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Spencer Nathan Thal

Discrimination Attorney at Poulsbo, WA

4.8   105 reviews

Licensed for 32 years

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From your first contact, you will reach me personally--not an associate, paralegal or legal assistant.  You will have direct access throughout the representation relationship because I am committed to ensuring that you receive prompt, clear, and effective representation.  

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 3 ...

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Licensed for 32 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 02/01/2023
State OR
Status Inactive
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/11/2022

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

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Spencer Nathan Thal
9125 - 15th Place South
Seattle, WA, 98108
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  105 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Spencer received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Julie | January 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guidance and very responsive
Based on his incredible experience, I went with Spencer to help advise me on an employment issue. He was very thorough, and extremely responsive. It's hard when you face the unknown in your employment and having someone who is responsive and knowledgeable is really helpful.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Human Resources Director
Spencer’s in-depth experience and knowledge around employment law was critical to the success of my case. He handled my situation with grace and was able to articulate all of the options before me so I could make an educated decision. Without his assistance, I would’ve not gotten the result I did. His responsiveness is really what blew me away. He didn’t hesitate to respond to all of my inquiries and was patient with all of the questions I had. Grateful for his guidance during a very challenging time. Will recommend him and his firm to others!
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Posted by Emily | August 18, 2022
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Trial Win!
Spencer Thal took my employment lawsuit to trial and won! I called Spencer about a year ago because I was facing gender based wage discrimination at work. I told him what I knew and shared some documents with him, and he immediately took my case. He filed suit against my employer and began the process of collecting evidence. He deposed a key witness who revealed information that helped my case, and also conducted extensive discovery, which again yielded documents that greatly helped my case. Despite an offer of a small settlement, we decided to take the case to trial, and we won! Words cannot express how I felt when a jury of my peers decided in my favor, and I have Spencer to thank for that. He got me justice! Spencer was an excellent advocate for me from start to finish. He truly believed in the validity of my case, treated me with respect, and used his years of experience as an employment lawyer to successfully navigate the trial. The judge listened to his arguments and made decisions in our favor multiple times. He was able to get key evidence admitted despite efforts from opposing counsel to keep it away from the jury. He caught witnesses for the defense in lies and was able to impeach them on the stand. And finally, after the trial was over and we had won, he secured an agreement from opposing counsel not to appeal. My only regret is that I did not call Spencer 3 years ago, when my problems at work began. If you suspect that your rights are being violated, I strongly encourage you to contact Spencer Thal.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend & would hire again
Spencer is knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with. He helped me get through a bad situation with favorable results. I am very happy with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I’m grateful for Spencer Thal’s consultation!
Spencer assisted me in reviewing a confidential settlement while also providing clear advice on the content and timing being right. Anyone looking for a straightforward, caring, knowledgeable, patient, skilled and well-respected attorney in an employment matter, Spencer Thal is your guy.
Posted by Danielle | June 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Approachable and Experienced Attorney
Spencer expertly guided me through my options and always treated me with dignity and respect. I am grateful for the positive outcome that he enabled me to reach with my former employer.
Posted by Nancy | June 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome -- Five Stars!
I've known Spencer and worked with him first around 1994. Spencer is extremely intelligent, has great credentials, is kind and straightforward, and provides excellent representation. Recently, when I needed an attorney for representation on an employment issue, I turned to Spencer, and he was fantastic. He was the first to respond to my inquiry, was fast, timely, continually responsive, transparent, professional, and gave excellent legal advice and strategy. We resolved my employment situation quickly with excellent results. I truly cannot say enough good things about his legal work. Five stars across the board.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2022
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Five Star Review
My experience working with Spencer was great! He was knowledgeable, quick to respond and responded to all of my worries. He was great at listening to my concerns and describing my options moving forward. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Elise | May 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Employment Separation Wizard
Spencer stepped in and offered me wonderful support, advice and took the worry out of the situation for me. He always responded quickly and without judgement! While I hope to not need an attorney again any time soon, I will recommend Spencer to anyone who needs an Employment Attorney and of course use him in the future.
Posted by Walter | April 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hands Down, Spencer Thal Delivers!
Spencer Thal has represented me, consulted on issues, or even given legal advice over the shortest of discussions. I've given him the details of my situation(s) and he was on the job with wisdom, knowledge, and background details identifying the mis-steps of my employer, all in action well above and beyond the average attorney. Spencer Thal lead the legal team for an employment issue I had and I came out prevailing all the way around due to Spencer's due diligence and hard work ethic. These are the reasons I call him back for guidance and will do so again.
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Posted by Jane | March 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Five Star Review
I came to need a lawyer in a situation that was very emotionally stressful. Spencer was a really good listener, and very kindly and directly let me know when l needed to calm down during our phone meetings. He was clear in his explanations and patient with my questions. When the outcome of the court hearing was not in my favor, Spencer quickly set the wheels in motion to file for an appeal.
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Posted by Teri | March 29, 2022
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Transparent, Thorough and Diligent Attorney
I was connected with Spencer by my original attorney, who took a job with the state after nearly three years as my attorney. Spencer of Vanguard Law took over as my attorney, and he and his team were honest, transparent, and thorough in handling my case. He apprised me of all details in the moment as things progressed to the mediation hearing. I wish I had hired Spencer initially as my attorney! If you seek an efficient and experienced attorney who will do his diligence to seek justice for a wrongful termination/discrimination employment matter. I highly recommend hiring Spencer Thal, Vanguard Law.
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Posted by Beau | March 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car accident
Working with Spencer took a lot of stress out of this case for me. He was very helpful and easy to work with. Spencer was respectful and mindful of my needs, and clearly communicated what was going on through every step of the process. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my case and would highly recommend him to anyone else in need of a lawyer. I am grateful that he was recommended to me.
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Posted by JAMES | March 26, 2022
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Spencer is the finest attorney I have had the pleasure of working with!
I have worked professionally with Spencer for nearly 30 years. He is extremely intelligent and has an excellent education. His command of the law and his advocacy on behalf of his clients, in my experience, is exemplary. You can do no better than Spencer and his associates - I highly recommend him and his firm.
Posted by John | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!
Awesome attorney! Fast response and very professional! Helped us resolve an outstanding issue very quickly.
Posted by Lance | February 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Spencer is a very knowledgeable and talented attorney. His confidence makes you feel confident that he has your best interest at heart. His approach and guidance was extremely effective when dealing with my case. He instilled a sense of confidence by laying out the facts to help me make well informed decisions. He was very responsive, resourceful and professional. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Valerie | February 2, 2022
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Why choose him to represent you?
He listened to me, reviewed the facts, and was honest with me. He stood up with me and never made me feel like I was alone in the process. His team is just as great! If I ever have a future need I would consult/hire him again.
Posted by Shannon | January 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Probate/Executor Legal
I hired Spencer to take care of my dads probate. It was something I had never went through before and had no idea what to do. Spencer was a huge help, not only was he kind and compassionate to the situation he answered every question no matter how repetitive, and was very quick to respond. I will be sending everyone I know who finds themselves in this situation to Spencer.
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Posted by Marcus | November 16, 2021
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The Best of the Best!
Not only was Spencer and his associates caring and professional thought the entire process, he also exceeded our expectations through the negotiation process. I would highly recommend Spencer and his Team to anyone.
Posted by Tauave | November 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super!
Great to work with and wouldn’t have it any other way! I would recommend him to represent you and yours/tho with my Family and Friends as well!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Labor Relations Counsel
  • Air Line Pilots Association
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Managing Attorney
  • Vanguard Law
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Managing Partner
  • Swedlow Thal, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • General Counsel
  • Teamsters Local Union No. 117
  • 1996 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Schwerin Campbell Barnard
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Heller Ehrman
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • Oxford University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1994
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1990
  • Oxford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Race Discrimination
  • Significant Settlement
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Significant Settlement
  • Teamsters Local 117 v State of Washington
  • Victory
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Associations

