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Spencer C. Young is an employment, civil rights and personal injury litigation attorney. The majority of his practice is dedicated to representing employees in employment disputes and individuals in select personal injury cases. He also counsels employers and businesses in employment, contract breach and commercial litigation matters.

Personal Background & Undergraduate Education

Spencer was born in Berkeley, California and raised in nearby Piedmont. He graduated with honors from Piedmont High School in June, 1994. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1994 to 1998. He worked for a small law firm in New Orleans in 1996. He also attended Cambridge University in Cambridge, England, and London School of Economics (LSE) in London, England in the spring of 1997. He worked for Edward, Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson in London while studying at LSE. Spencer graduated from Tulane with honors and a Bachelor of Arts from Newton College, including a double major in political science and philosophy, in May, 1998.

Early Work Experience and Professional Education

From July, 1998 to December, 1999, Spencer was a paralegal in the labor and employment department of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP in New York City. In 2000, he was a paralegal in the compliance department of ING Bank and a bartender at the Thirsty Scholar on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.

Spencer moved back to the East Bay in December, 2000. He was a paralegal in the environmental section at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP (currently Sedgwick, LLP) in San Francisco from January, 2001 to August, 2001.

Spencer attended Golden Gate University School of Law from fall 2001 to spring 2004. He studied business at GGU’s Ageno School of Business from fall 2002 to spring 2004. While studying at GGU, Spencer worked for Aids Legal Referral Panel, GGU’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, Federal Magistrate Judge Maria Elena-James, and her husband, Commissioner Newton J. Lam.

Spencer graduated with a Juris Doctor and a Masters of Business Administration in May, 2004. He was the first person at GGU to graduate with a joint J.D./M.B.A. in only three years. He graduated with honors in both programs, and was awarded “Outstanding Student” by Judge James and GGU Honors Lawyering Program faculty and staff in 2004.

Associations and Licensed Attorney Work Experience

Spencer passed the California State Bar Exam in 2005. He immediately joined the San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association, the National Lawyers’ Guild, California Employment Lawyers’ Association, National Employment Lawyers’ Association, and was admitted to practice in Northern District Federal Court.

During Spencer’s employment with the Law Office of Mary Dryovage in 2005, Spencer represented federal employees in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and co-chaired a discrimination trial in front of Chief Justice Patel in Northern District Federal Court. In January, 2006, Spencer opened his private practice in Oakland, California, where he remains to this day.

Over the past decade, Spencer has represented hundreds of clients in California State Courts, Northern District Federal Court, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the California Public Employees Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. He is currently an active member of the California State Bar Association, California State Bar Labor & Employment Section, Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association, and California Employment Lawyers’ Association. He also attends local Trial Lawyers’ College events and is on the leadership of Success Link, an Oakland chapter of Business Networking International.

Spencer has ten years of experience litigating wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, wage and hour disputes, premises liability, vehicle accidents, contract breach, and other labor, employment and commercial cases. His legal experience and law practice management skills date back to 1996. In 2011, Spencer was a speaker at the California Employment Lawyers’ Association panel for work and life balance.

In his spare time, Spencer enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, camping, hunting and practicing martial arts. He completed a six year yoga, mediation and martial arts program with his teacher in Berkeley, California and Phu Reua, Thailand in November, 2010. Spencer applies the fundamental principles of warriorship – loyalty and selfless service – to his clients and their causes throughout California. He is widely considered a “polite bulldog” that achieves “spectacular” results. He has a long list of thrilled clients who have posted their reviews on Yelp and Avvo. Spencer can be reached by phone at (510) 645-1585 and by email at


Languages spoken: Spanish, French

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 24%
    11 years
  2. Personal Injury: 24%
    11 years
  3. Employment: 24%
    11 years
  4. Dog Bite: 23%
  5. Sex Crime: 5%



Hourly ($225-425/hour), contingent (25-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Spencer. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Spencer C. Young

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA, 94612-1427

Law Offices of Spencer C. Young

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA, 94612-1427



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor in Employment LawAvvo2014
Volunteer Appreciation AwardAids Legal Referral Panel2014
Superhero AwardAids Legal Referral Panel2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
Superhero AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel2012
Superhero AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel2011
Superhero AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel2009
Outstanding VolunteerAIDS Legal Referral Panel2008
Superhero AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel2007
Superhero AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel2006
Cum LaudeGolden Gate Law School2004
Magna Cum LaudeGolden Gate Business School2004
Honors Lawyering Program Student of the YearGolden Gate University School of Law2004
Literature and the LawCALI2002
Legal Research and WritingCALI2001
Cum LaudeTulane University1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Spencer C. Young2006 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Mary Dryovage2005 - 2005
Legal InternU. S. District Court, Northern Dist. Of California2003 - 2003
Legal InternGolden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic2002 - 2002
Legal ExternAids Legal Referral Panel2001 - 2001
ParalegalSedrick Detert Moran & Arnold2000 - 2000
ParalegalMorgan Lewis & Bockius1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2013 - Present
BNIMember2011 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
San Francisco Trials Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - 2005
National Lawyers GuildStudent Member2001 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Six-Figure Settlement for Retaliation and Disability DiscriminationSix-Figure settlement
2 Six-Figure Settlements for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation2 Six-Figure Settlements
Five-Figure Settlement for Disability Discrimination and RetaliationFive-Figure settlement - Client kept his job
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Golden Gate UniversityMBAMasters of Business Administration2004
Tulane University Law SchoolPhilosophy and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeBay Area TLC TrainingsContinuing EducationN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Success LinkEmployment Law 1012013
California Employment Lawyers AssociationWork Life Balance2012
Point Richmond Center for the ArtsBasic Art and Intellectual Property Law2011
Abundant Referral CirclePreserving Evidence for Personal Injury Cases2011