S. Amy Spencer


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Amy joined Shaheen & Gordon’s Concord office in the spring of 2015 after serving as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Amy has returned to her roots in New Hampshire from New York where she was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and McGuireWoods LLP. Her practice there focused on white collar criminal defense, government and regulatory investigations, complex commercial and securities litigation, and employment litigation. Amy was also active in the firms’ pro bono programs, representing individuals and non-profits in civil rights litigation, veterans seeking medical benefits and disability compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, individuals seeking asylum, and individuals and non-profits in commercial and employment matters.

Before entering private practice, Amy served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2007-2008), the Honorable John E. Sprizzo of the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of New York (2008), and the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2009-2010).

Prior to law school, Amy served as Department Chair and taught middle school English in Long Beach, California. Before that, she was the public relations director for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League. She earned her B.A. in English from Columbia College of Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2007.

Amy is also active in the community. She serves on the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Pelham and on the Board of NH Kids Count, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of all children by advocating for public initiatives that make a real difference.


  • Member of the Bar – New Hampshire
  • Member of the Bar – New York
  • Member of the Bar – California
  • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • B.A., Columbia College of Columbia University, 1999
  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; William T. Aggeler Award recipient; Chief Symposium Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 2007

Professional Organizations

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Co-Clerk of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Federal Practice Section

Representative Cases

  • Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance – Merrimack County - secured conditional dismissal pending successful completion of a drug diversion program at which time the state will drop the charges despite a previous felony drug conviction.
  • Secured a non-prosecution agreement for a life insurance finance company – served as the lead associate in a fast-moving internal investigation of a life insurance premium finance company that was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of New Hampshire; conducted extensive witness interviews and supervised the review of over 3 terabytes of data; helped to negotiate a non-prosecution agreement for the client.
  • Check fraud matter for a major financial institution – represented a major financial institution victimized by a fraudulent endorsement by individual in ring of check fraud scheme – full payment by the bank on which the check was drawn to the financial institution.
  • Breach of contract matter for a Fortune 500 company – served as the lead associate on this multi-million dollar matter bound for trial in federal court; drafted successful opposition to motion to amend; led associate in drafting motion for summary judgment papers; participated in successful mediation.
  • Regulatory complaints dismissed against leading wireless communications services provider – drafted briefs that succeeded in getting two separate regulatory complaints against a leading U.S. wireless provider for allegedly violating the second-hand dealer law in New York City by arguing that the regulation is preempted by the federal Stored Communications Act.

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