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Moody Law: A Lakeland and Winter Haven-Area Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Moody Law is a team of professionals who limit representation only to those clients who have been injured with a goal toward ensuring clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries. If you are in the Central Florida area, including Lakeland and Winter Haven, a personal injury lawyer from Moody Law can provide informed legal counsel during your time of need. In order to maximize your chances of obtaining a successful verdict or settlement in your case, it is important to seek the counsel of a qualified and knowledgeable attorney. At Moody Law, our attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of legal areas, including personal injurytruck accidentauto accidentaviation accidentmedical malpracticewrongful death and product liability cases. To schedule a free consultation and case review with a personal injury lawyer, contact Moody Law today.

We feel that developing a close and trusting lawyer-client relationship is important to building a successful case. Serving all of Central Florida, including Lakeland and Winter Haven, a personal injury lawyer from Moody Law can help. Please take a look through our team profiles and decide for yourself if we are the legal team for you.


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Moody Law provides the injured of Central Florida with proven, quality representation. With three lawyers and five paralegals on staff, the personal injury law firm is the one to call if you or a family member has sustained a serious injury, or if you have lost a member of your family to wrongful death, due to the negligence of another party.

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Daniel D. Moody, J.D., B.C.S.

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Daniel D. Moody has an established reputation as a highly successful trial lawyer representing the injured in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Moody is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Specialist or Expert. This Board Certification by The Florida Bar recognizes Mr. Moody's special knowledge, skills and proficiency as a civil trial lawyer and his professionalism and ethics. Less than 2% of Florida lawyers are Board Certified as Civil Trial Specialists. Further, the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating service used by attorneys and consumers for selection of legal services has given Mr. Moody an AV-Preeminent Rating. The AV rating represents the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been selected as one of the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers and as an Elite Lawyer of America for membership limited to civil trial lawyers who have obtained a verdict or settlement of at least two (2) million dollars. He has the experience and a thorough understanding of the law involving commercial trucking accidents, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, aviation crashes, and product liability cases. Many of these cases have involved complex litigation associated with catastrophic brain injury, infant birth injury, Federal Motor Carriers, industrial accidents, aviation disasters, and train accidents involving collisions with motor vehicles. Mr. Moody's commitment to his clients and tenacity have resulted in multi-million dollar awards and settlements, including one case that resulted in what was reported to be the largest award ($5.6 million) in the history of Polk County, Florida. For this case, Mr. Moody has the past distinction of obtaining the largest recoverable award in the history of Polk County, Florida. In 2012 alone, Moody Law obtained settlement awards in two different medical malpractice cases of $3,050,000.00 and $9,500,000.00 totaling $12,550,000.00. Mr. Moody is no stranger to litigating against large corporations and insurance companies.


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Central Florida attorney Daniel D. Moody is an experienced trial lawyer who has been committed to pursuing justice for personal injury victims since beginning his practice in 1985. As a native of Polk County, Mr. Moody has handled thousands of cases in the community he loves. With his background in science, his knowledge of aviation standards, and his possession of a pilot’s license, Mr. Dan Moody truly understands every facet of the personal injury and medical malpractice fields in which he practices. The compassion he shows to his clients and dedication to obtain just compensation on behalf of those who deserve it the most is truly remarkable.

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Mr. Moody knows firsthand and personally how devastating a personal injury can be. In May of 2006, he sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident that almost took his life. After spending months in the hospital and undergoing extensive rehabilitation, Mr. Moody has a unique insight and understanding into the gravity of personal injury law that truly distinguishes him from other lawyers.

