Spencer R. Short

Spencer R. Short


Spencer Short represents corporate and institutional clients in state, federal, and tribal court and before domestic and international arbitration panels.  He has authored briefs and represented client interests in constitutional litigation, federal class actions, consumer finance litigation, RICO litigation, and contract and insurance disputes at the trial, appellate, and Supreme Court level. 

Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Spencer worked for a law firm in New York, where his complex litigation practice included the representation of major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in multidistrict products liability litigation, as well as the representation of a broad array of clients in matters including appellate litigation, class actions, contract claims, insurer defense, excess insurance disputes, securities litigation, consumer finance litigation, RICO litigation, False Claims Act litigation and parens patriae litigation. His experience spans all stages of litigation, with a particular focus on brief-writing and expert testimony.  

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Representative Matters

  • defeated class certification of a purported nationwide insurance class in the federal court for the District of Arizona
  • recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a series of international arbitrations against excess insurers
  • achieved favorable settlement in a bellwether wrongful death suit on behalf of an energy drink company
  • defeated an interlocutory appeal to the federal Fifth Circuit by the State of Louisiana seeking remand of a parens patriae class action suit against numerous insurers
  • attained dismissal, summary judgment or favorable settlement on behalf of national insurers in dozens of lawsuits seeking recovery for excluded causes of property loss in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • M.F.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., cum laude, James Madison University


  • 2014 Empire State Counsel
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