Daniel D. Sparks
Daniel D. Sparks

Julie Guier


  • University of Georgia, 1981, B.A. (Order of Omega; Gridiron Secret Society)
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University , 1985, J.D. (National Mock Trial Team; National Mock Trial Competition, Finalist)
  • Dan Sparks is head of Christian & Small’s Creditor & Lender Rights Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and business litigation involving creditors’ rights, consumer finance, lender liability, commercial contracts, and injunctive relief. Dan represents commercial lenders, debt buyers, corporations, Trustees, individuals and other secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of commercial litigation, loan workouts, restructurings and closings, asset recovery, foreclosure, and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

    He spends a significant amount of his time representing creditors in all bankruptcy courts in Alabama and the Southeast. Among his extensive list of clients are several financial institutions, including Alamerica Bank, Aliant Bank, Bank of Tuscaloosa, Coastal Bank, First Commercial Bank, Commercial Bank and Trust, First Partners Bank, Oakworth Capital Bank, Regions Bank, and Synovus Bank.


    Best Lawyers Award Badge

    Professional and Community Involvement
    • Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute: Director, 2016 – Present
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • American Bar Association
    • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
    • Alabama State Bar
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Birmingham Bar Association
    • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
    Awards and Recognition
    • Recognized in Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Alabama
    • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights; Insolvency and Reorganization law; Commercial litigation; Bankruptcy litigation; and Banking & Finance Litigation
    • Selected by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 as “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law
    • Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers® Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama
    • Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers® in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
    • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*
    • Listed as “Top Attorney” in fields of banking and bankruptcy for Birmingham Magazine
    • Listed as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Best of the Birmingham Bar”
    *AV® Preeminent and BV® Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
    • Presenter, Issues Surrounding Assumption and Rejection of Leases in Bankruptcy, Birmingham Bar Association CLE (August 2017)
    • Presenter, Discharge of Environmental Claims in Bankruptcy, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges – 2016 NCBJ Conference (October 2016)
    • Author, Birmingham Bankruptcy Trends, Christian & Small Nonstop Insights Blog (March 2014)
  • Georgia, 1985
  • Alabama, 1986
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Georgia State Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Civil Appeals