In 1971, Spike graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in accounting. He graduated from Baylor Law in 1977, and started practicing with Pakis Cherry Beard and Giotes in Waco. In 1981 he was a founding partner in Williams, Pattillo & Squires, later Williams, Pattillo & Wren. At the end of 1999, Spike withdrew from the firm and started a Waco based, state-wide mediation practice which he has maintained for the past 16 years. Additionally, he was of Counsel to Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee from 2008-2011. Spike has mediated cases dealing with virtually every area of the law. "If you can file your case in a Texas trial court, I've probably mediated a case very similar to it before."