The Honorable James M. Moody Sr., former federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, has returned to his former law practice, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, where he had a successful litigation practice before being nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton and appointed in 1995.
As Of Counsel, Moody will lead private mediations and arbitrations and consult with attorneys both inside and outside the firm on litigation strategy.
“We’re obviously ecstatic to have Jim back with the firm,” said Ed Lowther, WLJ managing partner. “During his first tour with WLJ, Jim played a leading role in the success of the firm and in continuing our tradition of quality client service and civility. Jim has earned the right to practice in whatever area of the law he wants to practice in. The fact that he wants to focus on trial issues is a natural fit for him. He is an exceptional trial lawyer, and he’s gained additional insights on what to do and what not to do in the courtroom after presiding over hundreds of trials for nearly 20 years.”
Moody will also serve as a mentor to younger partners and associates, Lowther said.
Moody served 18 years on the federal bench until he retired on March 7, just three days before his son, James M. Moody, Jr. took over his chambers.
“On the bench, Judge Moody was noted and praised by attorneys on both sides as being totally fair, impartial and congenial. These attributes are what most lawyers want to see in a mediator. I have no doubt he’ll excel in that role,” Lowther said.
Moody is a native of El Dorado. He received his B.S. from the University of Arkansas in 1962 and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1964. Moody first joined Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in 1966.