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Chapter Event: Northern California


Join FEWA’s Northern California Chapter on March 8th! Come and learn the best ways to present yourself on your CV, on the phone, and in person to assure you are strongly considered by litigators. Learn what to include and leave out! 

Pre-registered FEWA members will be allowed to include their CV in the speaker's packet.

Venue: Zio Fraedo's

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Spencer Pahlke

Spencer Pahlke’s practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving defective medical devices, vehicular collisions, dangerous conditions of public and private property, and medical malpractice.

Outside of his practice at Walkup, he also teaches at the University of California-Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) as a lecturer in trial advocacy. In addition to his teaching, he directs Berkeley Law's external trial competition program, and coaches multiple trial advocacy teams. Under Spencer's guidance, the program has risen to national prominence, having won many national honors and distinctions, including several national championships.

Spencer has also provided ongoing legal education, including developing and co-chairing programs produced in conjunction with Berkeley Law, with a special focus on providing training to young attorneys. He has co-chaired a presentation on governmental liability and design immunity, spoke to leading trial associations regarding governmental liability, made presentations on liability for commercial carriers, and lectured on the topic of liability insurance in the context of products liability.

Spencer was selected as a Super Lawyer from 2013-2016, and before that was Rising Star in 2011 and 2012. He was also selected as a Best Lawyer from 2014-2016.


After graduating with Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska with a double major in Economics and Psychology, Spencer attended law school at Berkeley Law, receiving his J.D. in 2007. At Berkeley, Spencer was a member of the California Law Review as well as an associate editor for Ecology Law Quarterly. Academically, he won Prosser Awards in Legal Ethics and in Environmental Law.


Spencer's main interest in law school was trial advocacy, both in Berkeley Law's competitive trial advocacy program and its clinical programs. Clinically, he tried cases before Oakland's Citizen's Police Review Board. There, his responsibilities included representing people claiming violations of their constitutional rights at the hands of the Oakland Police Department. He successfully competed on several trial teams and was the winner of the Bay Area trial competition held by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, in the National Trial Competition, his three-person team were regional finalists, and he won two top advocate awards.


Spencer joined the Walkup firm in 2007, and practices all types of personal injury litigation in all courts within the State of California.


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