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J Thomas Spiggle

J Thomas Spiggle

Practice areas:

Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment & Labor

About Me

Tom Spiggle has four children and for that reason spends a great deal of time at the firm he founded in 2009. When he had fewer children and more time, Tom managed to graduate with honors from the Georgetown University Law School, clerk for a judge, work at several private law firms and serve as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Prior to law school, Tom, a native North Carolinian, received bachelor’s (92) and master’s (96) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After undergraduate, he worked the night shift in a light-fixture factory and had a truly remarkable career in pizza delivery. Later he worked as a chemist and as a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For those lacking something better to do, Tom’s resume can be found here.

Tom founded Spiggle Law to help individuals facing difficult workplace issues. Although Spiggle Law represents employees in many different matters, Tom has a soft spot for those who suffer from discrimination solely because they are pregnant or have family-care issues, like caring for a sick child or an elderly parent. As former prosecutor with significant experience in high-level criminal cases, Tom is also uniquely qualified to represent individuals subject to workplace investigations and criminal prosecutions.

Lest the whimsy of this bio to lead you to believe otherwise, Tom delivers for his clients. He has tried over twenty cases to verdict, including a civil rights case victory that resulted in punitive six-figure punitive damages being awarded against the defendant. Tom has also obtained significant settlements for clients without ever having to set foot in a courthouse.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Discrimination: 55%
    12 years, 50 cases
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    15 years, 25 cases
  3. Employment & Labor: 20%
    12 years, 27 cases



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Ian Andrew Cronogue

    Tom is the first person I call with an employment or EEOC related case. He's an expert in the employment law field and an invaluable resource for assessing how the various jurisdictions will view a case.


    Ian Cronogue Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Jeffrey Alexander Hord

    Tom is courteous, affable, and conscientious. I have referred matters to him in the past, and would not hesitate to do so again in the future. Highly recommended.


    Jeffrey Hord Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Spiggle Law Firm

4830B S. 31st St.
Arlington, VA, 22206


VAAuthorized to practice law200603/11/2014
DCActive 200505/25/2015
NCAuthorized to practice law200107/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Service in the Sex & Domestic Violence UnitUnited States Attorney's Office District of Columbia2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office District of Columbia2007 - 2009
AssociateJanis, Schuelke & Wechsler2004 - 2007
Law ClerkLaw Clerk, Honorable James E. Boasberg2003 - 2004
AssociateTharrington Smith2001 - 2003

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Edward Bennett Williams Inn of CourtAssociate2005 - Present
Metropolitian Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Pamela Viers vs. U.S. FoodsResolved after summary judgment arguments
Matarese v. Archstone Communities LLCPrevailed on all counts at trial. Significant damages, including punitive damages

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Publication NameTitleDate
Self PublishedYou're Pregnant? You're Fired!2014
The Spiggle Law FirmVirginia Employment Lawyer Blog2013
Self PublishEmployment Law for Women2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillCommunicationMA1996
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillPublic HealthBS1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
PEATC Presents Topical Institute on School DisciplineStudent Suspensions2011