Attorneys

Attorney William Moody Sr.
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Practice Areas:
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
Personal Injury
Products Liability

Education:
University of Richmond, LL.B., 1952;
College of William & Mary., 1950

Admitted: 1952, Virginia

Memberships:
Portsmouth Bar - (President, 1960)
Norfolk Bar (Past Lecturer for Bar Programs) and American Bar Associations
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - (President, 1973)
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Tidewater Association of Claimants Attorneys
Inner Circle of Advocates
Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)
American Association of Justice and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame - (Inductee 2014)
Amercia's Top 100 Attorneys - 2017

Best Lawyers in America - Multi-Year Recipient by U.S. News

Professional Achievements and Recognitions:
Served in the Virginia House of Delegates - (1956 - 1967)
Served in the Virgina State senate - (1968 - 1984)
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in American Politics,
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
Commissioner in Chancery & Commissioner of Accounts, Circuit Court, City of Portsmouth
One of only two Virginia lawyers nominated and confirmed to the Inner Circle of Advocates
2014 Inductee into the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame
2017 America's Top 100 Attorney's Lifetime Achievement


Mr. Moody, Sr. has also achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating for preeminent legal ability and overall professional excellence. He has been selected and published as a member of The Best Lawyers in America.
Attorney William Moody Jr.

Willard J. Moody, Jr.

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Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Top 10 PI Attorney in Virginia
AV Rating
Practice Areas:
Personal Injury
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
Asbestos Litigation
Products Liability
Pharmaceutical Litigation
Mesothelioma Litigation

Education:
​​​​​​​University of Richmond, J.D., 1983
Elon College, B.A., 1979

Admitted:
1983, Virginia, U.S. District Court;
1984, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
1989, U.S. Supreme Court
1997, North Carolina Bar, West Virginia Bar and Florida Bar

Memberships:
Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association
Portsmouth Bar Association
Virginia State Bar Association
West Virginia State Bar
North Carolina State Bar
The Florida Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)
Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA)

Professional Achievements and Recognitions
Past-President, Portsmouth Bar Association - (President, 1996 - 1997)
Past-President, Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA) - (President, 2015 - 2016)
TOP 10 Personal Injury Attorney in the State of Virginia - 2017
Best Lawyers in America - Multi-Year Recipient by U.S. News
Super Lawyers - 2011 - 2018

Mr. Moody, Jr. has also achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating for preeminent legal ability and overall professional excellence.

Biography:
Willard J. Moody, Jr. is a senior attorney in The Moody Law Firm. The Moody Law Firm, Inc. is a Virginia law firm headquartered in Portsmouth, VA. Mr. Moody has been representing railroad workers and handling Federal Employers’ Liability Act claims since 1983 when he graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, Virginia. Since that time he has been licensed to practice law in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Florida. He is also admitted to practice in numerous Federal courts throughout the United States, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is past President of the Portsmouth Bar Association, a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice (formerly The American Trial Lawyers Association), as well as past President of the Academy of Railway Labor Attorneys (ARLA). He currently continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Railway Labor Attorneys, and has served on the Committee for Occupational Diseases for ARLA in the past. He has achieved the highest rating available to an attorney with the Martindale Hubble Peer Review ratings for preeminent legal ability and overall professional excellence.

Mr. Moody’s practice includes Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) claims on behalf of railroad workers, which includes traumatic injury claims, occupational disease clams, asbestos claims, cancer claims, and mesothelioma claims. In addition to railroad cases, Mr. Moody and his firm handle all types of product liability cases, trucking liability cases, medical malpractice cases, and auto negligence cases. Mr. Moody heads up the Mass Tort division of the law firm, which handles pharmaceutical cases against drug companies for bad drugs and medical devices, including Vioxx, Reglan, Levoquin, Ziacam, Acutane, Avandia, Fosamax and other pharmaceutical claims, and defective Hip Implant cases.
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Mr. Moody was selected by the American Trial Lawyers to co-author the chapter on FELA claims in the ATLA publication “ATLA’s Litigating Tort Cases.” He is a member of the AAJ Litigation groups regarding Avandia, Reglan, and DePuy Hip Implants. He is also a member of the I’anson/Hoffman Inns of Court.

