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Adam Daniel Spencer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salt lake city, UT

4.5   13 reviews

also known as Dan Spencer, A. Daniel Spencer

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Adam

Learn Adam’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    10 years, 51 cases

  2. Child custody
    Generally these are either paternity/parentage cases, or cases where the parties were divorced, but one party is trying to modify the custody ordered in the original divorce decree.

    10 years, 64 cases

  3. Child abuse
    Private guardian ad litem, either appointed by the court or by agreement of the parties. A private guardian ad litem is an attorney who represents minor children in high conflict custody battles, usually where there are allegations or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

    10 years, 17 cases

  4. Child support
    Orders to show cause for unpaid child support, medical premiums, daycare costs, and other reimbursable expenses.

    10 years, 18 cases

  5. Guardianship
    Adult guardianships, child guardianships, revocation of a voluntary guardianship.

    9 years, 8 cases

After practicing family law for the last half decade, I have learned a lot of things. The biggest takeaway is that each client's situation is unique, and a strategy that makes sense for one client, will not necessarily work well for another. Each family is unique, and getting the best possible outcomes for each case means listening to and understanding where my clients are coming from, and where they want to go. I am not afraid to practice outside the box, and use creative and bold legal arguments to get the results my clients are entitled to.


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Spencer Familiy Law, Pllc.
261 E. Broadway
ste. 300
Salt lake city, UT, 84111

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4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Krystina | June 8, 2021
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This law firm was so helpful and professional I do not think i could have gone through my custody battle without them! They are very patient and kind as-well
Posted by Rocky Garcia | April 26, 2021
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Amazing lawyer and person
I went through a 2yr battle for my 3 kids custody, I Originally hired kent Burton located in Ogden he did good but at some point I felt I was not getting the help I needed, a family friend that is an attorney referred me to Daniel and I’m glad I retained him at the end me and my ex settled but I was confident to go into trial with a skill, intelligence and experienced attorney, Daniel is the best.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2020
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Good attorney
Helped me with the legal side of my divorce. The later he helped me fight for custody.
Posted by Jennifer | November 4, 2020
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Amazing attorney
Amazing attorney very acknowledge a bowl about the law and helping you to understand very strong Attorney helped Keep my family together I strongly recommend Spencer family law Dan Spencer is amazing and so is his wife great people to work with if you need help with family law this is the man to go to.
Posted by Tabitha | November 4, 2020
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The best!
an Spencer and his team helped me to keep custody of my daughter. I have been sued twice so far for custody and Dan has really stepped in and helped me. He has walked me through multiple situations every step of the way. Dan is professional and knowledgeable. He is calm and collected. I would recommend him to even my closest friends or family going through a custody battle! Thank you Dan and team, I am so grateful for you!
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Posted by Jason | May 15, 2019
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Family Law Attorney
Dan has been amazing in helping me deal with my custody case. He is very knowledgeable and conscious of money I'm spending. He always responds to my emails and goes right to work on my case when I need him. I feel lucky that I found Dan and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a family law attorney. Also, his office manager Christine is amazing and so helpful whenever I need her to step in. Thank you Dan and Christine for all you do!
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Posted by Brian | December 12, 2018
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Integrity, with results.
Mr Spencer has been an invaluable ally in my case. Incredibly helpful. transparent, intelligent, and very communicative. More than all that, he always treated me with the utmost respect, and integrity from start to finish. I was always made to feel comfortable, and would highly recommend Mr Spencer to any potential client.
Posted by Amna | September 13, 2018
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The Best Possible and a Through Professional
You cannot find a Better lawyer than Dan and I have had been continuously represented by different attorneys since 2009. He is quite literally the Best in all ways. He is Brilliant beyond measure, extremely insightful, very responsive and understanding, I am very very happy and confident with him on my case. In addition, Dan is very down to Earth and very easy to communicate with and not greedy at all. He helped resolve some issues that were pending for a year in a very short time in our Child Custody Case. He always returns emails the same day . Outside of court too,at mediation and settlement meetings, he pleaded my cause exceptionally. His integrity is unmatched as I noticed he didn't bill me while we were waiting at one of the meetings and he did some other work on the laptop. I wish him the best of everything!
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Posted by Jake | April 13, 2018
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Worth every affordable penny!
Addressed and completed my case efficiently, effectively and almost effortlessly! 100% made me feel like a priority and was top notch!
Posted by Natasha | April 17, 2015
Daniel Spencer
Highly recommending Daniel spencer he has helped me go over so many things, not having the knowledge that was taught to me has helped me under stand my case. The time and effort had been appreciated so much.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
Dan's amazing
I came to Dan with literally nothing and no knowledge of how to pick myself up. I was overwhelmed and Dans helped me sort everything out piece by piece. I've had little to work with and he's been great at prioritizing and optimizing what we've had to work with and been a great emotional support.
Posted by Gina | June 15, 2018
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He was a good attorney then...
Dan was my overseeing counsel for almost two years on a active “child custody case ”. He walked with me step by step through a tricky custody battle. Before his original firm (Open Legal Service) went out of business I went in to consult with him back in March of 2018 about a issue with the current parentage case and I remember while talking about the issue he showed me something pertaining to my case and I glanced at the screen, but noticed next to my name and case number the new firm transfer said “maybe”. I should’ve listened to my first mind; from April-June communication with Dan was scarce, I received two responses from Dan one on March 9th stating “he was going to remain as counsel on my case” and the second was on May 11th and that email stated he was “Neck deep in a report, and would get back to me by the coming weekend.” Weekend’s came and went and finally after countless emails and messages on June 5th I called into Non profit Legal Services again to hopefully speak to Dan; the receptionist answered and she was going to transfer me over since Dan was in the office. Well instead of taking my call Dan gave his client of almost two years a message from the receptionist saying “I’m putting in the withdrawal papers as we speak, and a email will be sent over shortly confirming that” I was shocked. I never knew there was an issue with the client/attorney relationship that couldn’t be spoken about. Dan was a pretty good attorney until he switched up on me at the end. Hopefully this review aids you to the right decision when choosing a family law attorney.
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Posted by Henry | April 12, 2018
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I would AVOID this lawyer at all costs!!!
Dan, is a lawyer who talks big in the beginning to hook you into hiring him to take your case. But it doesn't take long for my case to get neglected. Even after many calls and repeat pleading to Dan to take my wife to court because she had been withholding my kids from me, he makes promises to do something, but never delivers. In court, he is hopeless, that legal aid that my ex wife retained is a LOT better than this guy, who is a joke. Dan didn't fight for me at all. My entire case pretty much went down the drain, and I had to retain a REAL attorney to fix all the problems that was created due to non-action by Dan. I'm not the only one that was treated this way, there are quite a number of others that felt the same way if you research it online. So, what resulted from this guy's poor work, well, his original firm he created called Open Legal, went out of business on March 2018. I was told he moved to another law firm. I believe it's dangerous for your case to have him as your lawyer. Because it happened to me.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Spencer Family Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Interim Director of Family Law
  • Nonprofit Legal Services of Utah
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Supervising Attorney - Family Law
  • Open Legal Services
  • 2013 - 2018


