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Spencer Law Firm
Frederick Spencer

409 E. 6th St.
Mountain Home AR 72653
(870) 425-6984

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Frederick S. "Rick" Spencer
Frederick S. "Rick" Spencer
Spencer Law Building
409 East Sixth Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653-3907

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Phone: (870) 425-6984
Fax:       (870) 424-2539
E-mail:      
Spencerforhire@rickspencer.com
Web Site:   www.rickspencer.com

The history of the Spencer Law Firm founded in 1975 by Frederick S. "Rick" Spencer, Attorney at law, is brief yet interesting.  Certainly the beginnings of the firm varies in comparison to other law firms.

The firm actually began in early 1975 after Rick Spencer traveled from Fayetteville, Arkansas, after graduating with a juris doctorate in law, obtained from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Rick Spencer was born in 1947 into a legal family. His father, J. V. Spencer, Jr., was a very successful trial lawyer in the South Arkansas town of El Dorado, Arkansas, having been picked for many years by the Arkansas Gazette as one of the 10 best lawyers in the State of Arkansas. J. V. Spencer, Jr. was born of J. V. Spencer, Sr. who was also a very prominent and successful trial lawyer in south Arkansas.   Rick Spencer's grandfather began the first Arkansas Spencer law firm in the town of Strong, Arkansas at the turn of the century after being raised in the town of Spencer, Louisiana, a town still so named after Mr. Spencer's forefathers who homesteaded much of what would later be called Spencer, Louisiana in the early 1800's. 

After the Strong, Arkansas tornado in 1916 which totally devastated the town, J. V. Spencer, Sr. moved with his family to the then smaller town of El Dorado, Arkansas right about the time that the oil boom in south Arkansas began in the early twenties.   Rick Spencer's father was born in 1920.

After graduating from law school in the early sixties, Rick Spencer's older brother, Jim Spencer, went into the family law firm of Spencer & Spencer in El Dorado, Arkansas, and was a member and later partner of this firm with his father and grandfather. But the younger son, Rick Spencer, rather than becoming a member of the long line of Spencers associated in law firms in south Arkansas and northern Louisiana was enchanted with the north central Arkansas.  He felt that he could have more versatility and challenge by beginning a firm on his own after graduation from Law School.  When he graduated in 1975, Rick Spencer started the Spencer Law Firm in Mountain Home, Arkansas. 

He has served as President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives [i.e. NOSSCR].  He founded and was a Past President of the Arkansas Injured Worker's Association Inc. which later became the Administrative Law Division of the Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association.    And since 1983, he has served as the elected Representative on the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association. He has also been elected to represent the north central Arkansas area on the Arkansas Bar Association's House of Delegates.

Although Mr. Spencer is a general practitioner, the emphasis of the Spencer Law Firm, which includes an excellent well-trained staff of paralegals, secretaries and investigators, is to help the injured, disabled and those wrongfully injured or killed as a result of negligence or defective products or processes.    Mr. Spencer has been very successful in his practice since the firm was established in 1975.   But you are invited to read the articles written about him published in the Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association's magazine, The Docket, as well as read just a few of the articles he has published and make up your own mind independently of what others say.   Most importantly, you are invited to read just a few of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Arkansas Court of Appeals, United States District Court  and United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decisions where because of his stubborn refusal to allow what he perceived as an injustice, he has successfully represented his clients on appeal.

Current Employment Positions:
Sole Practitioner, since 1975

Year Joined Organization:
1975

Areas Of Practice:

  • Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income and related claims
  • Victims of Toxic Torts
  • Workers Compensation Law- Employees injured on the job
  • Wrongful Death - Claimants / Plaintiffs Only
  • Services to the Legal Community
  • Semi / Tractor Trailor / Multiple Vehicular Accidents
  • Railroad Accidents - Victims only
  • Longshoremen / Maritime / Jones Act cases
  • Administrative Law [ERISA, etc.]
  • Victims of Civil Rights violations [Age, Sexual, Religious, etc.]
  • Election Campaign & Political Law
  • Employment Law- Employees Only
  • Estate Planning- Wills & Living Trusts & various estate plans to reduce or eliminate expenses or taxes
  • Insurance Law - Claims Against Insurance Companies for loss by fire, disability claims, medical, etc.
  • Litigation & Appeals for victims, employees and claimants only
  • Victims of Medical and Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Victims of Personal Injury by Wrongdoers [Motor Vehicle, Explosions, Electrical Injuries, etc.]
  • Probate & Estate Administration of Wills of decedents and various types of trusts and wills  for estate planning purposes
  • Products Liability Law- Victims of Defective Products only
  • Victims of Professional Malpractice
  • Veteran's Claims [Veteran by law can not be represented by an attorney until right after the veteran has been given a final decision by the Board of Veteran's Appeals right before he files a claim before the Court of Veteran's Appeals]

