Lawyer Providing Business Law, Litigation, Arbitration and Representation Before Government Agencies
Thomas R. Spencer
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- Business Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Administrative Hearings and Appeals
- Judicial Review
- Constitutional Law
- Civil Appeals
- Appellate Practice
- FINRA Arbitration
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- International Arbitration
- International Dispute Resolution
- Florida Bar and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1969
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1973
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- District of Columbia Bar, 1982
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Tax Court
- University of Miami, J.D.
Associations and memberships
Dade County, Federal, American and International Bar Associations; District of Columbia Bar; The Florida Bar; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; The Republican Lawyers Association; The Federalist Society; Foreign Trade Association; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Biography: Phi Delta Theta (President); Pi Sigma Alpha; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa. Member: National Moot Court Team; Inns of Court. Dean’s Merit Scholar; Sturges Scholar. Listed, Who’s Who in America. Editor-in-Chief, University of Miami Law Review, 1968 – 1969. Author: “Jury Trials in Commercial Cases,” Florida Bar Journal, March 1982; “Florida Small Business Practice,” Florida Bar 1987; “Florida Pleading Guide;” “Culture of Deceit;” “The Tollgate Conspiracy;” “Blame the Lawyers;” “Miami Vice;” “Shark Tales;” “Will the Elephant Ever Learn;” “Counting Votes,” edited by Robert Watson. President: Student Body Government, University of Miami, 1965 – 1966; Iron Arrow, 1967 – 1969. Member, Presidential Student Advisory Committee, (Lyndon B. Johnson), 1966. Administrative Assistant, Congressman Charles E. Bennett, Florida 1966 – 1967. Intern, House Armed Services Committee. Arbitrator: American Arbitration Association, 1975 – 1990; Supreme Court of Florida qualified, 2005. Chairman, Keep Dade Beautiful, Inc. President, Society of Wig and Robe. Founder and Chairman, Film Society of Miami, Inc., Miami Film Festival. President, University of Miami Alumni Association: City of Miami Task Force (Chairman). Chairman, Players State Theater; Founding Chairman, Coconut Grove Playhouse. Member: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; British American Chamber of Commerce; American Security Council Foundation; Citizens Board, University of Miami; World Jurist Association; The Atlantic Circle; Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers of America; Republican Lawyers Association; Council for National Policy; National Lawyers Association; Supreme Court of the United States Historical Society; Heritage Foundation; President’s Club, Republican National Committee; Dade County Republican Party, Executive Committee. Life Member, Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Director: Association of Former Intelligence Officers; Finance Committee Bush-Cheney. Chair, National Business Intelligence Symposium, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. Co-Chair, Alliance for Ethical Government. Counsel, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. President, Miami Dade Chapter of Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Chairman: National Symposium on Business Intelligence and Law; American Bar Association, National Security Committee. U.S. State Department Commendation, Council of International Visitors, 2002; U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 3-2. Former Member, University of Miami Board of Trustees. Former Chairman, State Theater of Florida, Miami.
Married to Heather McCarn Spencer, two children, two granddaughters. Mr. Spencer was a partner in Myers, Kenin, a business law firm (Miami, Florida), from 1969 to 1982. He was managing partner. In 1982, Spencer & Klein, P.A. was formed and Spencer was Senior managing partner from April 1982 – April 2005. Mr. Spencer has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell and practices commercial law. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent lawyers. In 2003, Mr. Spencer was listed as one of the top lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide. Mr. Spencer is now in private practice in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Spencer’s cases are featured or described in the following books: Shark Tales by Ron Liebman Legal Terrorism by Dr. Sue Huck Honored and Betrayed by Gen. Richard Secord (USAF, Ret.) Hazardous Duty, General John K. Singlaub (USA, Ret.) At Any Cost, Sammon Broadway by The Bay, Carol Cohan University of Miami, Golden History, Tebeau Too Close To Call, Jeffrey Toobin Counting Votes, Robert P. Watson, White House Studies The First Lady, Peter Flaherty Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton The Clinton Wars, Sidney Blumenthal Castro Obsession – Don Bohning. Mr. Spencer has appeared on CNN, Fox News (Brit Hume Show), C-Span and CBS and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Insight Magazine and The Washington Times. He is a frequent editorial contributor to the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and other publications.