  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013


  • Utah Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Utah State Bar Community Lawyering Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Utah State Bar, Young Lawyers Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Utah Minority Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Legal Rebel
  • American Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Initiative Certification
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law Pro Bono Initiative
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 National Incubator Conference
  • The New Nonprofit Legal Model
  • 2015
  • Montana State Bar, Fall Convention
  • The Modest Means Business Model
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Adam
Child custody Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan is an excellent attorney. His knowledge of family law is top notch and he is an excellent advocate. Dan does an amazing job representing parents in custody cases, but where he truly shines is representing children as their Guardian ad Litem. I have referred clients to Dan in the past knowing they will be well represented, and will continue to do so."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan served as a private guardian ad litem in a contentious divorce case in which I represented one of the parties. I was impressed with Dan's kind temperament and cooperative approach in working with me and his clients, the children. I believe that Dan would be sympathetic and congenial in interacting with children, opposing counsel, and you, as a client. Taking this approach tends to resolve cases more quickly, because parties are more likely to settle their disputes. Although a relatively young lawyer, Dan has a commitment to helping others in the family law arena, and takes his client's legal matters very seriously."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently represented a client at a hearing where Mr. Spencer was the opposing attorney. We were able to discuss complicated issues in reasonable terms and have communication that will help move the case along."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Dan and I formed Open Legal Services together and it's been a privilege watching him grow as an attorney. He is an amazing child advocate. He works hard for his clients and is a great mix of easy going and aggressive depending on the situation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"A wealth of experience to draw from. You would be served well by his representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Spencer is knowledgeable, intelligent, and hard-working. He cares very much about getting great results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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