James Whittingham Spencer

James Whittingham Spencer

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Practice Areas:

  • Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation
  • Estate Planning


Mr. Spencer was admitted to practice in the State of Washington in 2005 and the United States Federal District Court in 2009. He earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2005, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College in 1995. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, QLaw, and the Greater Seattle Business Association.

Mr. Spencer’s practice focuses on business formation and general representation, trust and estate administration and litigation, and estate planning for traditional and nontraditional families and small business owners.

Before joining Brothers & Henderson, P.S. in 2016, Mr. Spencer was a founding partner of the firm Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC, principal at The Spencer Law Group PS, and principal at Spectra Law PS. Committed to nonprofit service, he most recently served as secretary of the board of directors of the nonprofit Three Dollar Bill Cinema and chaired the board of directors of Washington Association of Future Business Leaders of America. He formerly served on the board of directors of the QLaw Foundation and the Tacoma Rainbow Center, and served on the Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee.

Mr. Spencer also teaches Community Property as adjunct faculty at Seattle University School of Law, and taught property courses in the Paralegal Studies program at Edmonds Community College.

When not devoting time to his clients, students, and community organizations, you’ll find Mr. Spencer and his husband exploring their passion for backpacking, biking, and travel.



  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • Juris Doctor - 2005
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Evergreen State College
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2005
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 2009

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Three Dollar Bill Cinema, 2013 to 2017
  • Washington Association of Future Business Leaders of America, Chair, Board of Directors, 2015 to 2016
  • QLaw Foundation and the Tacoma Rainbow Center, 2009 to 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee, 2009 to 2010
  • Washington Trails Association, 2005, 2013, 2014
  • Pride Foundation, Grant Selection Committee, 2010, 2011
  • Coach, Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2009, 2008 to 2009
  • Graduate, Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2008, 2007 to 2008
  • Representative, Inter-College Relations Commission, Washington Council on High School/College Relations, 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2002
  • State Board of Community & Technical Colleges, Transfer by Major Program, Steering Committee Member, 1998 - 1999

Classes & Seminars

  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, 2012 to 2017
  • Edmonds Community College, Paralegal Studies program, 2016 to 2016
  • The Dialog Gap: Helping Clients Understand the Creative Process that is Estate Planning, Seattle University School of Law Just Enough to be Dangerous CLE, 2016
  • Planning for Blended Families Issues, KCBA Personal Estate Planning for the 99% CLE, , 2015
  • Community Property Concerns in Guardianships, KCBA Advanced Guardianship Issues CLE, 2015
  • Get Your Sh*t Together: Presentation with Chanel Reynolds, Solid Ground Public Presentation, 2014 to 2014
  • Legal Considerations for Gay & Lesbian Servicemembers, LAMP Admission to Practice Rule 8(g) Training Program/CLE, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Almost Equal: Protecting Same-Sex Families in Today’s Legal Patchwork, BECU Trust Company Public Presentation , 2011 to 2011
  • Basic Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples, Revisions to Legal Voice Publication, 2011
  • The Ethics of the Half-Hour Consultation: A Discussion of the Rules of Professional Conduct In the Context of Community Legal Clinics, GLBT Law from A to Z: Issue Spotting for Pro Se Legal Clinic Clients CLE , 2010 to 2010
  • Estate Planning for Domestic Partners Seminar, BECU Trust Company Public Presentation, 2010 to 2010
  • The Ins and Outs of Starting Up (and Growing) Your Own (LGBT) Law Firm, National LGBT Bar Association Annual Career Fair & Conference, 2009 to 2009
  • The Estate Planning, Probate and Tax Implications of Washington’s Domestic Partnership Law, Seattle University Domestic Partnership Law CLE, 2009
  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part – Washington’s Domestic Partnership Registry, Gay City University, 2008
  • Washington’s Enhanced Domestic Partnership Registry, Private Presentation, 2008 to 2008

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association , 2005 to Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Greater Seattle Business Association , 2006 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Senior Associate

Past Positions

  • Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC, Founding Partner, 2005 to 2010
  • Spencer Law Group PS, Principal, 2010 to 2012
  • Spectra Law PS, Principal, 2012 to 2016
  • Seattle University School of Law, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, Rule 9 Legal Intern, Civil Practice Clinic, 2004 to 2005
  • Seattle University School of Law, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, Legal Intern, Trusts & Estates Clinic, 2004 to 2004
  • Bastyr University, Assistant Director of Admissions, 1999 to 2004
  • The Evergreen State College, Coordinator of Community College Relations, 1997 to 1999
  • Seattle University School of Law, Academic Resource Center, Teaching Assistant, 2003 to 2005


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