 

Litigation Percentage:
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Arkansas, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, 1991

Education:

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1975
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

    Honors:
    Dean's List
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1970 B.S.B.A.
    Honors:
    Student Representative and Class Voting Delegate
    Major: Business Administration

Published Works:

  • Video Depositions, Social Security Forum, Vol. 5, No. 3, March, 1983
  • Video Conferencing in a Large Volume Practice, The Audio Lawyer, May, 1986
  • Using Video Tapes: How to Be in Two Places at Once, Trial Magazine, October, 1986

Representative Cases where clients were represented by the Spencer Law Firm

References:

  • Security Bank of Mountain Home, Arkansas
  • First National Bank Trust Company of Mountain Home, Arkansas
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Conference Program: Social Security Disability Law: A Practical Approach, National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives National Annual Conference, 1983
  • Practicalities of a Large-Volume Disability Practice, National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives National Annual Conference, 1983
  • The Mechanics and Politics in Filing a Social Security Claim, Taped Interview on Local Television Station, 1983
  • Handling a Social Security Disability Claim, Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for Elderly, Arkansas Legal Services, V.O.C.A.L.S., 1983
  • The Rights of the Injured Worker, Taped Interview on Local Television, 1984
  • The Purposes and Accomplishments of the Arkansas Injured Worker's Association, Taped Interview on Local Television, 1984
  • How to Efficiently Handle a Large-Volume Practice of Social Security Claims, Arkansas Injured Worker's Association, 1985
  • Federal Appeals in a Social Security Practice, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • Establishing a Social Security Practice, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Proposed Legislative Changes in Arkansas Worker's Compensation Law, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Video Conferencing and Computers in a Social Security Practice, 1987
  • Federal Practice and Appeals, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, 1988
  • Social Security Practice in Federal Court, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • Technology from a Trial Lawyer's Perspective in the Large Volume Law Office--Stepping Into the 90's, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1989

Honors and Awards:

  • Student Representative and Voting Delegate, Arkansas School of Law, American Bar Association, 1970
  • Dean's List, 1974
  • Presidents Award, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1988, 1989
  • Rights of Disabled Award, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, 1991 - 1992
  • Winner, Environmental Law Section Legal Essay Contest, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1974
  • Certificate of Recognition, Arkansas Bar Association, 1982
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1986
  • Who's Who in the South, 1986
  • Who's Who in the Southwest, 1986
  • Who's Who in America, 1986
  • Who's Who in the World, 1986
  • Who's Who in the Society, 1986
  • Community Leader of America, 1986
  • Varsity Swim Team, University of Arkansas Razorbacks, 1967 - 1968
  • Eagle Scout Award 1960 & God and Country Award, 1961
  • Unit Representative for Boy Scouts, 1977
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Elected Chaplain, 1968
  • Alpha Phi Omega - Elected President, 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives
    Past President and Sustaining Member since 1982.
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association, 1983 - Present Elected Governor of North Central Arkansas on Board of Governors of ATLA since 1983          
    Sustaining member of Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association since 1983
  • Arkansas Injured Workers Compensation Association, Inc.
    Founder and Past President
  • Christian Legal Society, 1979 - Present
    Member
  • American Bar Association, 1975 - Present
    Member
  • Arkansas Institute of Theology, Fayetteville
    Board of Directors and Past Chairman
  • Johnson Bros. Christian Youth Ranch, Arkansas
    Attorney for Board of Directors
  • Arkansas Bar Association, 1993 - 1995
    Elected Delegate for North Central Arkansas
  • American Bar Association, 1971
    Student Representative, Section of Student Lawyers
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1971
    Student Delegate, Student Section
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1983 - Present
    Sustaining Member
  • Baxter County Bar Association, 1975 - Present
    Member and Past Secretary
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 - 1989
    Chairman, Division of Social Security and Worker's Compensation
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's
    Representatives, State Chairman and 8th Circuit Elected
    Representative on Board of Directors, 1982 - 1992
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's
    Representatives, 1992 President
  • Arkansas Institute of Theology
    Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Johnson Brother's Christian Youth Ranch
    Attorney
  • Christian Broadcasting Group, owner of the Christian Radio Station on FM 91.5
    Advisory Board & Attorney since it was founded
  • Mountain Home Baptist Church
    Attorney
  • Leader of Junior High & High School AWANA - 1996 - Present
  • Mountain Home Bible Church
    Attorney

Past Employment Positions:

  • Self-Employed, Attorney
  • Spencer Law Firm

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for Elderly, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1995

Fraternities/Sororities:

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Elected Chaplain
  • Alpha Phi Omega, Elected President

Birth Information:

  • May 28, 1947, El Dorado, Arkansas, United States of America

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