Richard D. Sparkman & Associates PA | Angier
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68; born in Charleston, S.C.; bachelor’s from Mars Hill College and law degree from Wake Forest University; married with a daughter.
Most memorable case
I was trustee for the Royal Villa Raleigh Hotel, a very large convention hotel. When it shut down, management threw a staff pool party and then fled like roaches when the lights came on, leaving hundreds of banquet tables full of rotting food; moldy desserts on carts shoved into closets; freezers full of food with no power; and filthy sheets on beds in hundreds of rooms. My small law office staff and I spent nights and weekends for a month or two cleaning up the hotel. … I expected a little kid on a tricycle chanting “Redrum” to come peddling around the corner at any moment. We eventually sold the hotel to a megachurch for its full appraised value.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
A full-time student. The syllabus doesn’t matter. I just love to learn — anything! Quarks and leptons today, bricklaying tomorrow.
Historic downtown Charleston, S.C. — my hometown. You could spend a month there and still not take in all it has to offer.
Piddling around on my piano and guitars and reading anything I can get my hands on.
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