While attending the University of Michigan, Spencer initially prepared for a career in medicine but pivoted to political science and pre-law studies. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he pursued his Juris Doctor at Michigan State University College of Law. In addition to earning various academic awards, he channeled his science background into research regarding product liability theories associated with General Motors’ defective ignition switches. His work culminated in a published article that he co-authored with Professor Nicholas Wittner, who was previously the head of the Product Group in Nissan North America’s Legal Department.
Spencer also supplemented his classroom learning with practical experience. He assisted indigent clients with landlord-tenant disputes as an intern with Legal Aid of Western Michigan, and he served as a student attorney – including sitting second chair for five criminal jury trials – while interning with the District Attorney’s Office in El Paso County, Colorado.
After his admission to the practice, Spencer joined a small litigation firm where he drafted a majority of the managing partner’s pleadings, motions, and briefs, and eventually managed a docket of more than 70 cases involving motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, and police brutality claims.
When he’s not in the office, Spencer spends time running, playing golf, and traveling to Colorado, where he continues to chase his goal of climbing each of the “Fourteeners,” the state’s 54 Rocky Mountain peaks with elevations of at least 14,000 feet.