Willard J. Moody, Jr. was also selected for membership to the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum are one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Its members have won million, multi-million and billion dollar cases.

Mr. Moody was most recently selected as a 2017 recipient of the TOP 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in the State of Virginia by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.
Attorney Paul Moody

Paul G. Moody


Practice Areas:
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
Motorcycle Accidents
Personal Injury

Education:
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Regent University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Virginia Wesleyan College, B.A., 1993

Admitted:
2000, Virginia

​Memberships:
Virginia State Bar
Portsmouth Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers' Association (VTLA)
Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)
​​​​​​​American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Professional Achievements and Recognitions:

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys TOP 10 Best in Attorney Client Satisfaction - 2017

Attorney Anderson Jr.

Claude W. Anderson, Jr.


Practice Areas:
Federal Employers Liability Act - FELA
Personal injury
Auto Accidents
Motocycle Accidents
Trucking Accidents
Medical Malpractice
Products Liability

Education:
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Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, J.D., 1985
University of Richmond, B.A., cum laude, 1982

Admitted:
1986, Virginia
1992, North Carolina

Memberships:
Virginia State Bar
Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar

Attorney Mike Davis

Michael R. Davis

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Practice Areas:
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury
Trucking Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Automobile Accidents
Product Liability
Wrongful Death
Mesothelioma Litigation


Education:
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Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, J.D., 1991
College of William & Mary, B.A., 1988


Admitted:
1991, Virginia
1991, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2008, West Virginia
2008, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

​Memberships:
Virginia State Bar
West Virginia State Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers' Association (VTLA)
Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association
Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)
American Association of Justice (AAJ)


Biography:
​​​​​​​As an AV-Rated Attorney, Mr. Davis has achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating for preeminent legal ability and overall professional excellence.

Michael Davis has been representing injured railroad workers in matters under the Federal Employers' Liability Act for more than 15 years. He has successfully handled complex personal injury cases throughout the eastern half of the United States and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our firm's clients. He has been selected to both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William & Mary in 1988 (B.A., Government), Mr. Davis remained in Williamsburg, Virginia to attend The Marshall-Wythe School of Law on a T. C. Clarke Fellowship. He earned his Juris Doctor from Marshall-Wythe in 1991 and began a general litigation practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, successfully trying nearly eighty (80) jury trials to verdict. Mr. Davis joined the Moody Law Firm in September, 2000, and is a proud member of both the American Association for Justice and the Academy of Railway Labor Attorneys.
Attorney Nicholas D. Thompson

Nicholas D. Thompson


Practice Areas:
Federal Employers Liability Act - FELA Attorney
Employment Law
Plaintiff's Personal Injury
Trucking Accidents
Automobile Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Wrongful Death

​Education:
​​​​​​​University of Minnesota, School of Law, J.D., 2008
University of Wisconsin, B.A., 2005

Admitted:
2009, Minnesota
2010, Wisconsin
2013, U.S. District Court - Minnesota
2014, U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
2014, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
2015, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
2016, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
2014, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships:
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)

Awards:
Rising Stars, Minnesota Super Lawyers - 2016, 2017
Editor, American Association for Justice (ARLA) Newsletter - Railroad Section

Publications:
  • "Losing the Reins: How Bankruptcy Can Affect Your Plaintiff's Case" - (AAJ / Railroad Section) - Spring 2016
  • "McDonnell - Douglas v. AIR-21: Key Consideration in Retaliation Cases Against Railroads" - Winter Newsletter (AAJ / Railroad Section) - March 2016
  • "Discovery from Start to Finish" - (National Business Institute, Altonna, WI) - December 2015
  • "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions" - La Crosse Area Association of Criminal - 2013
  • "Tort Law and Public Policy" - University of Wisconsin - La Crosse 2012, 2013

Biography:
Nicholas D. Thompson is an accomplished trial lawyer who is dedicated to fighting relentlessly for the rights of every client he represents. He specializes in assisting employees who have been discriminated against, particularly focusing on the Federal Railway Safety Act. He also fights for workers who have suffered retaliation for reporting infractions, injuries and/or concerns with safety conditions and practices. Although his areas of practice and representation are broad overall, he continues to represent consumers and employees subject to unfair, deceptive, and unlawful trade practices. Nick is also a proven litigator who has represented and continues to represent personal injury plaintiffs in several high profile cases. He is also a former world champion mixed martial artist who has fought for years for the UFC and was named one of the twenty-five greatest welterweights of all time.
Attorney Jonathan Hogins

