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Arnold A. Spencer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Dallas, TX

Spencer & Associates
5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: 214-483-1035
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007
Licensed in Texas Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Arnold A. Spencer is the managing partner of Spencer & Associates in Dallas, Texas. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Spencer devotes the bulk of his practice to litigation. He represents the rights and interests of defendant clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· White collar criminal defense, including securities fraud, health care fraud, wire and mail fraud, money laundering, asset forfeiture, and other matters

· Cryptocurrency and ICO regulatory compliance and litigation

Early in his legal career, Mr. Spencer served as an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Criminal Division with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas. His prosecutorial experience serves him well as he fights to defend the right and liberties of the accused. This invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides allows him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for those who stand accused or are under investigation for serious federal offenses.

A 1988 cum laude graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Spencer attended The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1994. While there, he was heavily involved with the school's American Journal of Criminal Law. He received his license to practice from the State Bar of Texas in 1994, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

A leader in his legal community, he has published several articles and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. Recognized for his professionalism and service, he has received the John Marshall Award from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006 and the Courage and Valor Award from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2008.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


3 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2007

About Arnold A. Spencer

First Admitted: 1994, Texas

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  • Securities & Exchange Commission, Courage and Valor Award, 2008 - Present
  • For distinguished performance on behalf of the United States,, Attorney General's John Marshall Award, Dept. of Justice, 2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Emerging Regulations for Digital Currency Companies, Texas Bankers Association, April 1, 2018 - Present
  • SEC Regulations of Cryptocurrencies, Dallas Bar Association, May 1, 2018 - Present
  • International White Collar Enforcement: Leading Lawyers on Preventive Measures, Regulatory Compliance, Aspatore Books, 2015
  • Cryptocurrency Regulations, New York Federal Reserve, November 1, 2018 - Present


  • United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries, U.S. ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries, Inc. (5th Cir. 2017)
  • United States v. Fairley, (N.D. Miss.), rev'd in part, 880 F.3d 198 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • United States v. Tarnawa, 4:03-cr-0144-1 (E.D. Tex.) affd, 182 Fed. Appx. 294, 2006 WL 1307537, cert denied, 549 U.S. 1012 (EDTx 2006)

Educational Background

  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, Honors: With High Distinction, Honors: With High Honors, Major: Economics, Major: English, 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • US District Court, Colorado, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1994
  • Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1995

Industry Groups

  • Financial Institutions
  • Virtual Currency
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Office Location for Arnold A. Spencer

5956 Sherry Lane
Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75225

Phone: 214-483-1035

Last Updated: 7/6/2022

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