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Chad Gregory Spencer

Family Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   26 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Chad

Learn Chad’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Custody battles, while certainly challenging and emotional can be worked out respectfully. Whether you are recently separated or in the process of filing for divorce, we look to match the best interests of the child with your rights as a parent.

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Many families today have been effected by the ugliness of divorce. If you too have been faced with the the unforeseeable challenges of marital separation, we want to be there to guide you through the process as seamlessly as possible.

    19 years

  3. Family
    25%
    Our services can assist you with any and every aspect of family law. You may be seeking help with matters related to alimony, child custody, visitation and child support. I strive to help you through what can be an emotional and complex process.

    19 years

  4. Business
    10%
    We offer services ranging from assisting in the creation, purchase or sale of a business, to the negotiation of business related matters, such as, lease or employment initiation/termination packages, along with various other corporate issues.

    19 years

  5. Alimony
    5%

  6. Child support
    5%

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

YOUR FAMILY. YOUR BUSINESS. YOUR LIFE. CALL FOR A CONSULTATION

Chad is the Managing Partner of The Spencer Law Group, a boutique Central Maryland litigation and appellate firm, focusing on family law and business issues.  He has been "AV" rated by Martindale every year since 2015, and has been named in the Maryland edition of "Superlawyers" as a "Superlawyer" in 2018 through 2021, and as a "Rising Star" in 2014 to 2017. Prior to opening The Spencer Law Group, Chad was a partner with Spencer & Stahl, a central Maryland family law firm.  Before that, Chad spent almost 10 years in private practice. His work has focused on helping families and businesses in every aspect of their legal issues. Chad has helped hundreds of families with issues ranging from Prenuptial Agreements to divorces (both traditional and same-sex), and from child custody and visitation matters to modifications of child support, as well as work on guardianships and Peace and Protective Orders. He has been appointed by the Court to represent children in highly contested custody matters. Chad has also helped hundreds of businesses in our community address legal issues. He has helped organize both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. His work has included contract drafting, review, litigation and negotiation for these businesses that otherwise may not desire in-house counsel to assist them. Industries for which Chad's clients engage include contracting, specialty trades, Information Technology, real estate rehabilitation, retail, medical and psychological services, realty, alcoholic beverages, and philanthropic services. Chad has also spent substantial time assisting clients with their real property issues. His work in assisting clients with criminal and traffic issues dovetails with assisting families and businesses as issues arise. Chad clerked for Judge Dennis M. Sweeney, on the Howard County Circuit Court, and worked for Judge Glenn T. Harrell, of Maryland's Court of Appeals. He has worked for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, and has a working relationship with many of the attorneys in Central Maryland. Chad has devoted considerable time to assisting the community through the Howard County Bar Association, the Carroll County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Howard County Bar Foundation. His philanthropic interests include Wills For Heroes, Ducks Unlimited and the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. Chad grew up in Howard County, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and his law degree from the University of Baltimore. An avid outdoorsman, in his spare time Chad hunts, fishes, boats, rock climbs, and spends time with his wife and children.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2015
Client's Choice
2018 2015

