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Marilynn Mika Spencer

Employment and labor Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.8   23 reviews

also known as Mika (Marilynn) Spencer, Mika Marilynn Spencer


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About Marilynn Mika

Learn Marilynn Mika’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    Representing working people & labor unions in – administrative law: licensing – collective bargaining & arbitration – discrimination, harassment & retaliation: sex, race, disability / reasonable accommodation, age, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy & other areas – employee benefits: short-term & long-term disability appeals – wage and hour: unpaid overtime, rest and meal break denials, unpaid wages, misclassification & retaliation – wrongful termination

    33 years

  2. Discrimination
    20%
    Representing private sector and government employees in discrimination based on sex, race, disability (including reasonable accommodation), age, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy and other protected categories.

    33 years

  3. Wrongful termination
    20%
    Representing plaintiffs in cases in involving whistleblowing, public policy violations, discrimination, wage and hour retaliation, family leave denials & all other areas of wrongful terminatgion

    33 years

  4. Class action
    10%
    Representing wage and hour plaintiffs

    23 years

Spencer Johnson LLP 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 a recent past member of the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) – the largest and most influential plaintiffs employment bar association in California.  She served on the CELA Board for 12 years.  She was the first chair of CELA's Education Committee, on which she served for 12 years.  She is a former co-chair of CELA's Public Employment Committee.

In addition, Ms. Spencer is a co-chair of the San Diego affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the largest and most respected plaintiffs employment bar association in the country.

Ms. Spencer was a Member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar.  Ms. Spencer was Chair of the Personnel Appeals Board for the City of La Mesa for two years and was a member of that Board for one year before.  

Ms. Spencer has been recognized as a 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)

 

