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.
It’s kind of early days to say what my legal talents are but I think that my inquisitive nature makes me special to my clients. I ask about everything because I’m interested in telling a complete story. Often times that gets me evidence that others may not have obtained if they didn’t ask as many questions as I do. As a paralegal, I used to meet with clients in order to get their answers to interrogatories so I have practice telling my clients’ stories. I think my special talent might constructing compelling narratives, storytelling.
My old supervisor was always surprised by the cultural references I understood, many of which outdated me…by a lot. I think the thing that most of my coworkers would remember about me would be that I made delicious desserts. At a certain point during my stint as a paralegal, the supervising attorney just started calling me “cake lady.”
I was born the exact day that Cary Grant died. It’s not an experience per se, but it’s definitely something I like to mention at cocktail parties because it then lets me transition the conversation into one of my favorite topics, old movies.
Community Involvement: Volunteer for Planned Parenthood – phonebanking for pro-women’s rights candidates, greeting patients at the Planned Parenthood clinic when pro-life protesters show up for their 40 Days For Life movement.
Learning Portuguese using Duolingo.
Winning the Black Law Students Association talent show 2 years running, going for the third win.
Cooking – specifically French cuisine. I make my own pie crust based on Julia Child’s recipe. It never disappoints. I just started making fresh pasta. So far, I’ve made fettuccine and ravioli. Making homemade ravioli is now one of my favorite things.
Sketching: I like to see the clothes I see in fashion magazines. It’s a way to relieve stress.
Movies: I have way too many movies which I would call favorites but here goes: The Lady Eve, West Side Story, The Women (1939) – definitely not the remake which was somehow less progressive than the one released in the thirties), Kill Bill, Rope, Vertigo.
TV Show: Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, The IT Crowd (I actually dressed up as Maurice Moss one Halloween. I expect no one to know who that is, but the comparison pictures I used to have would be good for a laugh). Somewhat late in my law school career, I’m getting into Suits. It’s probably for the best though because I may have been too terrified to go to law school if I had started watching it beforehand.
Sports: I like baseball, but haven’t followed it consistently in a few years. I enjoy watching Soccer, but don’t really find the opportunity that often.
Cuisines: I love French food, so much so that I started to learn how to cook it. I adore Indian food. I always said that if I could eat Indian food everyday, I would have no problem being vegetarian because their dishes are so flavorful. Lastly, I love and miss good Thai food. Two years in Nashville and I still haven’t found a place that makes decent Drunken Noodles.
Travel: Paris, Barcelona, Los Angeles
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.