Spencer is a Member of the national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team at McDonald Hopkins with experience handling hundreds of cyber incidents and data breaches and an 85% win-rate as lead counsel on over 50 civil defense jury trial. Spencer is a recognized leader in the data privacy and cybersecurity legal community and a frequent speaker and guest on numerous television and radio shows, and podcasts, and hosts the “Cyber Law Revolution” podcast.

Organizations with a plan in place for an attack and a response team that has practiced the plan save on average $2.66 million. With no uniform standards (nationally or internationally) for data security, cybersecurity, and privacy laws, organizations need help to avoid financial, legal, and reputational risks. Spencer provides his clients proactive guidance and helps them prepare for data breaches by writing and implementing policies to comply with state, federal, and international data security and cybersecurity laws. He also provides training to C-Suite leaders and employees on data security and cybersecurity and performs vendor vetting and due diligence as required by law. His practice includes helping clients respond to data breaches, cyber-attacks, ransomware incidents and business email compromise situations, including coordinating vendors to assist in remediation, identifying applicable cyber-laws and notification requirements, law enforcement liaising, messaging and public communications surrounding the incident, and responding to regulators.

Spencer earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He completed his B.A. at the Sewanee: University of the South.

Honors & Recognition

Maryland Super Lawyers – Business Litigation (2020 – present)



University of Baltimore School of Law

Sewanee: University of the South

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

Maryland State Bar Association

Maryland State Bar Association Cybersecurity Task Force

International Association of Privacy Professionals


Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)

Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)

Certified Mediator

News & Insights


Speaking Engagements

Panelist,  GAM Conference, April 2024 - Cyber Security: Are you Cyber-Ready?

Speaker, Mid-Atlantic Association of Financial Professionals, April 2024 - Cyber & Privacy Headaches

Speaker, March 2024 - Don't get caught with your breaches around your ankles: A lesson in liability mitigation

Panelist, November 2022 Blackpoint Cyber

Panelist, September 2022 Grant Wood AEA

Host of the “Cyber Law Revolution” podcast

TV Commenter, March 2022 WJZ CBS Baltimore

TV Commenter, April 2021 WJZ CBS Baltimore

TV Commenter, December 2020 WJZ CBS Baltimore


TV Commenter, November 2020 WJZ CBS Baltimore

TV Commentator, March 2020 WBAL News Now With Bryan Nehman

TV Commentator, March 2020 WJZ CBS Baltimore

TV Commentator, January 2020 Fox 45 Morning Show

Radio Commentator, January 2020 Stevie Bridgewater’s Public Affairs Show

Radio Commentator, October 2019 The Brett Hollander Podcast

Panelist, May 2022 San Diego CPCU Chapter

Panelist, April 2022 Lockton Seminar

Panelist, March 2022 Charlotte CPCU Chapter

Panelist, February 2022 Right of Boom Conference

Panelists, November 2021 National Association of Financial Professionals

Panelists, November 2021 Mid-Atlantic Association for Financial Professionals

Speaker, November 2021 the Cyber Nation Call

Panelists, October 2021 Rhode Island CPCU

Panelists, July 2021 California Surplus Insurance Association

Speaker, May 2021 Cybersecurity Legal Compliance for Design Professionals

Panelist, May 2021 Central Illinois CPCU Chapter

Panelist, April 2021 Association of Financial Professional, Atlanta Chapter

Panelist, April 2021 Bermuda CPCU Chapter

Panelist, March 2021 Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington

Speaker, March 2021 Philadelphia CPCU Chapter

Speaker, March 2021 The Successful Nonprofits Show

Speaker, November 2020 Sell Like a CPCU

Panelist, September 2020 Mid-Atlantic Association for Financial Professionals

Speaker, August 2020 Half-Moon Seminars

Speaker, May 2020 UnitedWay

Speaker, April 2020 Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington

Speaker, April 2020 Halfmoon Seminars

Panelist, February 2020 Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

Speaker, January 2020 Treasurers’ Roundtable

Speaker, November 2019 Mid-Atlantic Association for Financial Professionals

Speaker, April 2019 Cyber Security Seminar


Jump to Page

McDonald Hopkins uses cookies on our website to enhance user experience and analyze website traffic. Third parties may also use cookies in connection with our website for social media, advertising and analytics and other purposes. By continuing to browse our website, you agree to our use of cookies as detailed in our updated Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.