My approach to the law is practical and focused on providing real-world solutions for business needs.
Spencer practices in litigation and dispute resolution, which involves:
- contract disputes
- employment disputes
- shareholder litigation
- builders’ liens and construction disputes
- debt recovery
His clients include employees, employers, builders, owners, condominium corporations, and other individuals and businesses.
Spencer has appeared successfully before the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. He has also participated in alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediation and arbitration.
- 2013 University of Manitoba, JD
- 2011 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, International Business Law and Human Rights Law exchange program
- 2010 McGill University, MA
- 2008 University of Winnipeg, BA (Honours)
- 2014 Alberta
- Drafting, review, and analysis of employment agreements across a variety of industries, including executive agreements, independent contractor agreements, and consulting agreements.
- Drafting, review, and analysis of employment policies, including profit sharing programs, bonus policies, share distribution plans, privacy and confidential information policies, and other matters.
- Drafting, review, and analysis of termination provisions and restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-solicitation, and intellectual property provisions or agreements.
- Successful negotiation, litigation, mediation, and arbitration of a variety of employment disputes acting for both employees and employers, including severance negotiations, terminations for cause and without cause, disputed bonus or share rights, and enforcement of restrictive covenants, such as non-competition and non-solicitation provisions or agreements.
- Lead counsel for a contested Freedom of Information Request for proprietary industry data from an international engineering firm.
- Lead counsel concerning an alleged privacy breach investigated by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta.
- Counsel on a successful application in commercial court for contested seizure and disbursement of assets arising from various oil and gas working interests.
- Co-counsel for contested, multi-day arbitration with expert evidence involving intellectual property disputes over drilling mud formulations as between a junior oil and gas producer based in Alberta and a large global corporation.
- Successfully negotiated contested dissolution of a franchise agreement for a local restaurateur.
- Successfully negotiated and mediated purchase and sale of a variety of business, including accounting practices and a financial services practice for parties working at a national bank in Canada.
- Lead counsel on a variety of contested shareholder and partnership disputes, including shareholder oppression cases involving closely held, family businesses.
- Counsel and co-counsel for a national retailer respecting bodily injury claims.
- Counsel for insurer on a complex multi-vehicle highway accident with various personal injury and property damage claims.
Real estate litigation
- Lead counsel for condominium corporation for a three-day arbitration with expert evidence regarding building envelope deficiencies.
- Lead counsel on successful negotiation and removal of approximately $2 million of lien claims on a commercial project involving a failed general contractor.
- Second counsel on complex construction dispute respecting delay damages of $13.5 million relating to construction of a high-rise office tower in Calgary.
- Advised numerous clients, including contractors, developers, and landowners respecting builders’ lien claims on residential and commercial projects.
- Advised a number of condominium corporations regarding constructing deficiencies and resulting litigation, arbitration or settlement of such disputes.
HONOURS AND AWARDS
- Top of Class, Advanced Advocacy, University of Manitoba, 2013
- Top of Class, Human Rights Law, University of Manitoba, 2013
- Top-three individuals Oralist, Davis LLP Corporate Securities Moot Court Competition, University of Manitoba, 2013
- Winner of Solomon Greenburg Moot Court Competition, University of Manitoba, 2013
- Graduate Fellowship, McGill University, 2008-2010
- Canadian Bar Association
- Calgary Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
- Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
- Entrepreneurs Organization Accelerator Program, Calgary Chapter
- Keys to Recovery Society
- Board of directors, 2014-present
- Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education
- Volunteer, 2015-2017
- Queen’s Bench Amicus Project
- Volunteer, 2018-present
- Keys to Recovery Society
- Teaching Roles & Speaking Engagements
Understanding and Managing Your Severance Obligations: How to protect your business and your people
Entrepreneurs' Organization Accelerator Program (Calgary Chapter), "People" Learning Day, February 2020
People and Your Practice
Patterson Dental, April 2019