Spencer Ervin

Title: Lawyer
Company: Private Practice
Location: Bass Harbor, Maine, United States

Spencer Ervin, Lawyer at a Private Practice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Mr. Ervin’s father was a lawyer. He decided to apply to law school while on active duty in the United States Navy. Mr. Ervin was a commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve active duty from 1954 to 1956. When he started college, World War II veterans were finishing their time in college. It did not occur to him that at that time that it would be challenging to get accepted into Harvard University. Mr. Ervin earned an AB cum laude from Harvard College in 1954. From there, he went on to Harvard Law School and earned his JD in 1959. Upon completion of his degree, Mr. Ervin was admitted to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania in 1960, the Supreme Court of the United States in 1963 and the state of Maine in 1995.

Mr. Ervin recalls on numerous occasions, his firm was asked to represent Mercedes Benz. The reason they received that representation was because of a long-time partner by the name of Mercer Tate, who also attended Harvard Law School. He was great at pulling his connections into the legal business and was very generous on deciding on the ability of his partners. A highlight of Mr. Ervin’s career was one of the cases from Mercedes Benz. It was a large class action case claiming that its dealers had conspired to fix the price of repairs, which would have been an illegal act under the German Anti-Trust Law. The case went to trial and Mr. Ervin’s firm assisted Mercedes Benz in winning the case. The trial took six weeks, which was the longest case Mr. Ervin had been involved in. Beginning his career in 1959, Mr. Ervin started out as a staff counsel for the Philco Corporation. In 1962, he moved on to Ringe & Dewey as an associate and two years later, he became a partner for Ringe, Tate & Ervin until 1972.  He then became a partner for Hepburn, Wilcox, Hamilton & Putnam from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Ervin moved to Maine in 1996 and became counsel for the Largay Law Offices for a year and in 1998, he became a lawyer for a private practice, remaining there until 2018. As a testament to his success, Mr. Ervin has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.

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