Mr. Spencer was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Judicial Nominating Commission in August 2001. He is now the Chair of the Commission (3rd District Court of Appeal of Florida). Mr. Spencer is a former member Executive Committee member of the Republican Party, member, Finance Committee, Bush/Cheney; Co-Counsel, Miami-Dade Republican Party; Republican Lawyers Association; Chair, South Florida McCollum for U.S. Senate (2000); Lawyers for Bush/Cheney; Finance Committee, Bush/Brogan 2002. Mr. Spencer served as co-counsel for Bush/Cheney in the Florida Recount 2000. He is an election lawyer and frequently lectures on election law and litigation. He is a member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Mr. Spencer was appointed by the Bush Administration to the Presidential Rank Review Board of the Office of Personnel Management, 2001. Mr. Spencer received the David Atlee Phillips Award 2001 from the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. The Award is made to an individual who advances the interests of the American Intelligence Community. He is the founding President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Theodore Shackley Chapter (South Florida). Mr. Spencer headed the Miami-Dade Legal Team for Bush/Brogan 2002 and was Deputy Chief for the State of Florida. He was appointed by the County Manager in 2003 to the Select Committee to select the Elections Supervisor for Miami-Dade County. After the events of September 11, 2001, Mr. Spencer, joined the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7. He was a National Staff Officer for Strategic Planning. In 2004, Mr. Spencer received the Admiral’s Commendation Ribbon for work in assisting in the creation of Operation on Guard (America’s Waterway Watch). Mr. Spencer was recognized as a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security by Secretary Ridge on March 1, 2003. He is was member of the Board of Governors, Republican National Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Federalist Society Board of Directors (Miami Chapter). He is a member of InfraGard, Federal Bureau of Investigation (civilian); Founding Chairman of the Association for Intelligence Officers, Ted Shackley Chapter. Mr. Spencer was special counsel, Bush-Cheney ’04. Spencer served on the Transition Team of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chair of the Interim Term Transition Review Committee of Attorney General Bill McCollum. On April 5, 2007, he was awarded a Special Commendation by the Commandant of the Coast Guard for his role in program he and others developed which led to the arrest and conviction of a terrorist who targeted Miami and New York. Mr. Spencer is the President of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Mr. Spencer and co-author Fred Rustmann, Jr. published their “Under Attack The State Secrets Privilege” in the Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies-The Intelligencer/ Winter/ Spring Edition, 2010. Fellow: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Bush v. Gore 531 U.S. 98 (2000); Mr. Spencer was on the Recount Team for George W. Bush and was the Election Monitor cited by the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore, 531, U.S. 98 at page 106 (2000); Mr. Spencer testified at trial and was called as a witness by counsel for President Bush on December 3, 2000. Association of Physicians & Surgeons v. Hillary Rodham Clinton 989 F. Supp. 8 (D.DC. 1997)187 F. 3d 655 (D.C. Cir. 1999) Avirgan v. Hull 506 U.S. 952, 113 S.Ct. 405 (1992); 125 F.R.D. 185, 932 F.2d 1572 (11th Cir. 1992); 691 F. Supp. 1357 (S.D. Fla. 1991) 705 F. Supp. 1544 (S.D. Fla. 1989) Hasenfus v. Secord 506 U.S. 1051, 113 S.Ct. 972, (1993); 962 F. 2d 797 F. Supp. 958 (S.D. Fla. 1989) U.S. v. Sissoko 995 F. Supp. 469 (S.D. Fla. 1997) U.S. v. Sissoko 43 F. 3d 1469 (4th Cir. 1994) FDIC, Corp. v. Rodriguez 639 F. Supp. 1388 (SD Fla. 1986) Southeast Bank, NA v. Gold Coast Graphics 149 F.R.D. 681 (SD Fla. 1993) Scheer v. City of Miami 15 F. Supp. 2d 1338 (SD Fla. 1998) U.S. v. Livdahl 356 F. Supp. 1289 (SD Fla. 2005) Maycox v. State 239 So. 2d 851 (3rd DCA 1970) Eastern Airlines v. Coral Gables First Nat. Bank 240 So. 2d 87 (3rd DCA 1970) Silvers v. Blumenthal 249 So. 2d 524 (3rd DCA 1971) Leider v. Robert L. Ferman & Co. 256 So. 2d 257 (3rd DCA 1971) Imperial Industries, Inc. v. Moore Pipe & 261 So. 2d 540 (3rd DCA 1972) Sprinkler, Co.Schraub v. Charest 277 So. 2d 814 (3rd DCA 1973) Leigh Acres, Inc. v. Bateman 282 