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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 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor: Employer
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:

• Class and collective actions • Representative actions and PAGA • Discrimination and Harassment • Whistleblower • Wrongful discharge • ADA violations • Trade secret claims • Business disputes 

Mr. Skeen graduated Order of the Coif from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he served on the Law Review and Moot Court Honors Board. He is licensed to practice in all of California's state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Seventh Circuits.

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, been a Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years, and has garnered numerous Top Attorney or Top Lawyer awards from various publications. 

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
  • 90%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

About Spencer C. Skeen

First Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage:


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

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Educational Background

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • California Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer’s Discovery of Immigration Status, 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
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''You Have Exempt Employees But Can You Prove They Are Exempt in Court?'' - San Diego - August 18, 2014
  • Thinking Outside the Box: One Way to Avoid Bet-The-Company Litigation, 2013
  • Brinker's leftovers: Meal period class actions survive, 2013
  • Two California Appellate Decisions “Delegate” Authority From Courts to Arbitrators, 2014
  • Don’t Wait Until Trial Is Over to Raise Objection As to Court’s Jurisdiction, Says California Court', 2014

Industry Groups

  • Airlines
  • Armored Transportation
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Beauty Supply
  • Building Products
  • Casinos
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Law Firms
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Device
  • Mortgage
  • Parking
  • Property Management
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Security
  • Transportation
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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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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