Alan W. Sparer

Alan W. Sparer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Sparer Law Group
 | 100 Pine Street, 33rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-217-7300
Fax: 415-217-7307
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (50%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Sparer Law Group (SLG) built its reputation advising and representing investors, institutions, and financial professionals in complex securities matters. Founded in 2003 by Alan Sparer after 20 years with a large San Francisco law firm, SLG’s four lawyers have a combined 70-plus years of litigation experience and have assisted clients in recovering over $150 million in lost or illiquid investments. SLG also has a highly successful securities regulatory practice representing investment advisors and investment funds facing adverse action from the SEC, FINRA, and California's regulators. SLG counsels and represents its clients in high stakes trust and probate litigation, family office litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, and trade secret, professional liability, and health care matters.

About Alan Sparer

Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble for 20 years., AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 1998

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • AV Preeiminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubble.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 1976.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, “Batson and the Discriminatory Use of Peremptory Challenges” and “Change of Venue” in Bonora & Krauss: Jurywork: Systematic Techniques (Clark Boardman), 1983


  • Class Action Settlement: (USDC Colorado via MDL from California)  $50.75 million class action recovery of investor losses in the Oppenheimer California Municipal Fund arising from misrepresentations and omissions in the Funds offering documents.  Confidential Settlement: (JAMS) Recovery of $1.42 million arising from family office breach of fiduciary duty. Confidential Settlement:  (Arbitration)  Recovery in excess of $20 million of funds frozen in auction rate securities. Settlement (USDC, Northern District of California): $5.5 million class action recovery of investor losses due to undisclosed compounding error inherent in “inverse” mutual fund.  Arbitration Award (JAMS) Award upholding real estate investment partnerships valued in excess of $5.5 million. Settlement (San Francisco Superior Court:  Successful Representation of City College of San Francisco against CEQA and contract injunctive challenges to construction of Chinatown/North Beach Campus.  Confidential Settlement (U.S. District Court): $1.575 million recovery against financial institution for improperly restricting assets in customer account.  Switzer & Sons, L.P. et al. v. Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. et al. Consolidated (NASD Arbitration): $5.8 million arbitration award against brokerage arm of Deutsche Bank in connection with over-concentration of high net worth investors in alternative investment products (collateralized debt funds, etc.).  Confidential Settlement (NASD Arbitration): $1.75 million settlement in coordinated cases arising from failure to supervise and discover fraudulent practices of independent investment advisor.  Confidential Settlement (NASD Arbitration): $1.65 million recovery in consolidated case of company founders and investors against major brokerage firm for failure to hedge or enter into derivatives transactions.  Confidential Settlement (NASD Arbitration):  $8.5 million recovery in consolidated case of company founders and investors against major brokerage firm for failure to hedge or enter into derivatives transactions.  Confidential Settlement (Superior Court): $15 million recovery in coordinated actions against major financial services institution by high net worth, public company founders arising from failure to diversify or hedge concentrated position in Rule 144 stock. 

Educational Background:

  •           Stanford Law School, J.D. 1982.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 1976.  St. Johns College, Oxford University, Kellett Fellow, 1969-71.  Columbia College of Columbia University, B.A. 1965.

Industry Groups

  • Mutual Funds
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Office Location for Alan W. Sparer

100 Pine Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Last Updated: 2/7/2020

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