For more than 20 years, Randall Spencer has been protecting businesses that are involved in actual or threatened litigation. He has worked on behalf of corporations, law firms and most recently at his own Beverly Hills-based practice.
Mr. Spencer started his legal career in Chicago, where he was heavily involved in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and business litigation in the state and federal courts.
Mr. Spencer moved to Southern California to become the Assistant General Counsel of USA Petroleum, Inc, where he defended the company in civil litigation, retained and monitored the activities of outside counsel, and advised senior management on a wide array of issues involving company policy and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Spencer has a long history of handling appeals, writs and other unusually complex business litigation, including:
• Obtaining a reversal of a federal court judgment that dismissed a defendant for lack of personal jurisdiction.;
• Obtaining a reversal of a state trial court order that stayed enforcement of a money judgment on appeal, without the requirement of posting an appeal bond.
• Settling employment litigation on appeal after the trial attorney was placed on involuntary inactive enrollment by the California State Bar.
• Settling on appeal an award of attorney fees in favor of one faction of a commercial/residential project organized under the Davis-Stirling Commonn Interest Development Act;
• Obtaining a reversal of federal court judgment that dismissed a lawsuit for improper venue.
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 publications regarding Multidistrict Litigation in federal courts have spanned more than 20 years. His first article on this topic appeared in the September 1984 issue of the Los Angeles Lawyer. His most recent article on the subject appears in two parts in the January and April 2008 issues of “New Matter”, the official publication of the State Bar section 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.
Recently, Mr. Spencer drafted a revision to Code of Civil Procedure, section 1856 (the Parol Evidence Rule) that deals with the interpretation of contracts. The California General Assembly and the State Senate passed Mr. Spencer’s revision unanimously and the revision was signed in to law by Gov. Jerry Brown on August 12, 2013.
Mr. Spencer also is active in Bar Association activities. In 2009, he served as delegate to the conference of California Bar Associations. He also is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Appellate Courts section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Council of Appellate Lawyers of the American Bar Association.