David K. Spencer
David founded Spencer Legal in 2012, after over 20 years working in law and business. He started his legal career in the tax department of Sullivan & Cromwell and has since worked at Bank of America, HSBC and BNP Paribas as a front office banker at various desks including structured products, equity derivatives and tax equity placement. David received his J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) and LL.M. (Tax Policy Fellowship recipient) from New York University School of Law in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Darlene joined Spencer Legal as a Trust & Estates attorney in 2020. Darlene helps individuals create stability for their loved ones with carefully considered estate planning. Her questions bring clients’ priorities into focus, and once identified, she offers them the best legal tools for reaching their goals. From initial conversation to document signing, Darlene makes the planning process manageable. She also uses her own experience as a business owner, and as a corporate attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, to assist clients with a variety of transactions, including financings and acquisitions. Darlene received her J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000.
Lindsay joined Spencer Legal as a reinsurance attorney in 2021. He has over 20 years of diverse experience in the reinsurance sector. He began as a treaty drafter at Aon Re while attending evening law school. He has since worked at Chubb, Munich Re – America and IOA Re. As an associate at the law firm Kittredge, Donley, Elson, Fullem and Embick he handled litigation and arbitration of reinsurance matters. He has published articles in trade journals and been invited to speak at conferences. He recently served on the Industry Advisory Panel of the Insurance and Reinsurance Underwriters Association. He received his J.D. (Dean’s Honors list) from Widener University School of Law in 1999.
Eileen joined Spencer Legal as a Corporate Attorney in 2020. She works with clients on corporate law matters, including equity capital, leverage, mergers & acquisitions, corporate minutes and decision making, and contractual negotiation and drafting. Previously, Eileen was a corporate attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton in the corporate law department. Eileen received her J.D. from the William and Mary School of Law in 2001.
Natalie works with clients on corporate matters, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. She started her career more than 20 years ago as a corporate attorney in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Sullivan & Cromwell where she worked on some of the largest transactions of the time. She has been recognized on several occasions for her work on major deals in publications including American Lawyer. Natalie received her JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1999 where she was named “Best Oralist.”
Miguel Villalba, Paralegal
Miguel joined Spencer Legal as a paralegal in 2021. Miguel received his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law in 2021 and his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Michigan State University. Miguel first worked as a civil litigation paralegal for the Law Offices of Robert S. Gitmeid & Associates in lower Manhattan. He then served as a judicial intern to Judge Michael K. Callan of the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 2019, Miguel worked as a legal assistant at the law firm Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury, Murphy P.C.
Benson Beidler, Paralegal
Benson joined Spencer Legal as a paralegal in 2021. He will commence his J.D. course of study at Harvard Law School in the Fall of 2021. Benson earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from SUNY Maritime College where he also received his USCG 3rd Mate unlimited tonnage license. Prior to starting with Spencer Legal, Benson worked as an Able Seaman and 3rd Mate on American-flagged research and ecotourism vessels.