Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jo graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972, South Texas College of Law in 1982 and joined the firm in 1985.
Board certified in family law in 1987 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Jo is a distinguished member of the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Amiercan Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and past Chair of the Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas.
Recognized by her peers for high ethical standards in 1995 Jo received the David Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in the Practice of Family Law awarded annually by the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. For the last 10 years, Jo has been included in the annual edition of Best Lawyers in America being selected as the 2010 Houston, Texas Family Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. Jo has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics published by Texas Monthly since the inception of the award and named by Law & Politics magazine as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Texas and Top 100 Houston Region Attorneys.
Jo is a frequent speaker at family law related seminars and a co-author of O'Connor's edition of Family Code Plus and Family Law Handbook.