The Sparks Law Firm, P.C. was established in 1972, representing clients in a wide range of legal matters in natural resources cases, Indian law, International law, environmental law, water law, and voter rights. Attorney Joe. P. Sparks is an environmental and natural resources attorney. Mr. Sparks has been practicing law since 1969. He is admitted to practice by the Arizona State Bar, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Claims Court and U.S. Supreme Court. As an advocate for civil rights he has represented clients in many pro bono cases and has won most voters’ rights and water rights cases in the Southwest. In 1970 he was appointed by President Nixon to the National Advisory Environmental Control Council. He drafted legislation which established the Environmental Protection Agency. As an environmentalist he has continued to fight for clean air and water nationally and internationally. As a pro bono advocate and general counsel for the Tonto Apaches he won their Federal Recognition as an Indian Tribe in 1972; the first such recognition since the 1934 Federal Indian Reorganization Act. Mr. Sparks contributed his legal expertise in Indian Law to help form the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and has represented it’s 22 member tribes as general counsel, pro bono, for 40 years. He is responsible for the return of 280,000 acres to the Havasupai Tribe which is the largest land return in U.S. history as well as the return of 356,000 acres to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and 6,000 to the Cocopah Tribe. Mr. Sparks continues to work as a trial and appellate lawyer today and has been recognized statewide, nationally and internationally.
Mr. Sparks received his B.S. from Arizona State University, where he did a 4 year research study supervised by Dr. John Klock: biological systems of waste water reclamation and his J.D. from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the University Law Review, and contributed to an article to the Indian Law Reiew Symposium. Mr. Sparks is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Sparks is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, 1971-Present; Martindale-Hubble’s Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Best Attorneys of North America 2016-2020; recognized as 2020 Attorney of the Year by Business Leaders & Professionals Top 100 Registry; Leading Lawyer Association 2020-2021; Made Honorary Life Time Member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in 2020.
Mr. Sparks is happily married to his wife Pamela and they have three children: Joshua, Logan and Ashley.
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