Thursday, January 17, 2013

RES IPSA LOQUITUR




I was flattered when the “anonymous talent” at the South Florida Lawyers Blog approached me about guest blogging.   Initially, an interview was suggested, but that became too cumbersome.  It was feared that I might inadvertently reveal too much about myself and in the process learn Blog’s editor’s secret identity.

Since I have been practicing law in relative absurdity, I mean obscurity, for the last 21 years; I would like to thank SFLB for finally giving me an opportunity to get my name out there.   I am aware that this Blog is tailored for a particularly smart, curious and socially aware legal audience.  I too appreciate its daily thought provoking posts.  Its unbiased journalistic approach is rarely found in today’s liberal mainstream media. 

My assignment was to write about myself, explaining why I do what I do – helping real people with real problems.  I am not sure how the last 20 years of practicing law have passed by so quickly.  The hundreds of translated plaintiff depositions, special set hearings, impassed mediations and client phone calls are all a blur.   But from the very beginning, even when in law school at the University of Miami, the idea of being a lawyer never seemed like it was really a job. 

I never accepted a case based on how much money I would make, how long it would take or cost.  I think that explains a number of my cases which have defied traditional logic.  I take cases when I believe that an injustice has been committed.   Sometimes juries agreed with me and sometimes they did not. 
I started my own practice right out of law school. I did not have the benefit of the training or the supervision that many lawyers receive through traditional employment as an associate.  In my early career, many of the cases I took were those that other lawyers did not want.  It was not uncommon for me to take a case that had already been rejected by several lawyers. 

If I liked and believed the client, I found a way to help them.  If I got paid that was the bonus.  Until very recently, I never considered owning my law firm or being a lawyer was a business.   This misconception has at times caused enormous pressure on my staff, family and me.

At 47 years of age, my view of the practice and business of law has matured and evolved.  I now try to make decisions more with my head and not just my heart.  As my case load has become more complex, I have begun co-counseling more cases.  Currently, I am working on pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts.   By associating with other lawyers and law firms, I am able to collaborate in new ways that were impossible as a sole practitioner.

Practicing law has given me the opportunity to give back to our community by helping not just my clients, but others who are in need.  I am very proud to have founded Lawyers to theRescue. It allows lawyers to do the kind of pro bono work that the reality of today’s legal climate makes virtually impracticable.  The Board of Directors is comprised of an impressive roster of South Florida lawyers- Scott Kotler, Jessica Laleh, Marco Britt and Santiago Cueto. 

After the earthquake in Haiti, I saw how passionately Doctors Without Borders responded.  I wanted to create a similar opportunity for lawyers to help those in need.  I did not have to look farther than South Florida’s homeless community.

Lawyers to the Rescue joint-ventured with Camillus House and opened an onsite legal aid office providing free assistance to the homeless.   In addition to its monthly free legal clinic, it sponsors a monthly lecture series called HEART-Homeless Education Advocacy Resource Training.   The seminars are held at Camillus House and open to the public.  Our presentations focus on sealing criminal records, immigration, disability, employment, child support and family law.  



In addition, Lawyers to the Rescue provides public service ex-tern credits to students at both Florida International College of Law and Miami-Dade Community College.  We do this to mentor and motivate future lawyers.   Lawyers to the Rescue hopes that its work will help change the public’s negative perception of lawyers.  I urge anyone who shares in the spirit of public service to join us at our next event.

Thank you SFLB for your loyalty, support and for showcasing my efforts.  Let’s have sushi some time soon.  I know a good place.


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could not have said it any better myself. Congratulations on being one of the most respected and well rounded attorney's in Florida. Keep up the great work.

amy singer said...

way to go Spencer.. you are a special guy!!

mirena said...

Spencer: Your accomplishments project your passion for what you do on a daily basis whether in your office with your staff or educating the public on social media sites or writing articles for well known online organizations. I have had the pleasure to see this first hand. To read this blog only validates my opinion of you. You work hard and you give back to your community consistently which is why success will always follow you no matter what you do. You are a blast to be around and I am honored to have met you. Keep it up!!!

Dr Shezad Malik said...

I know Spencer both as a close friend and co-counsel on several Mass Tort cases, that we are handling together. He is a hard working, compassionate attorney, who has his client's best interest at heart. He takes cases where many other attorneys including mself would have rejected. A true Mensch. I proud to call him friend. Keep up the good work Chief.

Norm Pattis said...

Hey, Spencer. Don't get too snarky; just be yourself and have fun!

from the Lady Philosopher said...

Great story of how a lawyer made/makes his way in the world and still is able to compete with integrity. A fantastic example to a younger generation of lawyers following in your footsteps. Keep on going on your journey!

Susan Notarius said...

Spencer, you have always been passionate about whatever you do, be it work, play or your many charitable commitments. I don't know how you find the time. Keep up the pursuit of justice.

Rumpole said...

Your you-tube videos are special. I see a show on reality TV. Can I set up a meeting and pitch it?

Domenick said...

Spencer has not only been a mentor, but in my book, a hero. Congratulations and keep up the good fight.

mikal said...

Good going Spence.

Rob Bignell said...

Good for you, Spence! Wish more community members had this attitude.

Roland Pozo said...

It does speak for itself. Mazal Tov Spencer, you make us all proud.

Ken Bush said...

Spencer, to thine own self be true. Keep doing what you are doing.

Anonymous said...

What an asshole. This is the crying lawyer who brought his mother and father when J. Gordon was holding a contempt hearing for little Spencer. He is a self promoting idioit. Anyone who hires him after meeting him has to be insane.

Anonymous said...

What is going on at this blog!?! Did SFL just jump the shark? Are you people serious!?!

I'm sure Spencer is a nice enough guy, but come on!!! When did this blog become an ad space for one deuche attorney? (don't worry Spencer, we're all deuche attorneys too).

South Florida Lawyers said...

At least we got some comments going.

Anonymous said...

11:01 - you are the same a-hole dbag who makes the same comments whenever SFL posts about Spencer. Your juvenile act is getting tired.

Anonymous said...

It's about time Mr. Aronfeld is recognized.

Anonymous said...

I have known Spencer since his days a U of M law school....and considering all he has accomplised..he has not let it go to his head...still the caring considerate kid he always was..
Michael

Anonymous said...

It was great seeing Spencer and his kids last night at Carpaccios in Merrick Park. Thanks for picking up my family's tab Spencer.

Lucas Sommer said...

The people's attorney! Finally a guy who can see past the dollar signs and notice the real people involved in his cases. If you want to be treated like cattle call Rubenstein. If you want to be treated like a person call Aronfeld.

Brendan Kenny said...

Congratulations!! I was actually referred to this post by Marshall Davis Brown TX. He always keeps an eye out for talent. Thanks for sharing your accomplishments!!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to SFL for bringing the talents of this attorney to the forefront, for all of us to see. I truly hope this is the only first in a series of in depth, personal profiles of self promoting, bottomdwelling ambulance chasers in South Florida. I cant wait to read more about personal injury law, how to sign up a client in the emergency room, how to look intellectual and authoritative on the Jerry Springer show, bus benches and Spanish television commercials and of course how to embarrass a client in the press and in the courtroom, in the "quest for justice"...really great stuff.
This is not an attack on Mr. Aronfield, Im sure he is a well meaning guy trying to keep his firm going. But PLEASE SFL, there are a lot of GOOD lawyers in our region doing really GREAT things within the profession and in their communities. More of that, please, and less of this.

Anonymous said...

In other words, more Melanie Damian!

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