Merwin Moe Spencer is the principal attorney of Spencer Palace Law Office in Everett, WA. Moe was brought up in the West Indies on the island of Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Texas where he went to Highlands Jr. High and Sterling High School. During college, Moe went abroad for two years and lived in Cannes, France where he studied art & languages before moving on to studying Public Policy at Oxford University in England. Moe graduated from Rice University in 1997 where he earned his B.A. and began work as a high-tech programmer and software trainer for start ups.
Moe attended the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon from 2002- 2005 where he was President of the Black Law Student Association and a member of both the Street Law Club and the Criminal Defense Clinic. While in law school, Moe worked as a Public Defender in Lane County and at Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland as a summer associate where he worked on class actions suits, toxic torts, mediations, business litigation & arbitrations and trial work. He later clerked for the Hon. Chief Presiding Judge Ancer L. Haggerty of the U.S. Federal District Court of Oregon in Portland where he prepared summary judgments motions and wrote opinions for the judge on Title VII discrimination, Social Security Benefits and personal jurisdiction issues. He graduated and received his J.D. in 2005.
After law school Moe was the Assistant to the Secretary of State of Oregon, Bill Bradbury before becoming the State Director of Government & Legal Relations for the American Cancer Society (ACS) where he lobbied and helped pass bills in the Oregon legislature in Salem on cancer issues for 2 years. Moe then went back into law practicing as a Criminal Defense, Family Law and trial attorney in Eastern, WA for the Davidson Law Firm in Pasco.
Moe trained with Gerry Spence in Wyoming at his Trial Lawyer's College in 2007 and also attended NCDC (National Criminal Defense College) at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia in 2012
Now having his own firm, Moe has completed over 40 trials to verdict in both Federal and State Courts and now focuses on representing marijuana growers & processors as well as speaking and writing on Washington State's Marijuana laws and social justice issues (including medicinal vs. recreational use, State vs. Federal, edibles & oils packaging, child protection & juvenile marijuana issues).
Moe takes on select cases dealing with civil rights, protest law, criminal law, murder cases, sex cases, defending termination of parental rights, juvenile & restorative justice law, expungement of past criminal records Marijuana Law and Contracts and LFOs write-offs (Legal Financial Obligation of court fees).