Mr. Moody is a native and fifth-generation Polk County resident with strong family ties to the community. He was born as the New Years Baby in 1957 in Winter Haven, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degrees at Florida Southern College and Miami-Dade Community College. Mr. Moody’s undergraduate studies include degrees with a Bachelor of Science/Business and an Associate of Science/Arts. Mr. Moody’s undergraduate studies have proved to be the perfect education for his legal career, giving him the special knowledge required for the successful representation in personal injury and medical malpractice claims. In his understudy he completed courses in human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry. This biology and science education has provided Mr. Moody an advantage necessary to win for his clients in medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

Mr. Moody graduated and received his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 1985, with Dean's List honors. There he served as a United States Federal District Court Law Clerk and won the prestigious Finalist Advocate Award in the James O'Haley Federal Court Senior Trial Competitions. After graduating and returning home from law school, Mr. Moody began presenting cases to juries as an Assistant State Attorney. He then practiced law with a prominent law firm in Gainesville, Florida, primarily limiting his representation to helping those injured as a result of medical malpractice. He established his own law firm in 1991 and in 1993 founded the law firm of Pansler and Moody, P.A. Thereafter, he established Moody Law, P.A.

Mr. Moody is an avid aviator. His interest in flying has made aviation an integral part of his legal practice. Mr. Moody’s experience and training as an instrument pilot has provided him with an insight to aviation cases and crash investigation that a non-pilot cannot have. Mr. Moody’s aviation experience has given him rare insight, with the knowledge and understanding of the operations, mechanics, and physics of flight as well as a foundation and knowledge of aviation law. These foundations underlie basic understanding of accident investigations. As an active pilot, Mr. Moody has accumulated thousands of hours of flight time, much of which was compiled during flights to court, depositions, client/witness conferences, and continuing education courses. The ownership of a private plane allows Mr. Moody and his staff to travel across the country in an efficient and timely manner for clients and business matters. Mr. Moody has experience in representing aviation law matters, including aircraft crashes and all aspects of FAA regulations and airmen operations.

Mr. Moody is married and has two children. His wife, Nancy, is a Physician Assistant, who graduated from the Physician Assistant program at the University of Florida, School of Medicine. His daughter Mallory is also a graduate of the University of Florida and a Physician Assistant in Jacksonville. His son, Drew, is a pre-law college student at the University of Florida. The Moody family is active in their church. Community involvement has always been part of Mr. Moody's life. Mr. Moody has a long history of active leadership in public/civic and professional organizations, serving as the past president of the Bartow Lions Club International and as a youth football coach, among other activities.

Legal Qualifications:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1985.
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Specialist.  
  • Admitted, ALL Florida State Courts.
  • Admitted, Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida. 

Education:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Graduated with Honors of Dean's List, Birmingham, Alabama in 1985.
  • Finalist Award Recipient - 1985 Jefferson County Senior Court Competitions. 
  • Federal U.S. District Court Clerkship in 1984-85 in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Florida Southern College in 1980.
  • Associate of Science and Arts with Mortuary Science Degrees, Miami-Dade Community College in 1978.
  • 1975 Graduate of Fort Meade High School.
  • Senior Class President.
  • American Legion Boy State Representative.

Honors/Awards:                

  • Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent Rating-voted by members of the bar and judiciary for the highest level of professional excellence.
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Membership.
  • Best Attorneys of America, Rue Ratings’ Lifetime Membership.
  • Best Trial 100 Lawyers in America.
  • Elite Lawyers of America Membership.

Licensures:

  • Florida Bar.
  • Licensed FAA Private Aviation Pilot with Instrument Rating.
  • Former Licensed Florida Funeral Director.
  • Former Licensed Florida Real Estate Agent.

Legal Memberships:

  • Eagle Member, Florida Justice Association.
  • Member, American Association for Justice.
  • Member, Polk County Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Member, Lakeland Bar Association.
  • Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Program Member.
  • Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, AAJ.
  • Member, Tiger Bay Club of Polk County.    

Non-Legal Memberships:

  • Member, First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven, Florida.
  • Member, Sun-N-Fun Advisory Board.
  • Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
  • Member, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
  • Past President and Director of Lions Club International, Bartow, Florida.

