Spence & Spence, P.A.

Spence & Spence, P.A.

More than 75 years experience in civil transactions, litigation and family law.

Firm Overview

Seasoned North Carolina Attorneys Go to Battle for You

Smithfield's civil litigation solution:
Established in 1975, the Smithfield, North Carolina firm of Spence & Spence, P.A. has served the civil litigation needs of Johnston County and its surrounding areas for more than three decades. People have come to know us for our honest and straightforward manner, aggression in the courtroom and compassion for our clients and their families.

Ties to the community:
Robert A. Spence, Jr. was born and raised in Johnston County, North Carolina. He understands its people and their needs, and he has spent the last three decades of his life gaining an intimate knowledge of the North Carolina court system. He has served as the town attorney for Pine Level (1972-2001), Smithfield (1996) and Princeton (1995).

A civil practice for all:
As a general civil practice, we handle all types of cases - but more specifically, what we do is help people to solve problems and resolve conflicts. Human beings are social animals, needing to interact with one another. We will represent your interests in court, and we'll really get a sense of who you are as a person and what caused the issue in the first place. Only then can we provide truly effective counsel.

Experience matters:
One of the most important assets a good attorney will have is courtroom-tested experience. When your finances, your family, your home and your future are on the line, you want someone who has been there before and knows the lay of the land.

Robert A. Spence is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - the highest recognition possible in the legal industry - for his professionalism and ethics.

As of May 1, 2013, Attorney Tom Berkau will be joining the firm. With Tom on the team, we will have a combined 78 years' worth of experience. You can put it to use for your legal battle.

With our vast experience in civil litigation, you can rely on us to help resolve even the most complex of cases. We are able to handle more-advanced issues than many other firms because we won't shy away from the hard work and the long nights spent poring over documents, looking for inconsistencies and preparing ourselves to represent you to the best of our abilities.

Representing the people of Johnston County
The focus of our practice is in the areas of:
-Real estate
-Family law
-Wills and probate
-Civil business litigation
-Planning and zoning
-Municipal law
-Business law for small business and corporations
-Automobile accidents, personal injury
-Real property transactions/litigation
-Personal injury
-Automobile & truck accidents
-Traffic violations

Main Office

Main Office
212 South Second Street
Smithfield NC 27577



Real Estate

North Carolina Real Estate Law.

Smithfield real estate attorneys working for you:
The attorneys at Spence & Spence, P.A. in Smithfield know the art of the deal. By assertively applying extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance and business, our attorneys can handle all your real estate matters including:
-Residential home sales transactions
-Commercial property sales transactions
-Homeowners associations issues
-Condominium law
-Landlord-tenant disputes
-Real estate contracts
-Eminent domain
-Zoning, land-use and building permits
-Boundary and easement disputes
-Title disputes

Real estate transaction attorneys:
From offer to sale, Spence & Spence, P.A. structures buying, selling and construction transactions to further the goals of our clients. When you retain Spence & Spence, P.A. to transact your real estate deal, our attorneys:
-Draft or review your sales contract
-Negotiate real estate agreement
-Review your lending documents
-Search and clear title
-Analyze your deal and rectify potential problems
-Handle land-use, zoning and permitting
-Conduct your real estate closing

Real estate litigation attorneys:
To win at trial, a real estate attorney requires substantial knowledge about property laws and civil litigation, as well as an aggressive courtroom demeanor. With 78 combined years of experience, our attorneys possess the specific knowledge necessary to win.

Real estate negotiators:
When it is in your best interest to solve a real estate dispute outside the courtroom, our effective mediators guide negotiations to achieve your goals. By retaining an experienced mediator to negotiate your contracts, you can avoid costly, time-consuming mistakes.

Robert A. Spence

Spence & Spence, P.A.

ISLN: 903520582

Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation; Insurance Defense; Real Property Litigation; Commercial Law; Construction Litigation; Real Property Transactions; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Municipal Law; Domestic Relations; Family Law; Business Transactions

Admitted: 1975, North Carolina

Law School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.

College: Woodberry Forest School; Wesleyan University, A.B., 1972

Member: Johnston County Bar Association (President, 1991); North Carolina State Bar (Counselor, 1998-); Eleventh Judicial District (Secretary-Treasurer, 1976; President, 2003); North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Biography: Town Attorney, Town of Pine Level, 1977-2001; Town of Smithfield, 1996-; Town of Princeton, 1995-, Past Board Director: Farm Workers Legal Services; East Central Community Legal Services.

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, September 29, 1949


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Juris Doctorate,