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Senior Associates Amber DeCarli and Kristen Maurer McCarthy join firm as Members (owners)

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Dear CSLG Clients and Colleagues:

The Law Office of Dustin R. Sparks, LLC d/b/a Charter School Law Group is proud to announce that Ms. Amber R. DeCarli and Ms. Kristen Maurer McCarthy have become Members (owners) of the firm as of January 1, 2022.

Ms. DeCarli joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2018 and has drawn upon her diverse legal background to successfully represent clients both within and outside the courtroom. Amber has worked diligently to limit charter schools’ liability in employment matters ranging from employee investigations, unemployment claims, termination reviews, and employee handbooks and policies. She has protected our clients from unfounded employee claims, saving clients’ valuable resources and preventing future claims and costly litigation. Additionally, Amber immensely enjoys drafting policies that promote charter school autonomy and flexibility in operations. She is a valiant fighter for our clients and a proactive advocate who believes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Amber has been the spouse of an active-duty Marine since 2011, and they have three beautiful children. Amber is very involved in the military community and volunteers with several advisory committees aimed at equipping other military spouses to face their unique challenges.

Ms. McCarthy also started with the firm in 2018 as an associate attorney and enjoys representing the interests of charter schools throughout the State of Colorado. She helps charter schools navigate the complex fields of student behavioral issues, special education concerns, and authorizer relations. Kristen is passionate about helping clients thrive and innovate through their policies and practices. She is skilled in working with regulating agencies, authorizers, and opposing counsel to achieve positive results for our clients.

Kristen also is a military spouse, and she and her husband, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, enjoy traveling and are committed to raising their two daughters to be confident young women.

Because both Kristen and Amber are familiar to you, you already know that they possess the adaptability, creativity, and tenacity to get the job done for our clients. I hope you will join us in congratulating them on achieving this professional milestone. You can be confident that they will continue to offer you superior legal advice in their relatable style.


Dustin R. Sparks

Managing Member

Amber R. DeCarli

Kristen Maurer McCarthy

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