James (Jim) Moody began his practice in 1979, first training as an
associate at Hogan and Hartson, then moving on to specialize in public
interest law at Capitol Legal Foundation. Following four years at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning bachelor degrees in
computer science (artificial intelligence) and management science, and
where he received the Carl T. Compton Prize and William L. Stewart
Award, he graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1979,
where he was Editor and Board Member of the Georgetown Law Journal.
At the Capitol Legal Foundation, he worked on cases involving economic
liberties, First Amendment, civil rights, and a broad array of deregulation
policy and litigation. He then started a new public interest firm, Advocates
for a Competitive Economy, in 1986.
Mr. Moody’s practice includes representing whistleblowers, including “qui
tam” cases under federal and state false claims acts; applied constitutional
economics; deregulation, civil rights cases–especially those involving the
First and Fifth Amendments; consulting in science, nuclear nonproliferation,
and security policy; the representation of small businesses defending
against government investigations, enforcement actions, and prosecutions;
advocacy for children with autism and vaccine safety/medical liberty, and
cases brought under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Among Mr. Moody’s most notable clients have been Linda Tripp (in the
investigation brought by Independent Counsel Ken Starr involving
Whitewater and the White House), Dr. Andrew Wakefield (a British doctor
who asserted a connection between a novel form of bowel disease and
autism), and General William Westmorland (in his defamation against
CBS). His charitable work has included serving on the Board of Trustees
(Corporation) for MIT and several Visiting Committees; on the Board of
Directors for the MIT Alumni Association; and as a Director of the National
Autism Association, Safeminds (a research think tank focused on autism),
and the Strategic Autism Initiative. Mr. Moody’s hobbies include scuba
diving, skiing, and sailing.