Former Employment:

  • Founder, Law Firm of Moody Law, P.A. – current.
  • Founder, Law Firm of Pansler and Moody, P.A. – 1993.
  • Founder, Law Offices of Daniel D. Moody, P.A., 1991.
  • Former Attorney, Law Firm of Clayton, Johnston, Quincey, Ireland, Gadd, Smith, & Roundtree, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Former Assistant City Attorney, City of Ft. Meade, Florida.
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit.

Recent Programs/Continuing Education:

  • Advanced Medical Malpractice-Florida Bar.
  • Program Moderator for the Civil Court Judicial Forum (What Civil Court Judges Want to Know).
  • How to Win Trucking Cases, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) Cases-AAJ- Miami, FL.
  • Medical Malpractice Seminar-FJA-Orlando, FL.
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy-Florida Bar-Gainesville, FL.
  • Advanced Trial Skills-Florida Bar.
  • Advanced Evidence-Florida Bar-Orlando, FL.
  • Legislative Changes Seminar-2014.
  • Civil Trial Certification Review-Florida Bar.
  • Workhorse Seminar-FJA.

Christopher D. Russo, J.D.

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Personal injury lawyer Christopher D. Russo grew up in Lakeland, Florida and has strong ties to the local community in Polk County, Florida. He graduated from Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Florida, where he won the Laidlaw, Inc. scholarship for academics. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served as a cadet from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Russo was selected from a pool of more than 10,000 applicants for admission to the United States Air Force Academy. This military experience introduced Mr. Russo to aviation and ingrained a standard of excellence that he has followed ever since. In 2003, Mr. Russo earned a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he was also recognized as a Florida Bright Futures Scholar. Before law school, Mr. Russo worked with an Orlando law firm representing clients for criminal defense and family law matters. Mr. Russo graduated law school at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida, in 2006 with a Juris Doctor. While still in law school, he volunteered his services as a certified legal intern with the Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinic, which provided pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence in the Alachua County community. The certified legal intern program allows law students to actively represent clients in court proceedings and other matters under the supervision of an attorney. Mr. Russo was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006 and began his career as an Assistant Public Defender for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Bartow, Florida before becoming an accident and injury lawyer. As a public defender in Polk County, Christopher D. Russo was the lead attorney on his cases. He was a vigorous advocate for safeguarding the rights guaranteed to the people by the United States Constitution and Constitution of the State of Florida, including the right to a trial by a jury of peers. Mr. Russo represented hundreds of people in the Polk County community and pursued cases to trial where appropriate to protect the client's best interests and constitutional right to due process of law. This trial experience gave Mr. Russo a strong foundation for trial work as well as the opportunity to become acquainted with local judges and other attorneys. Since joining Moody Law, Mr. Russo has gained an abundance of experience litigating personal injury cases involving all aspects of automobile accident cases, motor vehicle law, products liability cases, and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Russo also handles a select number of cases involving estate and trust litigation.


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Central Florida lawyer Christopher D. Russo has been a successful attorney since 2006. Prior to obtaining his law degree from the University of Florida, Mr. Russo attended the United States Air Force Academy and UCF. As a Lakeland native, Mr. Chris Russo is proud to serve the community to which he has belonged to for so many years. Mr. Russo's colleagues would classify him as a problem solver, as he has already helped hundreds of clients obtain the compensation they deserve due to other parties’ negligent behaviors and wrongful actions. With a passionate desire to help others in their time of greatest need, Mr. Russo provides quality and aggressive representation for all of his clients.

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In 2007, Mr. Russo joined Moody Law, P.A. as an associate attorney to specialize in injury and accident cases. As a personal injury attorney, he represents people with cases in areas of general civil trial practice, serious personal injuries, negligence, car/automobile accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, hit and run accidents, DUI/drunk driving accidents, bicycle accidents, aviation accidents, product liability/dangerous products, insurance disputes, pharmaceutical errors, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. Christopher D. Russo is admitted to all Florida courts and to the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

An article written by Mr. Russo was published in "Res Integra" by the Lakeland Bar Association in January/February 2010 on joint venture liability in tort cases. This publication is made available to all members of the Lakeland Bar Association.

