Our Leadership

Leading with Insight

Neil Sprague Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Neil Sprague is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Company.

“I assume the best in other people and stay positive and steady in difficult situations.”

Favorite part about your job?
“EPR Properties is a unique organization, composed of a small number of very bright financial minds taking carefully measured risks.  Creative thought and expressing opinions are more than encouraged, they are expected.”

Who is your mentor?
“My father. During his career as a well-respected attorney, administrator, and judge, when asked what he did, he would respond with, ‘I work at the courthouse.’”

Lesson learned from one of your children?
“Humility. When he was still in elementary school, one of my sons once told me, ‘Dad, you’re actually not a real lawyer,’ as in trying cases in a courtroom. ‘You’re really more of a desk lawyer.’  Still makes me laugh.”


B.S.B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude
J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Missouri – Columbia

Prior Professional Experience

Associate General Counsel, Dine Equity, Inc.
Brand General Counsel, Applebee’s International, Inc.
Brand General Counsel, IHOP Corporation
Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP


Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association
University of Missouri – Columbia
Board member and former president, KC Mizzou Alumni Association
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)