Licensed for 32 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/05/2022

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

Contact Marilynn Mika

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

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by Trobi126 | October 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Spencer is Great!
Ms. Spencer provided great legal advice and assistance which provided me with great insight regarding my situation. She is thorough and very knowledgeable.
Response from Marilynn Mika Spencer November 14, 2018
Thank you! It was my pleasure to assist you. Marilynn Mika Spencer
Posted by Chris | May 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Praise for both Mika Spencer and Avvo.com
I found a question someone posted here on Avvo.com that was similar to my own situation. What got my attention was how the answer Mika Spencer gave was valuable in and of itself, rather than purely an attempt to pitch a sale. So we communicated through this website, and I eventually hired her and her firm. All the preparation that went into the case seemed like a solid process, and let to a successful outcome.
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Posted by Cody mina | March 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Employment
Marilynn took her time to read my case and she gave a well explained answer to my question
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
This attorney was very knowledgeable and very through. I appreciate her insight and the time she took to explain and answer my questions.
Posted by Edna | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is a bad-ass lawyer!
Mika is my lawyer and we spent the last five days together as she conducted depositions regarding my case and was also by my side during my deposition. During my deposition I kept thinking how thankful I was that she was MY lawyer and she was not deposing me. Her words, "don't be scared, be strong" kept rolling through my head which kept me from becoming a nervous wreck. Her demeanor reminded me of President Obama's comments regarding the women's champion sport team, he called them "bad asses." Mika is a bad ass, to see her in action is like watching a fine, trained professional do their work, just awesome. She is a respectful, thorough, human rights fighter/advocate that protected me and had my back throughout this process. I recommend her to everyone that believes they have a case where they may have been beaten down, taken advantage of, discriminated against, harassed and/or made to feel, via your disability, that you are less than - call her immediately. As we parted yesterday, I thanked her for protecting me and causing the worst time of my life to be one of the best times of my life. I would give her a million stars, as she is definitely one in a million. Call her, you will not regret it.
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Posted by RN4KU | October 27, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very informative and really took the time to respond
I will be calling her to schedule a consultation.
Posted by Tony Munter | May 21, 2015
Professional and an outstanding colleague
I would highly recommend working with Ms. Spencer. She demonstrated a full understanding of complex legal issues and it was a pleasure to work with her. She is a powerful advocate for her clients and for working people in general.
Posted by David | December 1, 2014
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very competent
Even she does not take cases like mine, she took her time to give some advises and that, for me, show her character. I wish to have her as my representative.
Posted by letrikdude1972 | September 26, 2013
A women gives knowledge and hope for the american identity
I actually retained a lawyer in south bend Indiana he was good, tell u what he didn't go as deep as u. Thank u so much Marilynn. I appreciate the advice!!!!!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2013
Thank you Mika and Avvo
Mika Spencer settled my case and did a superb job. My employer was hard to deal with while I was still working there and after I left. His attorney was also hard to deal with. That is why I had to get legal representation. I found Mika on Avvo and I am glad. First I called two other lawyers but they never called me back. After Mika’s paralegal called me back and got my information, then Mika called me and we talked and then she made an office appointment for me. Then at the appointment she read my papers and asked questions then agreed to take my case. I loved that Mika sent me emails with copies of everything my boss sent her and his lawyers sent her and everything Mika sent to his attorney. I liked it that Mika kept me informed. I never had to ask what was going on. I am satisfied with Mika and how she represented me. I am glad the Avvo web-site listed her and I thank Avvo for providing this place for questions and answers. It is helpful to people like me who don’t know where to find good lawyers.
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Posted by Kazuko | April 24, 2013
She is great!
The Spencer Law Firm provides excellent client service! Mika is a very professional, reliable and knowledgeable lawyer; she takes really good care of her clients. The first time I talked to her, I was very nervous because of my poor English skills; however, she was very patient with and supportive of me! She kept me well informed and was very professional throughout the whole process. I am very satisfied with the results. She's honest, trustworthy and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by milena garcia | December 19, 2012
she make me smile again
i am so glad marilynn responded to all the questions i have, her advise and responsibility to all questions she share with me help me go to the right way to start my cases, she give me hope my life back. i will recommend marilynn because she don't let you go down, i never got to met her, she give me the best advise and i am so glad she was with me even went my English was real bad in the question i was asking. again thanks for all you help i really depreciated. muy buena abogada se la recomiendo a cualquier persona que tenga problemas legales y no sepa en donde empesar, otra vez muchisimas gracias.
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Posted by Jose P. | May 4, 2012
superb lawyer!
Definitely a lawyer you want on your side, when I spoke the first time with her office, I knew she will be representing my rights without any greed. I highly recommend her office for all your labor issues, specially to the hardworking community. The only problem I see, is that the office is located in San Diego, where it was hard for me to find her when I need it the most.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2012
Thank you to Marilynn Mika Spencer
I know alot of people complain about their lawyers but you won't hear that from me. I love my attorney! She saved my job which saved my marriage and saved my condo, car and everything else. I was in big trouble at work for a stupid mistake. Yes I made the mistake but after many years of working there I thought it wasn't fair to be fired. It was not on purpose. Mrs. Spencer worked hard to convince my job to keep me and I ended up with no penalty not even a write up. I didn't know lawyers were like this. I recomend Mrs. Spencer to anyone who needs a good and hardworking fair lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2012
Excellent Attorney and Great Advice
I have received excellent advice from this attorney and it has helped me greatly in my situation. I would highly recommend
Posted by indeliblefem | March 6, 2012
Workmans Comp/General Information
I posted a few questions on avvo,as i was unaware of a few things such as my workmans comp.And she gave me rights as a employee.Wasn't so much on the workmans comp.But her information was defintely helpful.Also i needed some information on the criminal side for my BF also she directed me to the right place for it also posted my ques there so i could get the correct information.I defintely appreciate her help.
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Posted by John L. | December 7, 2011
Good lawyer
Ms. Mika Marilyn Spencer just finished my case. I am happy with the result. Ms. Spencer responded to all my questions and worries She made sure I understood the whole process. She also taught me alot about the law so I can stay out of trouble next time. Thank you Ms. Spencer. I will refer my friends to you.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2011
Mika Spencer is an All Star employment/labor/disability discrimination attorney.
Ms. Spencer handled my disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case from 2006 through settlement in 2011. My case was a difficult and complex situation within a California Community College. The CCC system used a team of lawyers and a "stall to death" tactic designed to bleed my resources dry, cost me my job, my health benefits and discredit my professional reputation. Atty Mika Spencer stuck by me for five years and a lot of complex problems. She saw my case through to an excellent resolution, was professional and kept me from losing hope and everything I had worked so hard to accomplish in my career. Mika worked hard for me and my small case. She interacted effectively with the employer's HR people, opposing counsel, my medical doctors and other professionals involved. Mika is a very sensitive professional and a friend who I know fights hard for what she believes is fair and just for people that experience the pain and despair of discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace. I highly recommend Mika Marilyn Spencer to anyone who needs a highly competent labor attorney who understands what you are going through and can help you get past some really tough situations like your best friend.
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Posted by Karlee | February 26, 2011
She did a good job in my case
Attorney Spencer did a good job in my case. She won it for me and I was very scared before I talked to her. She sent me e-mail all the time with copys of everything she received from my ex employer and their lawyer. I didn't know how long these things take and I got frustrated with the other attorney on the other side. They kept doing things to stall. But Mika stuck by me and never got frustrated and kept on working until I won.
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Posted by Paul | September 11, 2010
Highly recommend
Typically my contact with Spencer was under intense crisis. I had worked with another office and had run aground. Ms. Spencer, though very busy with matters larger than my individual case immediately did a case triage with me. She brought my matter back into focus and took my case from a wreck to a satisfactory settlement. I highly recommend this office and Mika Spencer. Her expertise and years of experience made a decisive difference.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-850 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Spencer Law Firm
  • 1994 - Present
  • Chair
  • Personnel Appeals Board, City of La Mesa
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Labor Studies Program, San Diego Community College District
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Administrative Law and Procedure, Labor Agencies
  • Labor Studies Program, San Diego Community College District
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Staff Attorney
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 465
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Steward, Council Representative, Delegate
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3235
  • 1984 - 1987
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Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Due Process and Property Rights Violations
  • Substantial financial settlement, clear record, reference letter.
  • Wrongful Termination / Disability Discrimination / Failure to Accommodate
  • Three years' pay, clean file, reference letter.
  • Discrimination
  • Successfully achieved promotion and back pay.
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Associations

