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The Spencer Law Firm practices labor and employment law exclusively,
representing clients in matters including: disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation; sex, race, religious, sexual orientation, age, and other discrimination; wage and hour claims such as unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, and unpaid commissions; union law on behalf of unions; sexual harassment; whistleblower retaliation; federal and other government employees; contract law; and intellectual property.  Our attorneys appear in federal & state courts, the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB),
Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH), Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Labor Commissioner, Department of Labor (DOL),
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Unemployment
Insurance Appeals Board (UIAB), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
and State Personnel Board (SPB). 


Ms. Spencer is on the Executive
Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association - the largest and
most influential plaintiffs employment bar association in California.
 She was a Member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar, and is a 2007 San Diego SuperLawyer
(Employment & Labor; Employment Benefits).


Bar Admissions


Supreme Court of the State of California (1990)

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1990)

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1992)

United States District Court, Southern District,
California (1990)

United States District Court, Central District,
California (1998)

United States District Court, Northern District,
California (2007)



Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    4 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    4 years
  3. Discrimination: 20%
    4 years
  4. Class Action: 10%
    4 years



Hourly ($250-650/hour), contingent (33-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

The Spencer Law Firm

2727 Camino Del Rio S
Ste 140
San Diego, CA, 92108


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego Top LawyerSan Diego Best Lawyers / SD Metro2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyThe Spencer Law Firm1994 - Present
ChairPersonnel Appeals Board, City of La Mesa2000 - 2003
Labor and Employment LawLabor Studies Program, San Diego Community College District1999 - 2003
Administrative Law and Procedure, Labor AgenciesLabor Studies Program, San Diego Community College District1999 - 2003
Staff AttorneyInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 4651995 - 1997
Secretary-Treasurer, Steward, Council Representative, DelegateAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 32351984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionMember2011 - Present
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)Board of Directors2003 - Present
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)Member1995 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)Member1994 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)Affiliate Leader1993 - Present
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating CommitteeMember1991 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember1990 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1990 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, Labor and Employment CommitteeMember1990 - Present
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)Secretary2009 - 2011
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionAdvisory Board2004 - 2007
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionExecutive Committee2001 - 2004
National Lawyers Guild, Labor and Employment CommitteeSteering Committee1992 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sheppard v. North Orange County Regional Occupational Program, 191 Cal. App. 4th 289 (2010)Successful appeal & class certification
Hunter v. Prouty, General Services Administration, EEOC No. 550-2008-00155X; MSPB No. SF-0752-09-1463-I-1Successfully resolved case (six figures in compensatory damages, plus cleaning all negative references from employee's file)
Age discrimination / Case I.D. confidentialCase resolved for substantial financial damages (mid-six figures)
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Union Member Guide to Labor and Employment LawWorkers With Disabilities: ADA and Other Laws1996
Medical Trial Technique QuarterlyWho Owns the Test?1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California - Los AngelesLinguistics, cum laudeBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NAMI San DiegoEmployment Disability Discrimination & Reasonable Accommodation2014
20th Annual OCD ConferenceAsk an Attorney! What Are my Rights on the Job?2013
Teaching to TransgressUsing Disability Law: A Practical Toolkit2012
San Diego County Bar AssociationSo You Think You've Got a Case? What Every Attorney Should Know about Employment Law2012
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) 25th Annual ConferenceLegislative and Arbitration Update (moderator)2012
International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Annual ConferenceEmployment Law and OCD Hooray for the ADA! Woo-Hoo for the FMLA!2010
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceMind over Matter: Mental Health Disabilities, Law and Practice Tips2010
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Annual ConferenceThe Law Is Finally on Your Side! Recent Changes in the ADA Can Help You Stay Employed and Insured: What People with OCD Need to Know2009
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Annual ConferenceOCD and the Law Getting: and Keeping a Job2008
Not Another Moment Lost to SeizuresKnow Your Rights! Employment and Epilepsy2007
Navigating Narcolepsy: 2007 National ConferenceNarcolepsy on the Job: Staying Employed & Staying Insured2007
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceIt's the Same but Different: Representing Federal Employoees2006