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David Rosebud Sparer

David R. Sparer | Of Counsel

Tel: 608.448.6357

David R. Sparer has been an attorney in private practice in Dane County since 1979. He is Of Counsel with Carlson Black O'Callaghan & Battenberg LLP, where his practice focuses on cooperatives, nonprofit law, and real estate transactions.

For over 40 years, his practice has included a significant focus on working with cooperatives of all types—from housing coops to grocery coops to farmer coops. He has worked with housing cooperatives all over the country, helping them obtain tax exempt status and providing advice and guidance on a wide range of issues. In recent years, he has presented workshops at NASCO's annual convention for cooperatives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, called the NASCO Institute.  His representation of cooperatives includes everything from setting up new coops, to modifying articles and bylaws and equity structures, to real estate purchase, lease negotiations, contract disputes and member relations issues.  He also works with nonprofit organizations, including assistance obtaining tax exempt status.  

In addition, he regularly represent buyers and sellers in residential real estate transactions. He has frequently represented property owners in litigation matters related to real estate transactions.  He also provides representation of both commercial landlords and tenants in all types of matters related to commercial landlord tenant relations, including lease negotiation and litigation.  


Earlier in his career his practice focused on representation of tenants in all types of housing matters. This work included eviction defense, security deposit claims, retaliatory eviction claims, and personal injury claims by tenants. He has also handled numerous fair housing claims on behalf of those suffering housing discrimination. He was also a cooperating attorney with the local Fair Housing Councils, beginning in 1985.

He has argued cases before various circuit courts throughout southern Wisconsin and the Courts of Appeals and the State Supreme Court, including significant tenant victories in Baierl vs. McTaggart and Dawson vs. Goldammer.

He serves on numerous Boards and committees related to housing issues, and has been a presenter and trainer in programs regarding fair housing claims and landlord/tenant claims.


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1979


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