J. Spencer Cook
Associate
Winston-Salem, NC
office 336.631.1060
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Resources
  • Results

Mr. Cook’s primary area of practice is litigation, including commercial litigation, labor and employment law matters, ERISA and managed care matters, construction law matters, and bankruptcy.

Education

  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 2012
  • Wake Forest University Summer Management Program, 2010
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2016

Experience

  • Assisting in general litigation matters, including research, pleadings, discovery, depositions and trial preparation
  • Advising employers in the full array of labor and employment law
  • Defending employers in employment litigation and in state and federal agency investigations or charges
  • Representing construction industry clients in a variety of commercial and residential construction litigation
  • Generating mediation and position statements in response to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges
  • Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Summer Associate, 2015
  • Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Summer Legal Extern, 2014
  • Forward Air, Inc., Legal/Human Resources Assistant, 2012-2013
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Construction Law ERISA & Managed Care Labor & Employment Law Litigation

Distinctions

  • JD Supra 2018 Reader’s Choice Award, Most Read Construction Article
  • JD Supra 2018 Reader’s Choice Award, Most Read Product Liability Article
  • Patrick L. Hardin Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Moot Court Board
  • CALI Excellence Award: Alternative Dispute Resolution
     

Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
     

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Chapter Editor, “Age Discrimination in Employment Law,” Third Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2018
  • Presenter, “Best-in-Class Employment Practices and Compliance: Lessons Learned by Employee Claims and Verdicts,” Spilman SuperVision Seminar, 2018
  • Author, “A Second Chance: North Carolina Expands Law Incentivizing Employers to Hire Certain Convicted Felons,” SuperVision Today, 2018
  • Author, “Be Careful What You Ask For: Asking a Job Applicant About Previous Pay May Violate the Equal Pay Act,” SuperVision Today, 2018
  • Author, “#MeToo Movement Creates Change in Tax Code,” SuperVision Today, 2018
  • Author, “Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems,” The Site Report, 2017
  • Presenter, “The Spilman Forum: An Open Discussion of Emerging Issues in Labor & Employment Law,” Spilman SuperVision Seminar, 2017
  • Chapter Editor, “Age Discrimination in Employment Law,” Second Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2017
  • Author, “Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Title VII - The Seventh Circuit Weights In,” SuperVision Today, 2017
  • Presenter, “Mind the Gap: The Expansion of Pay Equity Laws in 2017,” Spilman SuperVision Webinar, 2017
  • Author, “Who Will Inspect the Inspectors? Implications of Winkler v. State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors on the Construction Industry,” The Construct, 2016
  • Author, “They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to Issue Critical Licenses,” The Construct, 2016
  • Cook, Spencer and Franklyn, Garett, “In Re SkyMall: The Crash of SkyMall and the Take Off of 363(b) Sales” (2016). Chapter 11 Case Studies
  • Case Commentary, M&G Polymers USA, L.L.C. v. Tackett, 17 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 197 (2015)
  • Editor, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law

Community Involvement

  • Wake Forest University Athletics Deacon Club Member
The Way of the Future: Student Loan Benefit Plans ERISA & Employee Benefits Alert: 10/1/18 SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights: Issue 3, 2018 A Second Chance: North Carolina Expands Law Incentivizing Employers to Hire Certain Convicted Felons SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights: Issue 2, 2018 Be Careful What You Ask For: Asking a Job Applicant About Previous Pay May Violate the Equal Pay Act SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights: Issue 1, 2018 #MeToo Movement Creates Change in Tax Code The Site Report - Construction Law Insights: Issue 1, 2017 Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems Associational Retaliation Claim Dismissed Workers' Comp Claim Denied on Appeal NC Trucking Company Wins Fraud and Unfair Trade Practices Case on All Counts