Spencer is President of Clarke Silverglate, P.A., a business litigation law firm that he co-founded in 1993 with Mercer K. “Bud” Clarke after practicing several years with an AmLaw 100 law firm. Their vision was to provide clients Big Law competency with small firm attention and efficiency. The vision proved successful, and it continues to permeate every aspect of the Firm.
Spencer has a national reputation for handling complex business, insurance, and employment disputes and for defending high-stakes personal injury and product liability claims and mass and class actions. His litigation and trial practice extends throughout the State of Florida and beyond. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is consistently selected by a variety of publications as one of the top attorneys in South Florida and the United States. Who’s Who Legal has described Spencer as “an extremely well regarded lawyer” who “is looked upon with enormous favor by peers for his exceptional work in high-value product liability proceedings.”
Spencer also is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial and Employment Arbitrators. Spencer is a widely published author and frequent speaker on legal and non-legal topics. He is the author of the book Fight the Good Fight: A Battle Plan for Life.
Leadership and mentoring are among the core values of Clarke Silverglate. To that end, Spencer currently serves as President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Founded in 1920, the IADC has members who hail from six continents, 49 countries and territories, and all 50 U.S. states. Spencer also has served as Director of the IADC’s prestigious Trial Academy held at Stanford University Law School, a “learn by doing” trial advocacy boot camp for attorneys (not law students) led by some of the top trial lawyers in the country.
Spencer previously served as President of Florida Association of Managing Partners (FAMP), President of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA), Chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Employment and Labor Law Committee, Chair of the DRI Jury Preservation Task Force, Chair of the IADC Trial Tactics Committee, Chair of A Place in Time Christian Ministries, and Chair of multiple CLE and convention committees for various organizations. He is a prime member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), a legal organization which selects only one civil defense attorney per one million in population area. Spencer currently serves on the Boards of DRI and LCJ (Lawyers for Civil Justice). Best Lawyers Guide has named Spencer the best management-side employer lawyer in South Florida.
Spencer volunteers as a “big brother” with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and as a mentor to college students and young lawyers. He enjoys fitness, mountain biking, golf, and travel. He holds the rank of black belt in Atemi Ryu Jiu Jitsu. He lives in Weston, Florida with his wife, Kat, where together they raised their son Cameron, who now attends Yale Law School.
“Fight the good fight” is my personal motto and the title of a book I wrote about facing life’s hardships through the lens of faith. We all experience challenges; the question is how we respond to them. Will we shrink from the battle or engage it? And how will we fight? A good fight combines purpose, wisdom and courage: fighting for a worthy cause; fighting skillfully and within the rules; fighting hard to the end. These words resonate with attorneys who litigate for a living. May all of our fights be good fights.
Spencer is dedicated to his faith, his family, his friends and his law firm. He enjoys all things leadership, especially serving, teaching, mentoring, and learning. He is also a fanatic about fitness and recreation, particularly weight training, cycling, swimming, running, golfing, boating, scuba diving, hiking, and travel.