Orren S. Adams


Spencer Fane LLP
1 North Brentwood Boulevard
Suite 1000
St. Louis, MO 63105

Tel: 314.333.3931

Email: oadams@spencerfane.com
Web: www.spencerfane.com

Orren Adams is known for his sincere interest in helping clients pursue opportunities and overcome challenges to succeed in business. He dedicates his career assisting both large national corporations and closely held family enterprises work through and close mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financial reorganizations in the private, not for profit, and ESOP sectors.

Orren has extensive experience working in the healthcare industry having been involved in many high-profile health care related transactions, including the integration of hospital systems and the transfer and financing of home health, assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice facilities on a national platform having served as a lead counsel in transaction values exceeding $1 billion dollars.  Orren also has extensive experience in the manufacturing, real estate, and venture capital industries having served as a lead counsel in transaction values exceeding $1 billion dollars.

In addition his daily practice, Orren earned a Masters of Tax Law with a focus in Corporate, Partnership, and International Taxation from Boston University and he has continued his relationship with the academic field as an adjunct professor in Washington University’s LL.M Tax program, as a co-author of the Missouri Bar Estate Planning Desk Book (Drafting Business Purchase and Restrictive Transfer Agreements), and a speaker discussing topics including mergers and acquisitions and family business succession planning, all to stay engaged and informed with the latest trends in corporate transactions.

Areas of Focus:

  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
  • Financial Reorganizations / Syndicated Financing
  • Venture Capital Funds
  • Woman, Minority, and Veteran Owned Businesses


  • LLM in Taxation, Boston University, focused on corporate, partnership, and international in and out bound taxation
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University School of Law, LLM Tax Program (Four years)
  • Co-Author of the Missouri Bar Estate Planning Desk Book; Chapter on Drafting Business Purchase and Restrictive Transfer Agreements (Current Edition)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2022

Spencer Fane Corporate and Business Transactions attorneys serve clients ranging in size from small start-up entities to very large public companies, providing responsive day-to-day legal advice on all aspects of corporate operations critical to their success.

Our attorneys provide guidance in business transactions of all types. We maintain a commitment to a complete understanding of legal matters related to general corporate and partnership law; acquisition, disposition, merger, and reorganization transactions; commercial and contract law; federal and state taxation; securities law; business workouts, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy proceedings; and other areas of business-related law.

Our firm represents domestic and international businesses, including retailers, manufacturers, distributors, public utilities, service and professional businesses, financial institutions, construction companies, institutional investors, telecommunications and media companies, software developers, and other technology clients. Our broad range of experience allows us to productively and efficiently serve as outside general counsel to closely-held businesses.

We recognize that each transaction is important to the future of a business and its owners. Because of this magnitude, our attorneys work to develop a deep understanding of each client’s unique objectives. This foundation helps us guide each client through the business decisions, mergers, and acquisitions that pave the way for its continued growth and success. We pride ourselves on our deep understanding in a wide range of corporate finance options, including private placements, venture capital/private equity investments, and traditional debt financing, and providing counsel on corporate structure, family succession planning, executive compensation arrangements, licensing, other business agreements, and negotiated resolutions of business disputes.

Our firm also represents a large number of trade associations and other nonprofit organizations, and regularly deals with the tax, antitrust, governance, and other issues that those entities face.

At Spencer Fane, your business leaders work with our business leaders. We provide an unconventional approach to legal services geared toward protecting and advancing business and personal interests. Our clients are certain that their interests are our priority, because they work with leaders – leaders who work decisively, execute with purpose and understand the importance of flawless timing. Be certain.

Spencer Fane has offices located in Phoenix, Arizona; Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado; Tampa, Florida; Overland Park, Kansas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Las Vegas, Nevada; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; and Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Plano, Texas.