Spencer C. Skeen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in San Diego, CA

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
 | 4370 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 990
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: 858-652-3100
Fax: 858-652-3101
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (60%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Spencer C. Skeen is a shareholder at the highly respected San Diego law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Since joining the firm and founding its San Diego law office, Mr. Skeen has focused his practice on representing business owners, company leaders and corporations from numerous industries in Southern California in a wide range of employment and labor disputes, including those stemming from the following:

• Retaliation• Discrimination• Harassment• Breach of contract• Wrongful discharge• ADA violations• Trade secret claims• Class actions

Mr. Skeen began his legal career after earning his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his admission to The State Bar of California. In addition to his approval to practice law in all of California's state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have also issued their approvals for him to practice in their courtrooms.

After practicing law for two decades, Mr. Skeen has built a reputation as one of California's leading employer defense attorneys, earning him a number of honors and awards. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the San Diego Business Journal has included him on its Best of the Bar list for three consecutive years. In addition, San Diego Magazine named him the city's top labor and employment law attorney in 2015.

Attorney Skeen is not only active in the courtroom, but also in the legal community. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the San Diego County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (60%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Employment & Labor (40%): Sexual Harassment

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Spencer Skeen

Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/people/Spencer-C-Skeen


  • Top Attorney – San Diego Daily Transcript (2008 - 2015)
  • Top Attorney - Los Angeles Magazine (2014, 2016)
  • Top Attorney - Riviera San Diego Magazine (2015)
  • San Diego Magazine's Top Lawyer in Labor & Employment (2015-2016)
  • AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best of the Bar - San Diego Business Journal (2014-2016)
  • Top Attorney – Employment – Avvo (2012, 2013)
  • Top Attorney – SD Metro Magazine (2011)
  • San Diego Super Lawyer (2009 - present)
  • Readers’ Choice: Influentials of 2015, San Diego Daily Transcript

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Former Co-Chair Employment Section
  • Board Member, San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • American Bar Association, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee
  • General Counsel, Neighborhood Market Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • State Bar of Californial, Employment Law Section
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S.Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Don’t Wait Until Trial Is Over to Raise Objection As to Court’s Jurisdiction, Says California Court', 2014
  • Two California Appellate Decisions “Delegate” Authority From Courts to Arbitrators, 2014
  • California Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer’s Discovery of Immigration Status, 2014
  • Brinker's leftovers: Meal period class actions survive, 2013
  • Thinking Outside the Box: One Way to Avoid Bet-The-Company Litigation, 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''You Have Exempt Employees But Can You Prove They Are Exempt in Court?'' - San Diego - August 18, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - ''FLSA Flubs and Fumbles: A Study Group on Wage and Hour Missteps (and How to Avoid Them in Your Workplace)'' - Chicago - May 2016

Educational Background:

  • University of California-Davis, B.A., 1992

Industry Groups

  • Class Action Defense
  • Discrimination & Harassment
  • Employee Theft & Trade Secrets
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation & Wrongful Termination
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour
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Office Location for Spencer C. Skeen

4370 La Jolla Village Drive
Suite 990
San Diego, CA 92122

Phone: 858-652-3100

Fax: 858-652-3101

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Last Updated: 8/22/2018

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