Friday, Jun 17, 2022

Employee Spotlight: Joanna Thomas

Joanna Thomas joined the firm in 2021 as a Litigation Associate for the Prince William office. Prior to joining the firm, Joanna worked as a Student Attorney for the Community Legal Practice Center in Lexington, Virginia. As a Student Attorney, she litigated civil disputes representing low-income individuals in the local community. She also worked as a Summer Associate for a litigation law firm in Fairfax County, and has interned for the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and the Honorable George D. Varoutsos, Chief Judge of the Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Joanna is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Government from the University of Virginia.

This month the spotlight is on the Litigation team’s newest member, Joanna Thomas.

Tell us a little about yourself — where did you grow up?

I grew up in Falls Church and McLean, Virginia.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

When I was younger, I wanted to be an astronaut. I loved learning about the solar system. I even remember interviewing a NASA scientist for a third grade class project. Later on, my career path interest began to shift towards the legal field.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy learning each client’s unique story and, as a litigator, working to advocate for our client’s interests whether through negotiation with other counsel or through written and oral argument in court.

Words of advice for aspiring lawyers?

In general, for anyone pursuing a legal career, I would say work hard and be perseverant. Resilience is key.

Aside from a very busy schedule, what do you like to do for fun outside of work?

I love traveling, cooking, cheering on the Hoos (wahoowa!), spending time with family and friends, and volunteering through my church’s community service initiatives.

What is one thing about you few people know?

I think crushed red pepper makes almost all food taste better. I put it on everything.

Favorite place(s) to travel to?

London. “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”- Samuel Johnson

Favorite book?

Pride and Prejudice.

What do you think makes Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh is a great place to work?

As an attorney in the early phase of my career, I am so appreciative of how willing people are to answer questions. Everyone’s door is always open.

Thank you, Joanna!