While attending law school, she was a member of the Marlyn E. Lugar Trial Association and was the Research Editor of the West Virginia Law Review. Also, while attending law school, Jo Marie was a law clerk for Furbee, Amos, Webb & Critchfield and concentrated on property and title work. She clerked for the City Attorney of Fairmont and appeared regularly in Municipal Court.
Upon graduating from law school, Jo Marie joined Higinbotham & Higinbotham in 1984. Early in her career, she served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. She prosecuted various matters in Marion County and tried many criminal cases including burglaries, drunk driving and child sexual assault. She also represented the Marion County Board of Education in personnel and special education matters as well as in construction litigation. As an assistant prosecuting attorney, she also represented the County Commission.
Jo Marie’s practice now concentrates on personal injury litigation, particularly motor vehicle collisions and insurance matters.
She has been involved in many civic organizations and has served on the various boards including the Hope Domestic Violence Center of Marion County; Ronald McDonald House Charities in Morgantown, WV, Fairmont Renaissance, Fairmont Rotary Club, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the West Virginia Auto and Truck Dealers Association where she served as President. She is a former officer of the Marion County Bar Association and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar; the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the Northern and Southern District Courts of West Virginia.
In her free time, Jo Marie enjoys tennis, golf and snow skiing.