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The mission of CGS Law, is to provide quality legal representation to improve housing and public safety in California. CGS Law aims to provide better quality of life for its clients and the persons whom its clients service, while enhancing the stature of the legal profession. CGS Law was started by Chandra, a former City Prosecutor, to fulfill a desire for helping those less fortunate within the framework of a private law firm.


Chandra Gehri Spencer received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1996 from Pepperdine University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from California Lutheran University in 1994.  She is admitted to practice law in all California courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


Ms. Spencer concentrates her practice on public law, dispute resolution and civil litigation, particularly in the areas of substandard housing, code enforcement, tort liability and police defense.  She was recently named a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine.


Chandra has extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation.  She has handled numerous pre-trial proceedings, writs of mandate proceedings, civil suits, criminal prosecutions and appeals.  She has prosecuted and defended numerous cases on behalf of public agencies, in federal and state court and at the appellate level.  Ms. Spencer has first and second chaired both bench and jury trials.  In Buena Park Motel Assn. v. City of Buena Park, 109 Cal. App. 4th 302 (2003), she won a published victory in a case pertaining to regulation of motel stays and conditions within the City of Buena Park.


Ms. Spencer also has extensive training and experience in dispute resolution.  Chandra has represented public entities in numerous mediations, negotiations and arbitrations.  She consistently works to resolve disputes at the lowest cost, and on the most favorable terms, to her clients.  At Pepperdine University School of Law, in addition to her Juris Doctorate degree, Ms. Spencer received a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution which required extensive course work and clinical experience in negotiation, mediation and arbitration.


Further, she provides advice and consultation pertaining to police and code enforcement policies and procedures.  Ms. Spencer has handled petitions and responded to requests made under the Public Records Act.  In Axelrad v. Superior Court, 82 Cal. App. 4th 819 (2000), Ms. Spencer successfully upheld the work product privilege and official information privilege for police departments and obtained reversal of a trial court’s broad grant of a public records act request for police manuals and investigation materials.


In law school, Ms. Spencer served as a member of the Pepperdine Law Review and authored “Beware of the Highwayman on the Information Superhighway:  A Balanced Proposal to Protect Copyrights Within the National Information Infrastructure,” 24 Pepperdine Law Review 121 (1996).   She was also an Extern Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Aldrich, State of California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District.


Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 95%
    9 years
  2. Litigation: 5%
    20 years



Hourly ($450/hour), contingent (40%), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gregg Adam Martin

    I first met Chandra as a co-panelist for a seminar that we presented together. Her engaging, insightful and thoughtful approach to the topic proved invaluable to the success of our presentation. Since then, I have seen her bring the same thoughtful and engaging approach to disputed matters. Her knowledge and skill sets are of the highest caliber.


    Gregg Martin Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Chandra Gehri Spencer is a tireless attorney of the highest caliber who is dedicated to helping tenants that unfortunately live in substandard housing. She is tenacious and truly cares about the people that she helps. Most importantly, she succeeds in helping the community's tenants by convincing the courts to take away slumlords' properties and place these slums into court-supervised receiverships for repair.


    Daniel Bramzon Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Chandra Gehri Spencer, A Professional Law Corporation

2625 Townsgate Road
Suite 330
Westlake Village, CA, 91361


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerElder & Spencer, LLP2013 - Present
President/AttorneyChandra Gehri Spencer, A Professional Law Corporation2007 - Present
PartnerBurke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP2004 - 2007
AttorneyRichards, Watson & Gershon, A Professional Corporation2000 - 2004
AttorneyFranscell, Strickland, Roberts & Lawrence1997 - 2000
AttorneyFairfield, Strauss, Uritz & Kinigstein1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Buena Park Motel Assn. v. City of Buena Park, 109 Cal. App. 4th 302 (2003)Court judgment sustained on appeal
Axelrad v. Superior Court, 82 Cal. App. 4th 819 (2000)Overturned grant of Petition on Appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pepperdine Law ReviewBeware of the Highwayman on the Information Superhighway: A Balanced Proposal to Protect Copyrights Within the National Information Infrastructure, 24 Pepp. L. Rev. 121 (1996)1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLaw/Dispute ResolutionJ.D./Certificate in Dispute Resolution1996
California Lutheran UniversityPolitical Science/EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993