Jo Anne has known attorney Tom Spiggle for as long as he can remember. That’s because she’s his mother. But don’t think for a moment that she doesn’t have plenty of impressive credentials of her own. Building on an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Education, she earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Doctorate Degree in Education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Jo Anne holds teaching certifications in Special Education, Elementary and Middle School Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Business and Marketing in Secondary Education. During her teaching career, she designed innovative programs for special needs students, which included parental involvement and enabled the students to become an integral part of the school.
She also taught in a joint position with the community college to provide high school seniors a chance to see how college could be a part of their futures. The overwhelming majority of those seniors became first generation college students in their families.
Jo Anne says that working with the attorneys in The Spiggle Law Firm has been an opportunity and a challenge for her. She currently works remotely from her home in North Carolina, and she works for her son because “he incorporates the honesty and integrity our family has always valued in our work and relationships, as well as in the broader community around us.”
People who meet Jo Anne say she is easy to talk with and that she listens well. In her spare time, she enjoys stories in all forms – books, plays, movies, and songs, and she also likes music, art, and nature. In particular, though, she loves looking at the world through the eyes of her grandchildren. Plus, she makes a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies.
Besides his career in law, Winthrop is an aspirational writer of humorous and self-professed “meaningless” short stories, who also likes to be “punny” on a day-to-day basis. He’s also loyal. He met his wife in the fourth grade and she became his high school sweetheart. They got married right after college.
On the academic front, Winthrop graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. He was also on the Dean’s List and received a student leadership award. Then, he went on to get his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.
The strangest experience he’s had as an attorney involved someone very calmly and politely sought his help in shutting down Russian conspiracies. Winthrop kindly advised the gentleman that the firm didn’t handle those kinds of matters.
In his spare time, Winthrop runs (well, jogs) 5Ks for charity, reads all sorts of fiction, and plays tennis and board games (except puzzles, which he doesn’t prefer). Where sports are concerned, he’s an avid Seahawks fan and a perennially disappointed Mariners fan. Winthrop hasn’t had a great deal of time to travel yet, but he often visits Seattle to see family. Someday, he hopes to see Greece and Rome.
Winthrop has a particular talent for explaining to clients the legal remedies that will affect their case and how those remedies will affect what’s most important to them personally. As a result, they feel more comfortable because they understand the legalities fully and know what to expect.
Julia’s life has been filled with moves and transitions. In fact, since college, she hasn’t lived anywhere for more than four years. She was born and raised in Germany, where she lived in Bremen, Lüneburg, Hamburg, and Berlin. Elsewhere in the world, she has lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Palo Alto, Washington, DC, New York City, and now Arlington, where she lives with her husband and two kids. Maybe we can convince her to stay here for a while!
You might think all of that moving would have caused Julia to grow tired of travel, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s still one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys photography and yoga, Japanese and Vietnamese food, and British music from the 1980s.
If you envy Julia’s experiences around the world, you might also envy the fact that she has had occasion to meet Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Barack Obama, at U.S. Embassy functions related to her husband’s job as a Foreign Service Officer.
Julia has a degree in Business Administration from a university in Lüneburg, Germany, with a focus on English and French. So she’s multilingual as well.
As an asset to the firm, Julia is friendly and outgoing, always ready to lend a hand and pitch in.
Kristin was born and raised in San Antonio, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida where she completed her undergraduate education. She majored in Criminology and spent her undergraduate years interning for the Pasco County Sheriffs Office, Economic Crime Unit.
Kristin is currently working on her second undergraduate study, majoring in nursing. After graduation, Kristin plans to combine both of her passions of criminal justice and aiding the sick by working as a registered nurse and continuing to lend her expanded expertise to the clients of Spiggle Law Firm.
In her free time, Kristin loves to be on the sidelines cheering on her two stepsons at all of their sporting events, spending time with family, and relaxing in the Florida sunshine.