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Spencer James Pahlke

Spencer James Pahlke

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

About Me

Spencer's practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving defective medical devices, vehicular collisions, dangerous conditions of public and private property, and medical malpractice.

Outside of his practice at Walkup, he also serves at the University of California-Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) as a lecturer in trial advocacy. In addition to his teaching, he directs Berkeley Law's external trial competition program, and coaches three trial advocacy teams. Spencer has also provided ongoing legal education, including developing and co-chairing programs produced in conjunction with Berkeley Law, with a special focus on providing training to young attorneys. He has also co-chaired a presentation on governmental liability and design immunity.

Before going to law school, Spencer received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004, graduating in the Honors Program and with Highest Distinction. He double-majored in Economics and Psychology, with a double-minor in English and Communications. While at the University of Nebraska, he also competed nationally in intercollegiate debate and mock trial.

Spencer then attended law school at Berkeley Law, receiving his J.D. in 2007. At Berkeley, Spencer was a member of the California Law Review as well as an associate editor for Ecology Law Quarterly. Academically, he won Prosser Awards in Legal Ethics and in Environmental Law.

Spencer's main interest in law school was trial advocacy, both in Berkeley Law's competitive trial advocacy program and its clinical programs. Clinically, he tried cases before Oakland's Citizen's Police Review Board. There, his responsibilities included representing people claiming violations of their constitutional rights at the hands of the Oakland Police Department. He successfully competed on several trial teams. He won the Bay Area trial competition held by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, in the National Trial Competition, his three-person team was a regional finalist, and he won two top advocate awards.

Spencer joined the Walkup firm as an associate in 2007, and practices all types of personal injury litigation in all courts within the State of California.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Personal Injury: 75%
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Spencer. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I've worked with Spencer both as a law clerk and a trial consultant. His passion and skill for trial advocacy is obvious, as is his dedication to securing the best possible outcome for his clients. Spencer is also very progressive in his use of trial technology and jury research techniques.

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    Jonas Jacobson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

650 California St 26th Fl
San Francisco, CA, 94108

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200705/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2011
Prosser AwardUC Berkeley School of Law2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)2011 - Present
Associate AttorneyWakup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger2006 - Present
Law ClerkJones, Clifford, Johnson & Johnson2005 - 2005
Law ClerkThe Robert Pahlke Law Group2005 - 2005

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Boalt Alumni AdvocatesFounding Member2011 - Present
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMember2008 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2008 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Pedestrian v. City and County of San Francisco$3,250,000 Settlement.
Cable Car Passenger v. City and County of San Francisco$2,026,000 Settlement
Chu v. Bay Area Community Services, Inc.$996,000 Verdict

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt HallLawJ.D.2007
Univ of NebraskaEconomics, PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2004

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
To Discovery and Beyond: Lessons for the Young LawyerLegal Practice for the Young Lawyer2011
Hawaii CAOC 2011Review of Dangerous Condition of Public Property Cases in California - 2010-112011
Berkeley LawTrial Competition (244.49, Section 1)2011
Seminar (Berkeley Law)Trial Advocacy2010
Seminar (Berkeley Law)Trial Advocacy2009
Design Immunity: It's Causes & AvoidanceGovernmental Tort Immunities2009