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Russell "Mick" Spence, Jr.

Russell "Mick" Spence, Jr.


Phone: 612.355.4100
Fax: 612.355.4101
Address: 888 Colwell Building
123 North Third Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401


Russell "Mick" Spence, Jr. has established a reputation as a go-to attorney for national and local clients, and other attorneys, who want their legal matters handled well and properly resolved.  He is sought after both as a trusted business advisor and as a zealous legal advocate.His clients and adversaries range from multi-million-dollar national corporations, their officers, shareholders, financiers and employees, to new companies, creatives, artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, media, broadcasters, producers, advertisers, filmmakers, and other internet-based and entertainment-related businesses and individuals.  

Mr. Spence focuses on litigation, business, entertainment, intellectual property and personal legal matters.  He has handled an extensive array of matters, for an even more diverse variety of clients. His business clients include high level executives, fortune 500 companies, class claimants and matters involving nearly any corporate or commercial issue or venture.  His entertainment industry clients include household names, well-established legacy artists, creatives and professional athletes as well as those on their way up to becoming one of those, themselves.  

Although complex commercial litigation and industry-specific matters are regularly handled by Mr. Spence, his personal approach and reasonable demeanor make even the most trying cases easier to understand and manage for his clients. He is passionate about helping his clients and providing them the very best representation and advice for their important legal needs.

Prior to joining Parker Daniels Kibort, Mr. Spence founded The Spence Law Firm, a Minneapolis-based litigation boutique, focused on entertainment law, intellectual property, business/corporate and estate matters.  Prior to that, he worked at a nationally-recognized trial law firm, Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd.  Most recently, he was a partner in a suburban general practice firm.  In each setting, Mr. Spence was known for his ambitious, aggressive, creative and dedicated client representation.  

Mr. Spence developed and taught courses in Copyright, Contracts and Music Publishing, at McNally Smith and Musictech College of Recording Arts.  He formerly wrote a regular Art & Entertainment Lawyer column for City’s Tone magazine.  He frequently writes and lectures on business and entertainment law matters, both nationally and locally, and is regularly requested by media outlets to comment on entertainment industry legal issues or current events.  He volunteers and contributes to many non-profit, community-based and arts-related causes.

Awards & Honors



  • Martindale Hubble’s highest rating of AV, for preeminent legal experience and ethical practices.
  • Repeatedly named Superlawyer® by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business Monthly and Law & Politics magazines.
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys: Minnesota.
  • Twice elected President of the Minnesota Music Academy, a non-profit corporation which produced the Annual Minnesota Music Awards.
  • Former Chair of the Art & Entertainment Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, also serving as Chair of its Music Law Committee.
  • Appointed to the Minneapolis Arts Commission, where he advised the Mayor and City Council on arts-related matters.
  • Former Chair of the ABA's Art & Entertainment Committee of the Young Lawyer's Division.  


  • J.D., William Mitchell School of Law (1993)
  • B.S., University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business (1988) 


  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota