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Patrick Cook-Hanalei Spencer II

About me

I help claimants win their injury and disability cases. I started with Colorado Workers' Compensation and Social Security disability cases. Over the past few years I have included Veterans disability benefit cases in my practice. It is a passion of mine to assist the injured and disabled. And I feel especially honored to help our injured veterans.


I have secured many of the firm's largest Workers’ Compensation settlements. In the past 5 years I have obtained over $15 million in compensation for my clients. My win-percentage for Social Security cases is 95%.

I argued and won a recent Workers' Compensation case in front of the Colorado Supreme Court (Williams v. Kunau).

I have also won many Social Security appeals in Federal Court.

I am admitted to practice in front of:
The State Supreme Court of Colorado,
The Federal District Court for the District of Colorado,
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals,
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims.

I am regularly consulted by other attorneys for advice on complex issues relating to Workers' Compensation, Social Security disability and Veterans' disability. I have been repeatedly praised by judges for being one of the best claimant's attorneys in Colorado Springs.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 55%
    19 years
  2. Social Security: 40%
    19 years
  3. Military Law: 5%
    19 years



Contingent (20-25%), Free consultation (90 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ethan K. Pham

    I've had the privilege of reading Mr. Spenser's responses to questions asked on Avvo regarding Social Security issues. His responses are thoughtful and articulate and demonstrate his vast knowledge of the law.


    Ethan Pham Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Robert Mackey Babcock Jr.

    Patrick and I are on the Executive Board of the Workers' Compensation Educational Association ("WCEA") together. He is also the current President-Elect for the WCEA. He is a very knowledgeable and diligent attorney who works very hard for his clients and injured workers in Colorado.


    Robert Babcock Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Spencer Law Firm

830 Tenderfoot Hill Road, Suite 320
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906-7372


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSpencer Law Firm, P.C.1997 - Present
Law ClerkFrickey Law Firm1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Workers' Compensation Education AssociationBoard Member2014 - Present
National Organization of Veterans' AdvocatesSustaining member2007 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimant's RepresentativesSustaining Member2000 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
El Paso County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Workers' Compensation Education AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Williams v. Kunau, 147 P.3d 33 (Colo. 2006)Set legal standard for "follow-up DIMEs"
Wamsley v. Astrue, 780 F.Supp.2d 1180 (D.Colo. 2011)Case reversed and remanded. Benefits awarded on remand.
Cross v. Colvin, 25 F.Supp.3d 1345 (D.Colo. 2014)ALJ reversed, case remanded. Benefits awarded on remand
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Publication nameTitleDate
A Guide for Injured WorkersWhere Do I Start?2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of ColoradoPolitical Science and Constitutional LawMA - Masters1994
Colorado CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly meetingEpilepsy, Seizures and Social Security Disability2000