in 1979.

  • Mr. Sparkman regularly represents Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 debtors, creditors, and serves as a Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 bankruptcy trustee.

  • He is past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section for the North Carolina Bar Association; past member of the Bankruptcy Specialization Examination Committee; and the editorial staff of the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Practice manual.

  • He is a frequent lecturer at the NCBA Annual Bankruptcy Institute; Basic Bankruptcy Institute; and the Eastern Bankruptcy Law Institute.

  • He is author of "A Comprehensive Look at North Carolina Exemption Issues" and "I Don't Even Know How To Spell Bankrutpcy" published by the North Carolina Bar Association.

  • Mr. Sparkman is also a musician and entertainer, including performances during various Bar functions, at such places as the Grove Park Inn in Asheville; The Pinehurst Hotel, in Pinehurst; the Beach Cove Resort in Myrtle Beach, and The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV.

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In addition to representing creditors and trustees, this law firm is a debt relief agency, proudly helping people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code since 1979.

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