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.
Brittany grew up in Beachwood, Ohio. She then moved to Washington, D.C. to complete her undergrad education at George Washington University. She majored in international affairs and double minored in political science and biology. Brittany spent her undergraduate years cheerleading for GW and studying abroad in Argentina.
Brittany is currently in her third year of law school at George Washington University Law School. She has spent her law school years focusing on litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. After graduation, Brittany plans to move to Atlanta, Georgia to work in the business litigation division of an Atlanta law firm.
In her free time, Brittany loves to travel, practice yoga and watch Netflix with her four-year-old Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature husky) puppy.
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
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.