Jonathan A. Hogins


Practice Areas:
Pharmaceutical Litigation
Products Liability
Federal Employers Liability Act - FELA
Personal Injury

Education:
​​​​​​​The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2012
The College of William & Mary – The Mason School of Business, M.B.A., 2009
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., summa cum laude, 2007

Admitted:
2012, Virginia
2013, United States District Court – Eastern District, Virginia
2013, United States District Court – Western District, Virginia
2014, United States District Court – Western District, Tennessee

Memberships:
Virginia State Bar

Attorney Emick Jr.

M. Quentin Emick, Jr.


Practice Areas:
Personal Injury
Federal Employers Liability Act – FELA
Automobile Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Product Liability
Medical Malpractice
Wrongful Death

Education:
Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 1999
Virginia Military Institute, B.A., with Distinction, 1996

Admitted:
1999, Virginia
1999, Supreme Court of Virginia
1999, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2000, United States District Court – Western District, Virginia

Memberships:
Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice

Biography:
Mr. Quen Emick is an experienced personal injury and civil litigation attorney bringing more than 15 years of legal experience to The Moody Law Firm. Mr. Emick has devoted his career to representing and helping people who have been injured as a result of the negligence and carelessness of others, whether they be large corporations, big business, or another individual. He has extensive litigation and trial experience in a variety of cases involving damages and recoveries in the millions of dollars to a few thousand. Through the years, he has successfully handle cases for FELA and other victims who have been harmed as a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents, Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents, Medical Negligence or Malpractice, Defective Products, Slip and Fall Accidents, and Wrongful Death, as well handling Insurance Disputes and Negotiated Settlements.

Put Mr. Emick’s extensive experience in handling personal injury and civil litigation matters to work for you. If you’ve been harmed as a result of the negligence or carelessness of another, whether they be big business or another individual, please do not hesitate to call The Moody Law Firm.
Attorney Stone

Jonathan L. Stone


Practice Areas:
Personal Injury
Federal Employers Liability Act – FELA
Automobile Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Wrongful Death

Education:
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2007
American University, M.A., 2002
High Point University, B.A. - Political Science, 1998

Admitted:
2007, Virginia
2007, Supreme Court of Virginia
2008, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2008, United States District Court – Eastern District, Virginia
2008, United States Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Virginia

Memberships:
Virginia State Bar
National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers (NAOPIL)
Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
Virginia Beach Bar Association - Member, Board of Directors
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
James Kent Inns Court

Honors & Awards:
2014 & 2015, Top 10 Under-40, Virginia
2014 - 2017, Virginia Super Lawyers "Rising Stars"
2015, Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, Coastal Virginia Magazine

Biography:
Mr. Stone comes to The Moody Firm with a wide range of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death litigation cases. He also comes with a background in construction litigation, business disputes and relief of victims of discriminitory conduct. He is a proven litigator with a reputation for aggressively representing his clients to the highest standards. He also comes with an enthusiasm for service to his clients and is know for representing all with a drive and integrity that will provide his clients with a confidence that they are in the best of hands throughout his representation of their needs.

Attorney John Coston

John H. Coston IV


Practice Areas:
Personal Injury
Federal Employers Liability Act – FELA
Automobile Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Medical Malpractice

Education:
Regent University, J.D., 2012
Old Dominion University, B.A., 2006

Admitted:
2012, Virginia
2014, United States District Court – Eastern District, Virginia

Memberships:
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
Million Dollar Avocates Forum

Biography:
Prior to Mr. Coston joining the firm, he specialized in complex litigation. Specifically, he is experienced in state and federal litigation, where he represented clients in numerous areas of law, including personal injury, medical malpractice, client disputes, and employment claims, among other areas. In addition to fighting to obtain the most positive optimum results for his clients, Mr. Coston understands that many clients have very little experience with legal issues and, therefore, he works diligently to assist his clients with their understanding of the unique circumstances of their case in a way that is comforting and not intimidating.