Amy Spencer is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group and the Higher Education team. She represents organizations and individuals in investigations, regulatory inquiries, and complex criminal and civil cases involving securities and financial fraud, Title IX, NCAA compliance, election law, and other federal and state law matters.
I represent organizations and individuals involved in federal, state, and administrative criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations, inquiries, and proceedings, and in complex criminal and civil litigation. I conduct internal investigations and have helped clients successfully navigate criminal and regulatory investigations. By listening to my clients and vigorously investigating the relevant facts, I have secured non-prosecution agreements for clients under federal and state investigation and negotiated favorable plea agreements and settlements that avoid or resolve issues without protracted public court proceedings.
My work includes representing organizations and individuals in matters involving mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, money laundering, cybersecurity, identity theft, campaign finance and election law, civil rights and discrimination, consumer protection, complex commercial disputes, sex offenses, RICO, the FCA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPAA, ITAR and EAR, the FCPA, and other federal and state laws, at every stage of the process, from the initial contact through final appeal.
A significant portion of my civil practice involves representing and advising educational institutions, faculty, and staff, in matters involving Title IX, other disciplinary proceedings, academic misconduct, employment, civil rights—including special education—NCAA and secondary athletic compliance, and the emerging field of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL).
I have also successfully negotiated the settlement of numerous coordinated cases pending in various state and federal courts, including many cases consolidated in a nationwide multidistrict litigation.
In addition, I work to vindicate clients’ due process, First Amendment, and voting rights. I was part of the team that successfully challenged Senate Bill 3, a law that sought to complicate the New Hampshire voter registration process, resulting in the trial court issuing a preliminary and permanent injunction and the New Hampshire Supreme Court ultimately striking the law as unconstitutional.
Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, I served as a law clerk for the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Honorable John E. Sprizzo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Most recently, I was a partner at a regional law firm in New Hampshire, and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large international law firm and a midsize national law firm in New York.
Below representative experience includes engagements and representations from prior firms.
I have achieved numerous positive outcomes for my clients in cases spanning the full spectrum of my practice, including:
The Department of Justice has expressly stated it intends to increase its civil and criminal enforcement, in connection with other federal and state law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies, in several high-priority areas, such as financial fraud and corporate compliance; public and corporate corruption, foreign and domestic; COVID-19 pandemic fraud; campaign finance and election fraud; and cybersecurity, among other areas. I expect this commitment to increased enforcement to continue in the foreseeable future.
In the education context, the continually shifting Title IX landscape and evolving regulations will continue to pose complicated issues for educational institutions, students, and faculty, alike. Further, issues relating to NCAA compliance, especially with the addition and evolution of the Transfer Portal and NIL, will only become more complex and prevalent. Lastly, in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, No. 20-1199 (June 29, 2023), issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be front and center, and schools will need to develop strategies and policies to ensure they are in compliance with the law.
This roundup article of recent legal industry moves in the region includes Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense counsel Amy Spencer’s arrival to the firm, noting that she is also a member of the firm’s Higher Education team and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.
This article covering legal news from around New Hampshire includes the arrival of Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense counsel Amy Spencer.
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; William T. Aggeler Award recipient; Chief Symposium Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
Columbia College of Columbia University, B.A.
Amy has significant experience representing individuals and nonprofit organizations in criminal and civil matters on a pro bono basis, including representation in habeas cases, civil rights litigation, and employment matters. Most recently, she accepted an appointment by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to represent a client pro bono in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case alleging federal and state constitutional and statutory claims involving significant allegations of widespread police misconduct. Amy helped her client resolve the matter to his satisfaction, setting him on a path to success outside the prison walls.
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