Spencer graduated from law school in 1983 and received a two-year appointment as law clerk to the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., who was then the Chief Judge of the federal court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Federal clerkships are among the most sought after appointments by law graduates.
After his clerkship, Spencer joined Martin & Jones and began private practice handling personal injury and product liability claims. Soon after joining the firm, he began to represent clients with asbestos diseases and within a few years, hundreds of injured workers had asked him to represent them in asbestos lawsuits against some of the largest corporations in America. Clients from more than 20 states have hired Spencer and Martin & Jones to represent them over the past two decades. Spencer has tried asbestos cases in many states, sometimes trying groups of cases together in order to obtain the most fair compensation for his clients.
Spencer is active in a number of professional associations. He is the past President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and now serves as a state delegate from North Carolina to the American Association for Justice. He has served on the board of directors of Legal Aid of North Carolin (LANC) since 2011. He is a member of the Academy of Trial Advocates and has recently become a member in The American Trial Lawyers Association, one of only 100 lawyers in North Carolina to be invited. Spencer is frequently invited to speak at seminars on legal issues, especially those issues relating to trying lawsuits against corporate defendants.
Spencer is licensed to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Georgia. He has been voted a North Carolina Super Lawyer every year since its inception. Spencer has also been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2009. In addition to his work with asbestos victims, Spencer also handles civil rights cases, railroad litigation and product liability claims.