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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I endorse this lawyer. Spencer and I worked together on a complex product liability case: we represented a client who was rendered quadriplegic from a defective product. The case was challenging not least because nobody had ever sued any manufacturer for the particular defect we were litigating. Spencer's work was tremendous. He dug in and worked with our team to get the case in tip-top shape for trial. The case resolved short of trial. Spencer is razor sharp, oozes professionalism, and does not back down from a challenge. I would not hesitate to recommend him to those looking for top-notch legal representation.
Thomas Breen Personal Injury Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2011|
|Prosser Award||UC Berkeley School of Law||2006|
|Adjunct Professor||University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)||2011 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Wakup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger||2006 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Jones, Clifford, Johnson & Johnson||2005 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||The Robert Pahlke Law Group||2005 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Boalt Alumni Advocates||Founding Member||2011 - Present|
|Attorneys Information Exchange Group||Member||2008 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||2008 - Present|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|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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|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of Nebraska||Economics, Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|To Discovery and Beyond: Lessons for the Young Lawyer||Legal Practice for the Young Lawyer||2011|
|Hawaii CAOC 2011||Review of Dangerous Condition of Public Property Cases in California - 2010-11||2011|
|Berkeley Law||Trial Competition (244.49, Section 1)||2011|
|Seminar (Berkeley Law)||Trial Advocacy||2010|
|Seminar (Berkeley Law)||Trial Advocacy||2009|
|Design Immunity: It's Causes & Avoidance||Governmental Tort Immunities||2009|