  • Public Employment Relations Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Washington State Bar Asssociation
  • Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Section
  • 2003 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Appointment to Public Employment Relations Commission
  • Governor Jay Inslee
  • 2018
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Columbia Law School
  • 1989

Publications

  • Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
  • The Inequality of Bargaining Doctrine
  • 1986

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference
  • Labor and Employment Law Meets Contract (CBA)
  • 2018
  • Washington Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference
  • Advanced Contract Negotiations
  • 2017
  • Washington Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference
  • Grievance, Gripe or Unfair Labor Practice
  • 2016
  • Washington Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference
  • Advanced Collective Bargaining
  • 2015
  • Teamsters Local 959 Steward Seminar
  • Contract Negotiations and Enforcement
  • 2015
  • Washington Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference
  • Contract Negotiations: Layers of Players
  • 2013
  • Training Academy
  • Union Representation
  • 2012
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Information Technology and Employee Rights
  • 2011
  • LERA Conference
  • Negotiation Ethics
  • 2010
  • Washington Labor and Employment Relations
  • Advanced Contract Interpretation
  • 2009
  • Teamsters Leadership Academy
  • Advanced Arbitration
  • 2009
  • Warehouse Division Conference
  • Bargaining and Costing Contracts
  • 2008
  • LERA Conference
  • Hard Bargaining and Bad Faith
  • 2007
  • Washington LERA
  • Negotiating Economics
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Spencer
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Spencer. He has proven himself to be extremely knowledgeable and effective counsel. He is also very responsive to communications being sure to inform you of major developments every step of the way. Spencer will be my first contact for possible referrals of plaintiff side employment related matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Spencer at several different public agencies. He is a zealous advocate for his clients, but also fair and reasonable. If you're looking for legal counsel on labor & employment matters, look no further."
Personal injury Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without reservation, I endorse Spencer. He is straightforward, honest, and easy to work with both as a lawyer and as a client of his. He has a talent for getting insurance companies to respond and negotiate in PI cases, and his wealth of knowledge in labor cases is formidable."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Spencer is an excellent, creative and highly experienced labor and employment attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Spencer is one of the best (if not the best) employment attorneys in the Seattle area. He is like a ninja, only faster and smarter. Employers respect him and some employers fear him because they know he will go to the mat for workers. Spencer will use legal jiu jitsu on employers, stunning them into submission and creating victory for Spencer’s smart, hard-working clients. Wise workers have Spencer in their corner."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Spencer is a brilliant attorney. I endorse him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Spencer on Bar-related matters and cases. He is smart, committed and great fun to work with. I would trust him implicitly to represent me."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Spencer and his work for almost 20 years. I can unreservedly recommend him for his professionalism, expertise, honesty and work ethic. Any worker who is in need of legal services would be well-advised to give Spencer a call."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Avvo will only let me endorse Spencer Thal in one category which is unfortunate because in addition to being a fantastic labor and employment lawyer, he is also a highly capable personal injury attorney. Spencer has a razor sharp mind and consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients. I am proud to call Spencer a top notch lawyer, a partner and a friend."
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Poulsbo Discrimination Lawyer Spencer Nathan Thal
Spencer Nathan Thal
Discrimination Attorney
Poulsbo, WA
Licensed for 32 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available