Mr. Russo is married to his wife, Alejandra. She is a practicing pharmacist and a graduate of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. She is a Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens. Mr. Russo also has a son named Anthony.

Mr. Russo has represented plaintiffs in hundreds of personal injury and car accident cases and actively represents clients in the greater Central Florida area, including Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Haines City, Polk County, and across the State of Florida.

CREDENTIALS:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida in 2007
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law - Juris Doctorate, 2006
  • University of Central Florida - Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude, 2003
  • United States Air Force Academy, Cadet 1999-2001, Dean's List
  • Office of Public Defender, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bartow, Florida - Attorney 2006-2007
  • Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinic, Gainesville, Florida, Certified Legal Intern, 2005
  • Pansler & Moody, P.A. Summer Law Clerk 2004
  • Fromang & Fromang, P.A. Legal Assistant 2002-2003
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Member, Lakeland Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2007
  • United States Air Force
  • Member, Willson American Inns of Court
  • Member, Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • American Legion Boy State Representative, 1998
  • Member, Lakeland Rotary Club
  • Member, Bartow Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
  • Officer, Polk County Young Lawyers Division

Gerald B. Spurgin, J.D.

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Gerald B. Spurgin is a highly-experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried numerous personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases in both state and federal courts during his 26 years of practice. Mr. Spurgin was born in DeLand, Florida. While attending public schools, he held various jobs and quickly learned the value of hard work at a young age. Mr. Spurgin put himself through college, graduate school, and law school by working odd jobs and earning scholarships. Mr. Spurgin received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1979. He then completed and received his Masters Degree from Florida State University in 1981. While obtaining his Masters Degree in Tallahassee, Mr. Spurgin served as Administrator for Student Legal Affairs for Florida State University, served on staff in the Office of Governor (Governor Bob Graham), and served on staff in the Community Affairs Committee for the Florida House of Representatives. Mr. Spurgin was also an instructor at Stanley Kaplan Education Centers where he instructed students for the SAT, LSAT, and MCAT entrance examinations for colleges and universities, law schools, and medical schools. After graduating with his Masters Degree from Florida State University, Mr. Spurgin was honored by receiving a full, three-year academic Dean’s Scholarship to law school at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Spurgin continued to work for Stanley Kaplan Educational Centers while attending law school. Mr. Spurgin received his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1984, where he was one of the top graduates in his class. During his three years in law school, Mr. Spurgin served on the American Journal for Trial Advocacy.

Based on his academic performance and distinction in law school, Mr. Spurgin clerked for the prestigious law firm, Holland & Knight, in Miami, Florida. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Spurgin practiced with Holland & Knight in Miami, Florida. Throughout his time with Holland & Knight, Mr. Spurgin handled complex cases involving personal injuries and wrongful death stemming from catastrophic accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice claims. While in the Miami Holland & Knight office, Mr. Spurgin worked on many high profile cases with some of the top trial lawyers in America. Desiring to move to the West Coast of Florida, Mr. Spurgin transferred to Holland & Knight’s Bradenton office, where he practiced for two years, eventually moving to Holland & Knight’s Tampa office. In 2001, Mr. Spurgin was asked to join Morgan & Morgan, where he practiced with an emphasis and concentration in helping clients injured by medical malpractice.

In 2006, Mr. Spurgin decided to leave Morgan & Morgan to help start a medical device company, and as a result, he is an owner of Ultroid Technologies, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Spurgin has served as the company’s President and Legal Counsel, and today Ultroid is a successful company currently selling its products worldwide.


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Central Florida lawyer Gerald B. Spurgin is a resident of DeLand, Florida. With a strong educational background, Mr. Spurgin clerked for the prestigious law firms Holland & Knight and Morgan & Morgan, where he covered complex cases involving personal injuries and wrongful deaths, prior to being asked to join Moody Law. His background in business, including the development and ownership of his own company Ultroid Technologies, Inc., and legal experience make him a force to be reckoned with both inside and outside of the courtroom. Mr. Spurgin is a talented trial lawyer who is compassionate toward his clients, savvy of the legal system, and aggressive when pursuing justice.

