Pahlke, Spencer

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Address: 650 California St. Fl. 26, San Francisco, CA 94108
Lawyer Firm: Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger
Phone: 415-981-7210
Fax: 415-391-6965

Areas of Practice Personal Injury

Spencer’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 also 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 2013-2015, and before that was Rising Star in 2011 and 2012. In 2014 and 2015, he was listed by Best Lawyers.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. He won the Bay Area trial competition held by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, in the National Trial Competition, his three-person team was a regional finalist, 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.Updated Results:

Patient v. Hospitalist / HospitalMedical Malpractice$5,000,000 Settlement

Snowboarder v. Equipment ManufacturerProducts Liability$4,500,000 settlementPedestrian v. City and County of San Francisco Public Transit Negligence $3,250,000 Settlement

Insured v. Insurance CarrierUnderinsured Motorist$2,250,000Cable Car Passenger v. City and County of San Francisco Negligent Operation of Cable Car $2,026,000 SettlementAdult Daughter v. Heavy Equipment Company Vehicular Negligence $2,000,000Patient v. Cardiologist Medical Malpractice $1,999,900 Settlement

Wife / Children v. HMOMedical Malpractice$1,400,000 SettlementPedestrian v. DriverVehicular Negligence$1,000,000 settlement

Scooter Driver v. Cab CompanyVehicular Negligence$1,000,000Chu v. Bay Area Community Services, Inc. Premises Liability – Negligent Supervision $996,000 VerdictInsured v. Major Insurance Company Insurance Bad Faith $975,000 Settlement

Child v. DoctorMedical Malpractice$965,000 SettlementPedestrian v. South Bay City Dangerous Condition of Public Property $875,000 Settlement

Wife / Children v. HMOMedical Malpractice$850,000 SettlementCyclist v. Driver’s Employer Vehicular Negligence $750,000 SettlementPedestrian v. Driver Vehicular Negligence – Underinsured Motorist $555,000 SettlementPatient v. Surgeon Medical Malpractice $500,606.36 SettlementFamily v. HMO Medical Negligence – Surgical Error – Wrongful Death $475,000 SettlementAdult Children v. Pilot / Owner of Plane Aviation Crash Litigation $425,000 Settlement

Insured v. Mercury InsuranceUnderinsured Motorist$421,000 Arbitration AwardGrandparent v. Youth Camp Premises Liability $400,000 SettlementPedestrian v. Cab Company Vehicular Negligence $350,000 SettlementMotorcyclist v. Driver Vehicular Negligence $350,000 SettlementBicyclist v. DriverVehicular Negligence$325,000 settlementPassenger v. Driver Vehicular Negligence – Read-End Collision $325,000 Settlement

Customer v. Massage TherapistGeneral Negligence$300,000 SettlementBicyclist v. DriverVehicular Negligence / Underinsured Motorist Liability $300,000 settlementPassenger v. Cab Company Vehicular Negligence – Common Carrier $300,000Pedestrian v. San Diego Mass Transit Public Transit Negligence $300,000Cyclist v. SUV Driver Vehicular Negligence $300,000 SettlementPedestrian v. CCSF Dangerous Condition of Public Property $270,000Passenger v. MUNI Governmental Liability $250,000 SettlementDriver v. Driver Vehicular Negligence – Underinsured Motorist $250,000Bicyclist v. Driver Vehicular Negligence $250,000 Settlement

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