  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Affiliate Leader
  • 1993 - Present
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, Labor and Employment Committee
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2011
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Advisory Board
  • 2004 - 2007
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2001 - 2004
  • National Lawyers Guild, Labor and Employment Committee
  • Steering Committee
  • 1992 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • San Diego Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Best Lawyers / SD Metro
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007

Publications

  • Union Member Guide to Labor and Employment Law
  • Workers With Disabilities: ADA and Other Laws
  • 1996
  • Medical Trial Technique Quarterly
  • Who Owns the Test?
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • NAMI San Diego
  • Employment Disability Discrimination & Reasonable Accommodation
  • 2014
  • 20th Annual OCD Conference
  • Ask an Attorney! What Are my Rights on the Job?
  • 2013
  • Teaching to Transgress
  • Using Disability Law: A Practical Toolkit
  • 2012
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • So You Think You've Got a Case? What Every Attorney Should Know about Employment Law
  • 2012
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) 25th Annual Conference
  • Legislative and Arbitration Update (moderator)
  • 2012
  • International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Annual Conference
  • Employment Law and OCD Hooray for the ADA! Woo-Hoo for the FMLA!
  • 2010
  • California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Mind over Matter: Mental Health Disabilities, Law and Practice Tips
  • 2010
  • Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Annual Conference
  • The Law Is Finally on Your Side! Recent Changes in the ADA Can Help You Stay Employed and Insured: What People with OCD Need to Know
  • 2009
  • Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Annual Conference
  • OCD and the Law Getting: and Keeping a Job
  • 2008
  • Not Another Moment Lost to Seizures
  • Know Your Rights! Employment and Epilepsy
  • 2007
  • Navigating Narcolepsy: 2007 National Conference
  • Narcolepsy on the Job: Staying Employed & Staying Insured
  • 2007
  • California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • It's the Same but Different: Representing Federal Employoees
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (81)
Given (68)
Endorse Marilynn Mika
Discrimination Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Spencer on a case recently. What impressed me most was her tenaciousness when it came to obtaining compensation for her client. The case we worked on was one of disability discrimination, and although it appeared that there were some significant hurdles to overcome regarding the amount of damages, she pushed hard and was able to obtain a significant result for her client. Ms. Spencer has the knowledge, experience, and passion for representing workers that have suffered discrimination in the workplace. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you pertaining to a failure to accommodate a disability, wrongful termination, or other work-related discrimination, then you would do well to engage Ms. Spencer."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From her detailed and thoughtful responses on the avvo.com web site, it is clear that attorney Marilyn Mika Spencer knows employment and discrimination law inside and out, and has the right stuff."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Other
"When it comes to ethics and concern for clients, this attorney goes above and beyond, I highly endorse this attorney for legal representation. Not only are they a well respected member of their community but a respected member in the legal field."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marilynn Spencer is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show her commitment to serving clients very well. She is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mika stepped into cover a deposition for me on a very important matter. She was not only a quick study but she did a superb job. Her analysis of the matter was outstanding. Her grasp on how the deposition would impact my case was wholly impressive. Her works product was superb. I would highly recommend her"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marilynn Mika Spencer knows her stuff! If you need an employment law attorney, she's the one to call. There is a reason she's been named a Super Lawyer and San Diego Top Lawyer. Actually, there are many reasons! To name a few, she is helpful, straightforward, and genuinely likeable. I highly recommend Ms. Spencer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Spencer is an excellent attorney and provides detailed, thorough and comprehensive responses to questions. I highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Spender has made a substantial number of contributions on Avvo.com. I have looked over several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the pleasure of knowing Ms. Spencer through our membership in the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). Ms. Spencer is a veteran advocate for workers' rights, and a highly respected member of the plaintiffs' employment bar."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.For employment questions in the San Diego area she is one of the lawyers for clients to look to for the proper advisement. She provides specific and to the point answers that carefully address all issues raised by the inquiries received from the AVVO readers."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Spencer is a very experienced attorney in her field and is highly respected in her legal community. She has demonstrated depth of experience and knowledge with her long career of service to clients."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Spencer is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with her time and expertise. I recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mika Spencer. She is a highly respected litigator and top labor and employment law contributor on AVVO, a tireless source of insight and legal citation, and a wonderful human being. Mika is a true friend to employees in need of fast answers on AVVO."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! She is an asset to the AVVO and legal community."
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