Location

The Spencer Law Group

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Pamela | February 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supportive and thorough!!
Chad Spencer helped me through the hardest time in my life. I was able to freely discuss what I wanted from my divorce, get realistic information and he doggedly worked to successfully get me my absolute divorce!! His team was helpful and easy to reach whenever needed. The escrow and payment process was made easy and worth every penny! I am glad I found their law firm to defend me and my children during this process! They Spencer and Stahl team truly used everything in their power and got me through the tough process of custody, assets and divorce!
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Posted by Ray | September 28, 2017
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A Rare Skill Makes for a Thoroughly Excellent Lawyer
What is that rare skill? Compassion. Chad invested himself in the process in order to build an open and honest relationship with us. This in turn enabled us to be completely comfortable asking questions, offering insights and participating in the process rather than feeling like the process was out of our control. It was obvious that Chad cares deeply about the people he represents and he cares deeply about the law. That combination is what made him such a special and effective advocate for us.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2023
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Quality Service
Chad worked diligently to represent my interests and those that acted in the best interest of my two minor children during my recent divorce. Chad worked hard to educate me and explain to me the process at all times. Chad is focused on outcomes focused on protecting his client's interests and quality costumer service along the way.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2023
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Nice work!
It's been my first experience working with a lawyer. It was the good one. Chad is the good listener and knowledgeable attorney. He handled my divorce case professionally, supporting me in each step. I was getting timely responses to my emails and my calls were returned promptly. I am fully satisfied with his service.
Posted by Maria | December 13, 2020
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Great Lawyers are not easy to find!
At the recommendation of an attorney/friend, I contacted Chad Spencer. After the initial consultation, I was confident that Chad was the right attorney to handle my divorce. He carefully reviewed all of the facts, and explained my various options. Chad not only delivered results as promised, but he delivered quickly. His experience, knowledge of the law, integrity, honesty and loyalty, set him apart from other attorneys. Thank you Chad for getting this done as quickly and painless as possible!
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Posted by Larry Pierson | March 9, 2020
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Great team of lawyers!!
Chad & Tyler handled my divorce which was complicated and messy and negotiated a fair deal for both involved I am extremely happy with the results and plan on using them for my future needs!!!
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2019
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Thorough and thoughtful
Chad did an excellent job helping us think through the choices my husband and I needed to make in preparing our wills and medical final wishes. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Rick | October 24, 2018
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Excellent Support
Chad provided excellent advice and outstanding support through a lengthy divorce proceeding. I truly appreciated his professional approach and deep understanding of Maryland marital law. Chad was always quick to point out all options and willingly supported the path with which I felt most comfortable.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2018
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Definitely Recommend
Working with Chad was my first experience with an attorney and I was nervous. He was knowledgeable and very patient working with me to do my Advance Planning Documents. He also made the signing ceremony an easy, comfortable and efficient process, provided clear next steps and answered all my last minute questions.
Posted by Brian | August 6, 2018
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Highly recommended
Chad has helped me with several legal issues and has always outperformed my expectations. He is thoughtful and very accessible. I would highly recommend Chad and his law firm.
Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2018
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Excellent Attorney!
Chad was well prepared for the case and executed my defense very professionally. I would definitely recommend him!
Posted by Joe | January 9, 2018
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The Right Lawyer
Chad stepped in and rescued a complex business valuation dispute. He brought practicality and sanity to the process and guided it to completion in a way we never thought possible. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Grant | August 19, 2017
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A lifesaver
Chad has been my family attorney for years, and has consistently succeeded in helping me on all types of issues. I absolutely recommend Chad, and will continue to rely on him for all of my family law issues.
Posted by Ryan | August 19, 2017
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Amazing experience
I never thought I would say this, but working with a lawyer was a good experience. Chad helped me through a very difficult time and made sure that I understood the process and felt comfortable the entire time. I feel fortunate to have met Chad and will absolutely use him for any of my future legal needs.
Posted by Richard | July 7, 2017
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Meticulous attention to detail ensured success.
In dealing with the State of Maryland and, in particular, the Maryland State Police, Mr. Spencer and his staff devoted much personal attention to my case which ensured a positive outcome in a contentious permitting issue.
Posted by Herbie | July 5, 2016
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Great Overall Experience
He thoroughly answered all of my questions, gave great advice, and was available within a timely manner whenever I needed to discuss a matter. I truly could not have asked for anything more.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
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solid lawyer
Chad helped me get my new business up and running in a very timely manner. He was very understanding of the shortened timeline I had, and gave me his full attention. I never thought I would say this about a lawyer, but I look forward in working with him again.
Posted by Andrew | November 27, 2015
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Worth every penny!!!
I hired Chad to help my business with some contract drafting and review. His attention to detail ensured that I was protected in the business relationship. He is the only lawyer that I will ever use, and I recommend him every time any contact needs legal assistance.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
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Review 2014
Chad Spencer was very knowledgeable and professional. He was very diligent in working with our case and I would recommend him to others that are looking for a hard-working attorney in Howard County, MD.
Posted by Elizabeth | September 17, 2015
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Outstanding
Chad was beyond dedicated to my case. He has a vast amount of knowledge, common sense, and calm. He is trustworthy and has a great personality. I am forever grateful for his help and, resulting success with my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Partner
  • The Spencer Law Group
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Spencer & Stahl, PC
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Chad G. Spencer, PC
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Chambers of Judge Dennis Sweeney
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Intern
  • State's Attorney For Howard County
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Intern to Judge Glenn Harrell
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Carney, Kelehan, Bressler, Bennett & Scherr
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Intern
  • Chambers of Judge Dennis Sweeney
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Turner v Havre de Grace Associates, No. 0827 (2017)
  • Nusbaum v Nusbaum, 243 Md. App. 653, 221 A.3d 1107 (2019)

Associations

  • Howard County Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • Carroll County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Foundation
  • President
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Howard County Bar Foundation
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Senior Outreach Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section 4 Corners Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Resolutions Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Membership Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Resolutions Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Howard County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Education Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Membership Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Service Commendation
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • President's Award
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Best Presentation Award
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • 2008
  • Leadership Academy
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Cromwell Tools Statewide Franchisee Conference
  • Business Organization Types and Benefits
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Chad
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad Spencer is a family law attorney who is active in the local legal community and is constantly striving to be the best possible attorney for his clients. He is knowledgeable and honest when representing his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chad is an extremely knowledgeable family law attorney. He is a pleasure to work with as opposing counsel as he remains courteous and respectful to others while still advocating for his client."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chad is detail and result oriented, with the goal of providing good client service."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chad is experienced and professional in his work. Chad works diligently to represent his clients. Chad is thorough in his preparation and representation. Chad is well regarded in our legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Spencer is very professional and knowledgeable. He strives to zealously represent his clients. He provides realistic expectations and is willing to negotiate reasonably to reach the best result possible for the family involved."
Business Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad is a leader in the legal community and has mentored dozens of young lawyers and provided countless hours of community service and leadership. He is a skilled lawyer who is extremely committed to his clients and who genuinely cares about them. He is honest and available, seeking the most reasonable and prudent solution to his client's problems."
General practice Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad is a dedicated and intelligent member of the Maryland legal community. His attention to detail and knowledge of the law enable him to consistently achieve postive outcomes on behalf of his clients."
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