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Throughout his legal career, Mr. Spurgin litigated or tried just about every conceivable case involving personal injuries and wrongful death. Early in his legal career, Mr. Spurgin represented not only plaintiffs but also defendants which were large corporations and insurance companies. This exposure has given him added experience and insight into how defendants and insurance companies view claims for personal injuries and wrongful death. Mr. Spurgin’s cases have included complex medical malpractice incidents involving brain injured newborns, misdiagnosed or untimely diagnosed cancers, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed heart attacks, strokes and aneurysms, inappropriately administered anesthesia, improper surgeries, improperly performed surgeries, heart surgeries, stenting, and catheterizations, undiagnosed epidural spinal abscesses, and various numerous emergency room debacles. Mr. Spurgin has litigated or tried cases involving pedestrian accidents, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile and trucking accidents, boating accidents including admiralty, maritime, and Jones Act cases, dangerous property conditions, inadequate security, and defective consumer and medical products.

Mr. Spurgin believes that every client’s case deserves his personal attention and his complete understanding of the legal and medical issues involved. To this end, Mr. Spurgin prides himself on providing tireless and effective representation to each and every one of his clients. Mr. Spurgin knows that every case is different and that each case is probably one of the most important matters in that client’s life. Mr. Spurgin knows there are no substitutes for dedication and hard work for his client. He knows that his client’s day in court is probably the only day to state his or her case, and there are no second chances.

Mr. Spurgin has always sought the best results for his clients who were victimized by a personal injury or untimely death of a loved one or family member due to another party’s negligence. In 2012, Mr. Spurgin celebrated his 7th year as a recipient of Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating, with a perfect 5.0 out of 5 rating, as voted by his fellow attorneys, the highest award achievable for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Spurgin has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by the National Law Journal and as one of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers for medical malpractice by Tampa Bay Magazine. Mr. Spurgin was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1984. He has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court of Florida in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts. Mr. Spurgin has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Spurgin has served as a Speaker at the “Bridge-the-Gap” Seminar and the “Mediation and Arbitration” Seminar sponsored by The Florida Bar. Mr. Spurgin is a member of the Florida Justice Association.

Mr. Spurgin is married with three children. He is a member of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida.

CREDENTIALS

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1984
  • Graduated with Honors of Dean's List from Cumberland School of Law
  • Recipient of a three-year full, academic Dean’s Scholarship from Cumberland School of Law
  • Member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • 5-year recipient of Martindale Hubble’s AV Preeminent Rating, with a perfect 5.0 out of 5 rating, as voted by his fellow attorneys, the highest award achievable for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Selected by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers for Medical Malpractice
  • Masters of Science Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University, 1981
  • Administrator of Student Legal Services for Florida State University
  • Served on staff in the Office of Governor for the State of Florida (Governor Bob Graham)
  • Served on staff in the Florida House of Representatives on staff for the Community Affairs Committee
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Government & Foreign Affairs from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, 1979
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court of Florida, Northern District
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court of Florida, Middle District
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court of Florida, Southern District
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court
  • Summer Associate, Holland & Knight, Miami, Florida
  • Attorney, Holland & Knight, Miami, Bradenton, and Tampa offices
  • Attorney, Morgan & Morgan, Tampa, Florida
  • Founder, Law Office Gerald Spurgin, Esq., P.A.
  • Served as President & Legal Counsel for Ultroid Technologies, Inc.
  • Attorney, Law Firm of Moody Law, P.A.
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Speaker at the “Bridge-the-Gap” Seminar sponsored by the Florida Bar
  • Speaker at the “Mediation and Arbitration” Seminar sponsored by the Florida Bar
  • Member, Hyde Park Methodist Church, Tampa, Florida

Carter J. Adams, J.D.

