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About Marilynn Mika Spencer

Marilynn Mika Spencer

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Marilynn Mika Spencer is the owner and principal attorney of Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP. She practices exclusively in the fields of labor law, employment law, and employee benefits, including ERISA. Ms. Spencer represents clients in the public and private sectors in most areas of labor and employment law including wage and hour claims, union law, disability and other discrimination, reasonable accommodation, administrative compliance, contract and intellectual property matters, hiring and retention contracts, severance agreements, employee benefits, and selected class actions. She regularly appears in federal and state courts, and administrative agencies including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Labor Commissioner, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Cal-OSHA, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (UIAB), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the State Personnel Board (SPB).

Ms. Spencer earned her law degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Spencer was active in labor relations between the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), serving as an AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer, contract negotiator, Council representative, and steward.

For 12 years until December 2014, Ms. Spencer was on the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), which is the largest and most influential plaintiffs employment bar association in California. She is a long-term member of CELA’s Education Committee and currently serves as its first chair. Ms. Spencer is a San Diego Affiliate Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), which is the most highly-regarded national bar association for employment attorneys representing plaintiffs. She was a Member of and Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California. Ms. Spencer is a Past Chair of the Personnel Appeals Board of the City of La Mesa. She is a 2007 San Diego SuperLawyer (Employment & Labor; Employment Benefits/ERISA).

Ms. Spencer is a co-author of a chapter on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the National Lawyers Guild publication Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, published by Clark Boardman Callaghan (now West Group). Her articles have appeared in a number of periodicals and journals, including Medical Trial Technique Quarterly and Crooks and Liars.

Ms. Spencer is a frequent speaker at legal forums and workshops, including union training, programs in the legal field, and seminars directed to the general public.


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