Juan J. Spencer
Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Spencer is a proud father and Bay Area native. He was born and raised in Vallejo and first moved to Oakland in 1996. As a teenager, he sustained an industrial injury while working for a large corporation. The injury resulted in his inability to return to his usual and customary occupation. After being turned away by the workers’ compensation insurance company, he retained Anthony G. Ratto, Esq., a well known and respected Oakland workers’ compensation attorney to represent him in his claim.
During the process, Mr. Ratto offered Mr. Spencer employment with his firm, which he accepted in 1996. What followed was the creation of a unique relationship where Mr. Ratto mentored Mr. Spencer in his professional goals and guided his education for years to follow. Being a former injured worker gives Mr. Spencer a unique perspective on workers’ compensation claims. It also made him passionate about helping injured workers. Mr. Spencer went on to learn workers’ compensation through the teachings of workers’ compensation claims adjusters and attorneys representing insurance companies, which provided him with insight on how the insurance industry views and approaches claim handling.
In addition to the workers’ compensation industry, Mr. Spencer was also exposed to personal injury cases both pre-litigation and litigation. At Kuvara Law Firm, he assisted injured people with property damage claims, gathering investigative materials, wrote case summations, settlement proposals, negotiated settlements of specific issues and began learning marketing and management skills from a very well-known attorney, Neal Kuvara.
Since his return to Mr. Ratto’s firm in 2003, Mr. Spencer has handled all aspects of workers’ compensation cases. He has appeared before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Napa, Sacramento, Stockton and Fresno. Mr. Spencer’s appearances have included depositions, vocational rehabilitation conferences, mediations, arbitrations, status conferences, lien conferences, mandatory settlement conferences, expedited hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials.
In addition to working on workers’ compensation cases, Mr. Spencer is involved in or is overseeing marketing and advertising, strategic planning, human resources and many other aspects of Ratto Law Firm, P.C.