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Attorney Carter J. Adams is a 7th generation Floridian and is a Winter Haven native with strong ties to the community. He graduated from Lake Region High School in the top 10% of his class and received a Bright Futures Scholarship. He was a Florida Boys State Representative, a member of the National Honor Society four years straight, an officer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and a member of Key Club. He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. After high school, Mr. Adams attended Stetson University, where he was awarded the Wallace Foard Academic Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship and Bright Futures Scholarship - all for Academic Excellence. Mr. Adams served as Brotherhood Chair of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stetson in 2008. Thereafter, Mr. Adams moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked for a publishing company and earned his Illinois Insurance Producers License. After spending two years in Chicago he returned to Florida and entered law school at Barry University School of Law, receiving a substantial scholarship for Academic Excellence and a high LSAT score. While in law school, Mr. Adams was an intern/law clerk with several different law firms, widening his experience with a different skill set each year. He also worked for The Kaplan Bar Review. Through these internships he gained early experience in criminal law, business law, contract law, real estate law, and tort law. He obtained his Juris Doctor in December of 2013 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014. Mr. Adams began his career as an attorney taking a position in Tampa, Florida as an associate attorney with a large law firm. There he represented financial institutions, traveling throughout the state of Florida for trials and hearings. In 2015 he moved back to the Winter Haven area, and became an Assistant State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Adams gained more courtroom experience by trying cases to juries.

Mr. Adams has the legal experience which enables him to passionately represent those who have been wrongfully injured or harmed.

Mr. Adams is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Lakeland Bar Association, and the Florida Justice Association, as well as the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of Leadership of Winter Haven, Class 37. Mr. Adams lives in Winter Haven and is a member of Beymer United Methodist Church.

CREDENTIALS:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014
  • Barry University School of Law- Juris Doctorate 2013
  • Stetson University- Bachelor in Arts & Sciences 2008
  • Assistant State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bartow, Florida- 2015
  • Attorney, Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra- 2014
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • American Legion Boys State Representative
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Member, Lakeland Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Polk County Trial Lawyers Association

Deborah T. Caswell, Paralegal

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Deborah Caswell is a Paralegal with primary duties that include greeting clients, answering the telephone and managing case files. Debbie is knowledgeable about every client’s case. Her compassion and dedication to our clients makes her a valuable asset to our team, and her enthusiasm is appreciated by her co-workers and clients alike. Debbie takes pride in her work and is very passionate about her role with the Moody Law team. She is quick to assist the attorneys in presenting their cases or in anything else they may need assistance with.

Debbie attended nursing school for two years before earning a paralegal certificate at Lakeland Business College in 1975. Debbie has worked for attorneys specializing in probate, personal injury and medical malpractice for eight years. Debbie took time off after giving birth to her two boys, Marcus and Christopher. She volunteered in the classrooms and was very active in the Polk County Schools. Prior to her employment at Moody Law, Debbie worked part-time at an insurance firm, where she consulted with clients about policy coverage and liability issues.

Debbie was born in Dallas, Texas, and has lived in Florida most of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and boating off of the west coast of Florida with her husband, Mark. She runs every day with her chocolate Labrador retriever, Mocha.

Nicole Lehmann, Paralegal

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Nicole Lehmann comes to our firm with approximately 9 years of experience as a paralegal. In 1995, Nicole earned her Associates Degree for Paralegal while studying at Florida Metropolitan University. She is currently enrolled at Polk State College to pursue an additional degree in Nursing. Over the last 6 years, Nicole has focused primarily on litigation cases, which included automobile accidents, slip and falls, product liability, and wrongful death cases. We at Moody Law, P.A. are very proud and lucky to have Nicole with her vast litigation experience in personal injury law. Her primary duties are to assist with the firm’s litigation cases.

Nicole is a native and life long resident of Florida. She has resided in Polk County since 1986. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, crafts, sewing, and most of all, spending time with her three children, Jonathan, Nicholas and Tiffany.

Fernanda Kretzer, Paralegal

Fernanda Kretzer, Legal Assistant

Fernanda Kretzer is a paralegal with Moody Law, P.A. She joined our firm in 2007 following severals years of work in various customer service positions. Fernanda primarily focuses on cases involving personal injury, automobile accidents, product liability, and slip and fall accidents. Fernanda manages a revolving caseload of pre-suit demand and litigation files.