So. 2d 880 (Fla. 2d DCA 1977) Heumann v. United National Bank of Dadeland 287 So. 2d 99 (3rd DCA 1973) De Mapia v. Equitable Development Corp. 302 So. 2d 418 (Fla. 1st DCA 1974) Lee County v. Leigh Utilities, Inc. 307 So. 2d 496 (Fla. 2d DCA 1975) Friedman v. Friedman 307 So. 2d 926 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1975) Singer v. Estelle 320 So. 2d 444 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1975) Karlen v. Gulf & Western 336 So. 2d 461 (3rd DCA 1976) Wiener v. Brown 356 So. 2d 1302 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1978) Azar v. Lehigh Corp. 364 So. 2d 860 (2d DCA 1978) Wiener v. Dade County 386 So. 2d 621 (3rd DCA 1980) Sostchin v. Flagship National Bank of Miami 389 So. 2d 9 (3rd DCA 1980) Storace, Hall & Hauser v. Miami National Bank 390 So. 2d 151 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1980) Miami National Bank v. Mikanto Const. Corp. 398 So. 2d 492 (3rd DCA 1991) Amateur Wholsale Electronics v. R.L. Drake Co. 515 F. Supp. 580 (S.D. Fla. 1981) Amb. Homes, Inc. v. American Arbitration Assn. 3D90-1387 (3rd DCA 1987) Cape Cave Corp. v. Oliver Lowe et al. 411 So. 2d 887 (2nd DCA 1982) Allington Towers North, Inc. v. S.A. Weisberg et al. 452 So. 2d 1122 (4th DCA 1984) Kroitoro v. Chase Manhattan Bank et al. 522 So. 2d 1061 (3rd DCA 1988) Editorial Cernuda, Inc. v. Editorial America, S.A. 522 So. 2d 1030 (3rd DCA 1988) Amerivend Corp. v. Buckley Towers Condos.,Inc. 537 So. 2d 695 (3rd DCA 1989) George A. Jahn v. Helen E. Jahn 577 So. 2d 622 (3rd DCA 1991) RCA Investments, Inc. v. Amerivend, Corp. 581 So. 2d 618 (3rd DCA 1991) Raul Benitez v. Bell Microproducts Future Tech. 880 So.2d 1278 (3rd DCA 2004) Property Management & Invest. V. Gerald Lewis 752 F. 2d 599 (11th US Court of Appeal) Amerivend Corp. v. Buckley Towers Condos, Inc. 537 So. 2d 695 (3rd DCA 1989) Therapeutic Tech., Inc. v. Manuel P. Asensio 509 So. 2d 410 (4th DCA 1987) Alexandria B. Noller v. Darlene Brindley Cramer 534 So. 2d 880 (3rd DCA 1988) Land Services, Inc. v. Resort Hosts Intl. 341 So. 2d 846 (3rd DCA 1977) Martinez v. Juri 663 So. 2d 638 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995) Crown Paint, Inc. v. Frank Nicolau 407 So. 2d 1041 (3rd DCA 1981) Alexandria B. Noller v. A-Vanish Pest Control Case no.: 88-165 (3rd DCA 1988) Metropolitan Dade County v. Rafael de Acha Case no.: 88-1321 (3rd DCA 1988) Sunset Commercial Bank v. Pyramid Development 556 So. 2d 748 (3rd DCA 1989) Roum Corp. v. Nadia Rosenbaum, etc. Case no.: 88-2850 (3rd DCA 1989) Pyramids Development v. Commercial Bank, etc. Case no.: 88-2263 (3rd DCA 1990) Michael Spetko v. North South Net, Inc. Case no.: 90-2411 (3rd DCA 1991) RCA Investments, Inc. v. Amerivend Corp. et al. Case no.: 91-14 (3rd DCA 1991) Yolanda Saiz, et al. v. Anthony Saiz Case no.: 91-2736 (3rd DCA 1992) Peter Savill, et al. v. International Voyager Case no.: 92-2365 (3rd DCA 1993) Peter Savill, et al. v. International Voyager Case no.: 92-2408 (3rd DCA 1993) PMC Plan, Inc. v. Lourdes Health Services Case no.: 93-2264 (3rd DCA 1993) Amerivend Corp. v. Deerwood Place Associates Case no.: 94-2276 (3rd DCA 1995) Amerivend Corp. v. Deerwood Place Associates Case no.: 94-2285 (3rd DCA 1995) Ron Matusalem & Matusa v. Alexander H. Finance Case no.: 94-2381 (3rd DCA 1994) Raul L. Martinez v. Nilo Juri, et al. Case no.: 95-791 (3rd DCA 1995) Carlos Gill, et al. v. Republic National Bank Case no.: 96-1485 (3rd DCA 1996) Spanish Broadcasting v. Carlos Grillone Case no.: 98-2993 (3rd DCA 1999) Biscayne Development v. Venetian Isle Condo. Case no.: 99-273 (3rd DCA 1999) Deja Vu, Inc. et al. v. Linda Griffith, etc. Case no.: 00-513 (3rd DCA 2000) Pedro J. Adrian v. Global Aviation Group Case no.: 03-3258 (3rd DCA 2004) Pedro J. Adrian v. Elliot Aviation Aircraft Case no.: 03-3260 (3rd DCA 2004) Coldwell Banker v. Bell Microproducts Case no.: 04-989 (3rd DCA 2004) Lowe v. Cape Cave Corporation Case no.: SC60-61882 (Fla. Supreme Court 1982) Westinghouse Electric v. Weisberg Case no.: SC60-65761 (Fla. Supreme Court 1984) Wash-Bowl Vending Co. v. No. 3 Condo ASN. Case no.: SC60-68730 (Fla. Supreme Court 1986) Klein v. Florida Bar Case no.: SC60-78736 (Fla. Supreme Court 1992) Brent D. Klein, et ux v. Joel W. Robbins, Etc. Case no.: SC04-974 (Fla. Supreme Court) AAPS v. Clinton, 989 F.Supp. 8 (D.D.C. 1997) Avirgan v. Hull, 932 F.3d 1572 (11th Cir. 1991), 112 S.Ct. 913 Swift Investment and Development vs. Intercontinental Commerce Corp. International Court of Arbitration, Paris.