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. 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 part of the University Law Review, including 1968 Indian Law Symposium. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association. As 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 Southeast.
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 contributes 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 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. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubble, 1971-Present; Martindale-Hubble’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Best Attorneys of America, 2016-2017.
Mr. Sparks is happily married to his wife Pamela and they have three children: Joshua, Logan and Ashley.
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