Fernanda was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and speaks the native language of Brazilian Portuguese. Fernanda attended Bartow High School in Bartow, Florida and graduated from Cascade High School in Everett, Washington. Fernanda and her husband, Aaron Kretzer of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, have two children, Ivan and Alessandra. They attend Family Worship Center in Lakeland. Fernanda enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Mendy Gunter, Office Administrator

Mendy Gunter

Mendy Gunter serves as Office Administrator at Moody Law. Prior to employment at Moody Law, Mendy worked in the banking industry where she had 10 years of experience. Mendy is responsible for bookkeeping, management of personnel and office procedure, and management of a wide variety of day-to-day administrative tasks for the office.

Mendy was born and raised in Ft. Meade, thus making her the fourth generation of her family from Polk County. She graduated from Ft. Meade High School and later attended Polk Community College where she obtained her AA Degree. Mendy has been involved in various groups throughout the years associated with both Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Bartow Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Lance, reside in Bartow and have two boys named Blake and Brantley. Mendy enjoys spending time with her children and husband and enjoys various outdoor activities such as gardening, running and boating.

Beverly L. Godboldt, Consultant

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Beverly L. Godboldt (“Bev”) is retired after 43 years in the legal profession. Bev was the office administrator and senior paralegal for four years. She now works as a consultant and fills in when needed for Moody Law.

Bev was born and raised in Jamestown, New York and received her Associates Degree in Legal Secretarial Science from Bryant & Stratton College, Buffalo, New York in 1967. After working for a law firm in Jamestown for four years, she moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1972, where she worked as a paralegal/legal assistant for 22 years for James D. Murray and 12 years for Daniel D. Moody before retiring in 2005. When Mr. Moody formed Moody Law, she jumped at the chance to come out of retirement to accept the position in his firm as office administrator. Bev is a former member of the Polk County Legal Secretaries Association, Florida Association of Legal Secretaries and the National Association of Legal Secretaries. She was very active in the local chapter (PCLSA) for many years serving two terms as President together with holding various other offices and chairmanships over the years and conducting various seminars.

Bev has been married to her husband Bill for over thirty years and has two children, Michael and Andy. Michael and his wife Sue live in Erie, PA. Bev and Bill have two granddaughters, Maggie and Ansley. Maggie and Ansley are the pride and joy of her grandparents and Bev is racking up the frequent flyer miles between Tampa and Erie. Andy lives in Winter Haven. Her other pride and joy is, Rufus, her miniature dachshund.

 

Sam Yost

Samatha YostWith more than 15 years in the legal industry, Samatha Yost joined Moody Law as a litigation paralegal whose primary focus is on personal injury and medical malpractice. She assists in all phases of litigation, from inception through discovery and trial.

She earned her Associates of Paralegal Studies Degree from Central Georgia Technical College in 1999 and previously attended Middle Georgia State University studying in nursing and criminal justice. She is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and enjoys photography, vacationing, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. Samatha is a native of Naples, Florida, but lived in Georgia for over 15 years. Samatha and her husband, Brian, relocated back to Florida in 2014, after the birth of their daughter, Scarlett.

While in Georgia, Samatha was the sole paralegal in a small firm, to multiple attorneys. While most of her litigation experience has been in personal injury and insurance defense, she also has substantial experience in civil trial litigation, wills and estate, family law and criminal law. Her numerous years of experience includes management of all aspects of complex litigation in which her responsibilities included: case management and file organization; drafting correspondence, discovery and pleadings; assisting in mediations and arbitrations; researching and investigations; pre-trial and trial preparation along with Court room experience where she assisted in jury selection and handling of exhibits.

Samatha prides herself as a dedicated professional committed to excellence in client services. Since joining the firm, Samatha uses her legal experience in resolving personal injury cases for clients in their time of distress and pain.


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