Mr. Spencer began his legal career in Chicago, where he was heavily involved in business litigation, creditor’s rights, and civil appeals in the state and federal courts. Mr. Spencer then moved to Southern California to become Assistant General Counsel to USA Petroleum, Inc., where he represented the company in civil litigation. Mr. Spencer has a long history of handling civil appeals, including:
– Obtaining the reversal of a federal court judgment that dismissed a defendant for lack of personal jurisdiction;
– Settling employment litigation on appeal after the client’s trial attorney was placed on involuntary inactive enrollment by the California State Bar;
– Obtaining the reversal of a federal court judgment that dismissed a defendant for improper venue; and
– Obtaining the reversal of a state trial court order that stayed the enforcement of a judgment on appeal, without requiring an appeal bond.
Mr. Spencer has been an attorney of record in several published appeals in Illinois and California and has argued successfully in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits.
Mr. Spencer has authored several articles. His articles on federal Multidistrict Litigation have spanned almost 25 years. His first article on this topic appeared in the September, 1984 issue of the Los Angeles Lawyer. He has since authored a two-part article on the subject that appears in the January and April 2008 issues of “New Matter,” the official publication of the California State Bar on Intellectual Property. Mr. Spencer also is a contributor to a book on Multidistrict Litigation. In 2010, Mr. Spencer authored an article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on Class Actions.
In 2013, Mr. Spencer drafted an amendment to section 1856 of California’s Code of Civil Procedure (the Parol Evidence Rule) that concerns the interpretation of Contracts. The California General Assembly and State Senate passed Mr. Spencer’s amendment unanimously and the amendment was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Mr. Spencer also is active in Bar Association Activities. In 2009, he served as a delegate to the Conference of California Bar Associations. He also is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and the Appellate Courts section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.