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Oliver Spencer is a Seattle estate planning lawyer, Seattle real estate lawyer, and Seattle landlord-tenant lawyer. He has thirteen years of experience as an attorney practicing in these areas of the law. He has also volunteered as a mediator for disputes in the King County District Court’s Small Claims Court in Seattle for landlord-tenant, commercial, construction, towing, breach of contract, personal injury, and merchant-consumer disputes, and is a graduate of the King County Dispute Resolution Center’s Mediation Practicum.

He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Walnut Hills High School. He graduated Cum Laude from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He majored in journalism and double minored in French language and Asian Studies. After undergraduate school he worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter for SESH Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio before moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington School of Law. He is one of the founding members of the Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Washington School of Law.

He worked as an attorney for K&L Gates, LLP, formerly Preston, Gates & Ellis, LLP and Bank of America, Probate And Wealth Transmission Department in Seattle, Washington. He worked as an attorney for the Law Offices of James Deal, the Law Offices of David Reed, and the Law Offices of Ricardo Vasquez in Seattle, Washington. He worked for the Law Offices of Stanley Byrd and the Law Offices of Kathryn Ellis in Seattle, Washington. He worked for Landesa, formerly the Rural Development Institute, University of Washington Student Legal Services, and the Northwest Indian Law Center at Northwest Justice Project in Seattle, Washington. He worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines, Legal Operation, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, the Prison Reform Advocacy Center, the Office of former Cincinnati Vice Mayor Tyrone Yates, and the Law Offices of Stephen Felson in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His free time is spent with his family and friends. He enjoys swimming, tennis, taekwondo, hiking, film, theater, music, news, books, writing, and the study of language. He has language abilities in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin.

He studied French language and culture at the Institute of Touraine in Tours, France. He was a Capitol Scholar from the State of Ohio at the Office of the Corporation Counsel, General Litigation Division, in Washington, D.C. He received the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office Scholarship from the Ministry of Education of the Government of Taiwan to study Mandarin Chinese at Taiwan Normal University (Shi Da) in Taipei, Taiwan.


Languages spoken: Mandarin, French, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 34%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 33%
    14 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 33%
    14 years



Hourly ($200/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joanna Teanini Roth

    I have known Oliver for over 10 years. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer, who cares deeply about his clients. I recommend Oliver.


    Joanna Roth Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. Oliver is one of the smartest and hardest working people I know. I would trust him to represent me, and I have full confidence he will represent a client well.


    Ellen Yoon Family Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Oliver Spencer, Attorney At Law, PLLC

1833 North 105th Street, Suite 101
Seattle, WA, 98133-8973


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Taipei Economic And Cultural Representative Office ScholarshipTaipei Economic And Cultural Representative Office2000
NABJ ScholarshipNABJ1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
attorneyLaw Offices of Oliver Spencer, Attorney At Law, PLLC2004 - Present
attorneyPreston, Gates & Ellis, LLP (now K&L Gates)2003 - 2004
attorneyBank of America, Private Bank Trust And Wealth Transfer Services2003 - 2003
attorneyLaw Offices of Ricardo Vasquez2002 - 2002
attorneyLaw Offices of David Reed2002 - 2004
attorneyLaw Offices of James Deal2002 - 2004
law clerkLaw Offices of Stanley Byrd2002 - 2002
law clerkLaw Offices of Kathryn Ellis2002 - 2002
law clerkFelson & Felson2001 - 2001
law clerkUniversity of Washington Student Legal Services2001 - 2001
internNorthwest Justice Project, Northwest Indian Law Center1999 - 2000
law clerkRural Development Institute1999 - 2000
internPrison Reform Advocacy Center1998 - 1998
internOffice Of The Corporation Counsel, General Litigation Division, District of Columbia Government1998 - 1998
reporterSESH Communications1997 - 1998
internDinsmore & Shohl, LLP1996 - 1996
internOffice of Cincinnati Vice Mayor Tyrone Yates1995 - 1996
internGeneral Electric Aircraft Engines, Legal Operation1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionMember2016 - Present
Loren Miller Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - Present
King County Bar Association, Diversity CommitteeCommittee Member2013 - Present
University of Washington School of Law Mentorship ProgramMentor2005 - Present
Legal Voice, formerly Northwest Women's Law CenterN/A2004 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Loren Miller Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
King County Dispute Resolution CenterGraduate, Mediation Practicum Program2014 - 2016
King County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral CommitteeCommittee Member2013 - 2016
Lekha School of Creative WritingInstructor, Summer Camp2012 - 2012
City of Seattle, Seattle Serves And Shares Safety Task ForceTask Force Member2012 - 2015
King County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Service Committeecommittee member2010 - 2010
King County Bar Association, Ethnic Diversity In The Legal Profession CommitteeCo-Chair2006 - 2007
Seattle University School of Law Mentorship ProgramMentor2006 - 2006
King County Bar Associaton Family Law Mentorship ProgramMentee2005 - 2005
Loren Miller Bar Association Mentorship ProgramMentor2005 - 2006
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program Planning Committeecommittee member2004 - 2004
University of Washington School of LawAlumni Ambassador2001 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Cincinnati Heraldvarious articles1998
Ohio University PostCircle Breaks Barriers, Sheds Light1996
Ohio University PostFrench Study Abroad Offerings Change1996
Southeast Ohio MagazineA People In Motion1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Ohio UniversityjournalismOther - Bachelors1997
Institute of TouraineFrench language and cultureN/AN/A
Taiwan Normal UniversityMandarin ChineseN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Small And Solo Firm Practice ClassSmall And Solo Firm Practice2016
Small And Solo Firm Practice ClassSmall And Solo Firm Practice2015
Small And Solo Practice ClassSmall And Solo Practice Class2014
Small And Solo Practice ClassSolo And Small Firm Practice2013
Youth And The Law ForumLandlord-Tenant Law2012
Small And Solo Practice ClassSolo And Small Firm Practice2012
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program Committee•Presentation, Facilitator, Washington State Bar Association, Washington Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program2005